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Liverpool vs. Leeds United EFL Cup 2016: Lallana and Sturridge to miss clash; Firminho doubtful

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that both Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge will miss the EFL Cup clash with Leeds United on Tuesday. Roberto Firminho is also a doubt as The Reds look to take one step closer to the final.

“You know about Philippe. We will know more this afternoon. Adam is close to being back in training but he won’t be ready. Daniel isn’t in training and we will have to wait on Firmino. We will have to see how he is after training today.” Klopp said, as reported by Mirror.

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Liverpool will be without many of their key players as they host Championship side Leeds at Anfield. The biggest name missing will be Philippe Coutinho, who was stretchered off the field in the Premier League against Sunderland, according to BBC.

Klopp doesn’t look bothered with a list of key players unavailable for selection on Tuesday. The German wouldn’t have fielded most of them in starting lineup in the first place.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager has played mainly young players in the EFL Cup until now. He made 11 changes in the side which won against Tottenham Hotspur in the round of last-16.

Divock Origi is likely to start against Leeds. The Belgian replaced Coutinho at the weekend and scored the team’s first goal against Sunderland. Liverpool went on to win the match 2-0.

The 21-year-old revealed of finding it “very difficult” in the 2016-17 season watching his team from the sidelines. Origi has not started any of the Premier League games for Liverpool until now, according to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo.

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Klopp acknowledged the striker’s tough time of late. However, the 49-year-old urged the player to be patient.

With Coutinho out for some time on the sidelines, this could be the perfect opportunity for Origi to shine. If the player manages to impress against Leeds, he may find himself starting for the Reds more often.

Photo courtesy: Ben Sutherland/Flickr

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