Liverpool will open its Capital One Cup campaign at Anfield against League One side Notts County, a match the Reds will be tipped to win, and to win big at that.
After opening the season with two 1-0 wins despite the absence of Luis Suarez (suspension), confidence is high for a Reds team looking to move into the top-four this season. A long run in the Capital One Cup would inspire even more confidence for the club.
Meanwhile, Notts County survived their first-round match against Fleetwood, winning 3-2. The League One side won't be expecting to score three goals against Liverpool, that much is certain.
Let's break down this second-round match at the Capital One Cup.
When: Tuesday, August 27 at 2:40 p.m. ET (7:40 p.m. BST)
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
Watch: beIN Sport (United States); Sky Sports 1 (UK)
What They're Saying
Besides the player listed below, one Reds player to watch is Fabio Borini, who will look to make a greater impact on Liverpool after a disappointing debut season. Manager Brendan Rodgers has recently said he won't send Borini on loan this year and expects big things from the youngster.
From Mike Whalley of ESPN:
I think there would be a few clubs wanting to take him if he was available. But we want to keep a strong group. It’s a very long season for us. We’ve got Daniel [Sturridge], we’ve got Fabio [Borini] and we’ve got Iago Aspas, and obviously we’ve got Luis [Suarez] to come back in a number of weeks.
We want to make sure the competition in the group is there. It’s about keeping the players here, especially at that top end of the field, where it’s good to have a goalscorer. Fabio will be in the squad against Notts County. He’s working tirelessly. He never really got the goals that his hard work merited over the course of pre-season.
Obviously, a lot of the other players had scored and assisted in pre-season. But you see his hunger. He’s still a young player. He played last week in the reserves against Manchester United and was outstanding in his performance.
He’s working very, very hard to get into the team and make an impact.
Liverpool Player to Watch: Daniel Sturridge
The Liverpool striker has started like a man on fire, scoring both of Liverpool's Premier League goals this season. With Suarez shelved due to suspension and Iago Aspas generally playing behind Sturridge, the young striker has taken this chance and really shone for Liverpool.
With every game he plays, Sturridge is making his mark as a player that has to be on the pitch, not one that will act as Suarez's deputy once he returns. Remember, he's scored 13 goals in 18 appearances for the Reds.
Not too shabby, eh?
Sturridge may be given a rest for this contest as Liverpool give some squad players a start, but if he's on the pitch he's the danger man for Liverpool.
Notts County Player to Watch: Yoann Arquin
Notts County hasn't exactly been a threatening attacking side this season, with just four goals in four League One games. But Yoann Arquin has managed to score two of them in two starts and two appearances, and has been the most clinical man for Notts County to this point.
The odds of upsetting Liverpool are pretty slim, but an early tally from Arquin could make all the difference. Keep an eye on this forward against the Reds.
Liverpool Win If...
They take this game seriously. They're at home, they have far more talent and these cup competitions are a chance for Liverpool's young talent to shine. There is absolutely no reason for the Reds to lose this game against a League One club that has managed just one point in its first four games.
Notts County Wins If...
They score early and holds on for dear life.
Liverpool don't take the game seriously. At Anfield, it's hard to imagine Notts County winning unless the Reds simply decide to use this game as a glorified training session.
A loss here would by Liverpool would be really shocking. It's not going to happen, folks.
Liverpool win, 3-0.
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