Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp faces a selection headache ahead of the Reds Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday night, according to a report in The Echo.

It is the first of a double-header that the Merseysiders have with the Blues this week, with the second game a Premier League top-of-the-table clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

The Reds are expected to make a whole host of changes for Wednesday night as typically the Carabao Cup would be bottom of their list of priorities behind the league, Champions League and the FA Cup.

However, it’s been six long seasons since the Anfield giants last won a trophy and the Carabao does present, arguably, the best chance of getting silverware this season.

Liverpool have made a sensational start to the season with a 100% record across all competitions, spanning seven games and will want to keep that run against their London rivals.

The more important clash is the Premier League head-to-head on Saturday, so it would appear that this would be the perfect time for many of the first-choice players to be rested.

It will be a delicate balancing act for Klopp, but the Carabao Cup game will give him the chance to showcase the strength-in-depth of his Reds squad with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita likely to start.

The game on Wednesday night could also bring about a full debut for Fabinho, who is still to make a start for the Reds despite being brought in from AS Monaco in the summer for £43million, but it is understood that Klopp is now ready to blood the silky midfielder into the heat of battle.

Liverpool are in the midst of a difficult stretch of games which has seen them beat Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-German and Southampton so far, but after the two Chelsea games they will travel to Napoli in the Champions League before hosting Manchester City in a huge Premier League clash.


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