Lincoln City vs Liverpool
English Carabao Cup
Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Kick-Off at 19.45 UK
Venue: LNER Stadium, Lincoln.
League One outfit Lincoln City will host Premier League champions, Liverpool, at the LNER Stadium for their EFL Third Round clash on Thursday. The Carabao Cup encounter between Lincoln City vs Liverpool is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 pm BST (Friday 12:15 am IST). Here’s a look at our Lincoln City vs Liverpool prediction, Lincoln City vs Liverpool team news and Lincoln City vs Liverpool live stream details.
Lincoln City vs Liverpool Head-to-head
There were no previous head to head meetings between Lincoln City and Liverpool FC, not even in friendly pre-season matches.
Lincoln City vs Liverpool Prediction
Lincoln will surely be up for the challenge against Liverpool despite no fans in their stadium. The hosts will also look to take advantage of a weakened Liverpool side to get the win. However, our Lincoln City vs Liverpool prediction is that Liverpool will win the game.
Lincoln City vs Liverpool Team News
Klopp will make wholesale changes to his side for this match, and it is likely that it will be an entirely different XI to the one which started against Chelsea at the weekend.
One star name who could be in line to feature is Thiago Alcantara as Klopp looks to build him up to full fitness and integrate him into the team, although with an injury doubt over captain
Jordan Henderson, the summer signing may not be in the starting lineup with Arsenal on the horizon.
Diogo Jota could be handed his Liverpool debut, though, having joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers last week in a deal which could rise to £45m.
A mixture of fringe players and youngsters could make up the rest of the XI, including the likes of James Milner, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, Curtis Jones and Kostas Tsimikas, the latter of whom is also in line for his debut.
Joe Gomez is expected to be available but is unlikely to start after missing out against Chelsea, while Xherdan Shaqiri will also be pushing for a place as he battles back from a muscle injury.
Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are definitely sidelined for Klopp’s men, while an Under-21 fixture on Tuesday night could limit the number of youngsters chosen.
Lincoln naturally have fewer rotation options and so could name close to the side that beat MK Dons at the weekend – a match which saw captain Liam Bridcutt make his first start of the season after a hamstring injury.
Harry Anderson and Joe Walsh have also recovered from recent injuries and are available, while Appleton must decide whether to start Tom Hopper or Callum Morton up front, both players having scored on their most recent starts.
Anthony Scully, who scored in the last round against Bradford, will hope to earn his place back in the side, while Max Melbourne could also return on that left flank after being dropped for youngster Sean Roughan at the weekend.
Lincoln City possible starting lineup:
Palmer; Eyoma, Montsma, Jackson, Melbourne; Bridcutt, McGrandles, Jones; Anderson, Hopper, Grant
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Adrian; Williams, Phillips, Van den Berg, Tsimikas; Milner, Grujic, Jones; Minamino, Origi, Jota