Liverpool welcome Manchester City to Anfield on Wednesday evening, just three days after losing to them on penalties in the Capital One Cup final.
Jurgen Klopp’s men didn’t perform as well as they could have at Wembley and it’s probably fair to say that the side who played better on the day won the trophy, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept for Reds fans.
As well as looking for some retribution, Liverpool will know that they must win the game if they even want to keep alive the remote possibility of finishing in the top four.
Wins for Chelsea and Everton on Tuesday evening mean that the Reds have slipped to 11th position in the Premier League table, but a win tonight could see them move up to seventh, depending on Stoke City’s result at home to Newcastle.
Lucas, who performed well at centre-half at Wembley will miss the game with a muscle injury and Mamadou Sakho also looks set to miss out after he was forced off in the cup final with a head injury. Daniel Sturridge was suffering with cramp in extra-time so he too might get a rest.
With all that in mind, here is the XI that I think Klopp will select tonight: