Liverpool vs Lincoln City

Lincoln City vs. Liverpool: Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch. For the first — but definitely not the last — time in this weird season, Liverpool will take the pitch on less than a week’s rest. Thankfully, it’s a soft start, with the Carabao Cup a competition Jürgen Klopp has been more than willing to play the kids, and the opposition third tier Lincoln City.

The Imps, lead by the uncomfortably yoked for a manager Michael Appleton have started the season at a gallop, winning all four of their matches, with a combined 11-2 goal differential. Two straight wins in the league sees them in second place behind Ipswich Town and their ambitions of promotion to the Championship have kicked off in the best possible manner.

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A few injuries have struck the club in the opening stanza of the campaign, however, and will have to make matchday decisions on a few starters. A proper primer on Lincoln City can be found here. Liverpool vs Lincoln City,
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)

Adrián; Williams, Phillips, Koumetio, Tsimikas; Thiago, Jones, Milner; Jota, Minamino, Elliott

It’s anyone’s guess what Jürgen Klopp will do here, as — despite press conference stand-in Pep Lijnders assurances of a “strong team” — the Carabao Cup has never been a priority under the German’s tenure. There is also the fact that the Reds now have genuine depth in their squad, and even making 11 changes will be able to field a Premier League level XI.

At the back, Joe Gomez and Joël Matip will miss out again, with the former likely to return in time for Arsenal at the weekend. Billy Koumetio will be subject of a fitness test tomorrow, and may start, in all likelihood next to one of Nat Phillips or Virgil van Dijk. Kostas Tsimikas is likely to spell Andy Robertson, while Neco Williams will make his second start of the season at right-back.

Despite immediately bossing things against ten-man Chelsea on Sunday, Thiago is in need of further match fitness and could be in line for a start, while Curtis Jones is a logical inclusion following his performances in cup competitions last season and subsequent development. Jordan Henderson misses out after suffering an injury at Stamford Bridge, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains unavailable. The veteran savvy of James Milner could provide a useful nexus point in midfield.

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Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino were brought to the club as depth for the front three and should be allowed to play that role here, possibly alongside Harvey Elliott, who impressed massively in pre-season. Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah will no doubt be in the squad however, to right the ship should things go askance.
What the Managers Said

Pep Lijnders: “We want to attack that game, show our hunger, show our desire, put a team out who represents our club – with big, big names involved, big, big players involved. And a lot of talent as well. Liverpool vs Lincoln City”

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Michael Appleton: “We’re playing the Premier League champions and it’s an opportunity to pit our wits against some of the best players in the country.”
The Officials

Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant referees: Akil Howson, Shaun Hudson
Fourth official: Geoff Eltringham

Kickoff is set for 7:45PM GMT/2:45PM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV.

In the meantime, and as always, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.

Liverpool vs Lincoln City

Liverpool are likely to ‘combine experience with talent’ as they name a strong team to begin their Carabao Cup campaign at Lincoln City on Thursday night. Jürgen Klopp’s side journey to the LNER Stadium to face the League One outfit, who have already progressed through two rounds of the competition and won both of their league matches in 2020-21.

A guide to Lincoln City, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip remain unavailable for the Reds and will not be considered for the third-round tie, while teenage centre-back Billy Koumetio underwent a fitness check on Wednesday after missing training in the preceding days.

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Elsewhere, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas are awaiting their competitive debuts for the club. Liverpool vs Lincoln City,

Outlining Liverpool’s selection plans ahead of the contest, assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders insisted: “The team tomorrow will be a strong team. I think some of you guys [the media] will be surprised, to be honest.Liverpool vs Lincoln City”

And the Dutchman explained how any alterations to the line-up will be made with the desire to reach round four in mind.

“It’s about finding a team that feels the responsibility to give everything tomorrow, and finding a good balance in this,” he said at the pre-match press conference. Liverpool vs Lincoln City,

“I said already last year, in these competitions is a great moment where you can combine experience with talent, which makes each other stronger; the fire of the young players, the risk of the young players, the bravery.

“Which we need tomorrow because we’re going to play against a side who will defend deep, that is ready to counter-attack, has real speed on the wings and real technical players on the inside. But set up for a good counter-attacking game; they scored five goals already, for example, this season from counter-attacks. At the same time, when they play they really play.

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“The team we have to put into place tomorrow has to be a team that is very well prepared. If you have only three days in between two games, you have to use that time very wisely, you have to prepare the team. Sometimes it’s really interesting to prepare a team from day one after the last game. That’s what we try to do.”

Lincoln boss Michael Appleton may be forced to make changes to the side that claimed a 2-1 win at Milton Keynes Dons in League One last Saturday.

“We’ve got a couple of issues,” he said ahead of Liverpool’s visit. “But I don’t want to give too much away to Jürgen!

“We’ve got a couple of issues that might be a bit of a problem come Thursday. It’s going to be touch and go with definitely one of them, but maybe a couple of them.”

On the prospect of the Reds shuffling their options to face The Imps, Appleton said: “Most weekends, we probably know at least eight, maybe nine, players the opposition are going to start with. It could be anything on Thursday.

“Is last year’s FA Cup run they had a bit of an indication of the team they may play? I don’t know. But having said that, the one thing that doesn’t change – or doesn’t tend to change – is their style and how they set up.

