Following on from a moral-boosting 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday against Arsenal, Liverpool will be looking to string back-to-back wins together and book their passage into the third round—the round the Reds usually enter at when playing in Europe—at the expense of the League One outfit who have garnered just a single point from their opening four league fixtures.
The League Cup offers manager Kenny Dalglish a chance to change around his team somewhat following just two changes in personnel from the opening two league fixtures. Stalwarts from last season such as Martin Skrtel and Maxi Rodriguez have yet to figure this season and Raul Meireles only made a substitute appearance—although a telling one—against Arsenal.
The Reds will travel to St. James Park hoping for much better fare than in the same competition last season, when the side managed by Roy Hodgson crashed out at the first attempt against League Two side Northampton after extra time and penalties.
The fate of the Reds in the League Cup in recent seasons has not been all that much better since Rafa Benitez's first campaign at the helm, when they went all the way to the final in 2004-05 where they were beaten by Chelsea.
Liverpool however hold a proud history in the competition and have won the League Cup a record seven times, at least two more than any other team.
Liverpool's recent League Cup form:
2010-11: lost in 3rd round at home to Northampton
2009-10: lost in 4th round away to Arsenal
2008-09: lost in 4th round away to Tottenham
2007-08: lost in 5th round (quarter finals) away to Chelsea
2006-07: lost in 5th round (quarter finals) home to Arsenal