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“So, we can prepare for that and hopefully we do the right preparation.”

Last match

MK Dons 1-2 Lincoln (September 19): Palmer, Eyoma, Montsma, Jackson, Roughan, Bridcutt, McGrandles, Jones, Anderson, Grant, Hopper.

Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool (September 20): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Lincoln City vs Liverpool

Liverpool are likely to ‘combine experience with talent’ as they name a strong team to begin their Carabao Cup campaign at Lincoln City on Thursday night. Jürgen Klopp’s side journey to the LNER Stadium to face the League One outfit, who have already progressed through two rounds of the competition and won both of their league matches in 2020-21.

A guide to Lincoln City, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip remain unavailable for the Reds and will not be considered for the third-round tie, while teenage centre-back Billy Koumetio underwent a fitness check on Wednesday after missing training in the preceding days.

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Elsewhere, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas are awaiting their competitive debuts for the club. Lincoln City vs Liverpool,

Outlining Liverpool’s selection plans ahead of the contest, assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders insisted: “The team tomorrow will be a strong team. I think some of you guys [the media] will be surprised, to be honest. Lincoln City vs Liverpool”

And the Dutchman explained how any alterations to the line-up will be made with the desire to reach round four in mind. Lincoln City vs Liverpool,

“It’s about finding a team that feels the responsibility to give everything tomorrow, and finding a good balance in this,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

“I said already last year, in these competitions is a great moment where you can combine experience with talent, which makes each other stronger; the fire of the young players, the risk of the young players, the bravery.

“Which we need tomorrow because we’re going to play against a side who will defend deep, that is ready to counter-attack, has real speed on the wings and real technical players on the inside. But set up for a good counter-attacking game; they scored five goals already, for example, this season from counter-attacks. At the same time, when they play they really play.

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“The team we have to put into place tomorrow has to be a team that is very well prepared. If you have only three days in between two games, you have to use that time very wisely, you have to prepare the team. Sometimes it’s really interesting to prepare a team from day one after the last game. That’s what we try to do.”

Lincoln boss Michael Appleton may be forced to make changes to the side that claimed a 2-1 win at Milton Keynes Dons in League One last Saturday.

“We’ve got a couple of issues,” he said ahead of Liverpool’s visit. “But I don’t want to give too much away to Jürgen!

“We’ve got a couple of issues that might be a bit of a problem come Thursday. It’s going to be touch and go with definitely one of them, but maybe a couple of them.”

On the prospect of the Reds shuffling their options to face The Imps, Appleton said: “Most weekends, we probably know at least eight, maybe nine, players the opposition are going to start with. It could be anything on Thursday.

“Is last year’s FA Cup run they had a bit of an indication of the team they may play? I don’t know. But having said that, the one thing that doesn’t change – or doesn’t tend to change – is their style and how they set up.

“So, we can prepare for that and hopefully we do the right preparation.”

Last match

MK Dons 1-2 Lincoln (September 19): Palmer, Eyoma, Montsma, Jackson, Roughan, Bridcutt, McGrandles, Jones, Anderson, Grant, Hopper.

Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool (September 20): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Aston Villa vs Bristol City

Aston Villa vs Bristol City A rookie in reserve, Traore poised to make debut – How Aston Villa could line up at Bristol City. Bristol City v Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup – The third-round tie is not on TV while it’s expected Dean Smith could make as many as 10 changes to the side that beat Sheffield United 1-0

Aston Villa would have had a 70-hour turnaround from the final whistle against Sheffield United to the first one at Ashton Gate on Thursday. Villa are in Carabao Cup third-round action against the Robins just four weeks after two 60-minute games against them in a pre-season friendly.

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The two-game encounter finished 1-1 while, on Thursday, Dean Smith will be looking for progression to play either Stoke or Gillingham in the next round.

The League Cup is a competition Smith’s spoken at length about before and reiterated it’s a competition Villa can win after going so close last year.

Villa, meanwhile, fresh from a winning Premier League start, will ring the changes against Bristol City knowing they face Fulham just four days later on Monday, September 28. Aston Villa vs Bristol City.

Here, BirminghamLive looks at the potential starting XI Smith will most-likely go with, including a debut for £17 million summer buy Bertrand Traore.Aston Villa vs Bristol City,

Emiliano Martinez had a debut to remember after saving a spot-kick and keeping a welcome clean sheet. The Argentinian was signed for a reason following the £20 million transfer and that’s to become Villa’s new No.1 in the Premier League in the absence of Tom Heaton.

As for Thursday night, Jed Steer is likely to get some much-needed game time in place of Orjan Nyland. It was the latter who played 90 minutes at Burton in the previous round but Steer is expected to be the cup goalkeeper from hereon in. Nyland’s future remains up in the air, too, as his current Villa contract expires in June 2021. Lovre Kalinic and Nyland are expected to head out prior to the October 5 deadline, leaving Villa with a three-man goalkeeping department of Martinez, Heaton and Steer. Under-23 stopper Viljami Sinisalo will be fourth-choice should injuries occur.

Defence

Now here’s a potential problematic position for Villa at Bristol knowing Ezri Konsa had a slight issue with his left hamstring. The centre-back, Monday’s goal hero, was in inspired form against Sheffield United and won’t be risked on Thursday evening. Smith, though, will hope Bjorn Engels shakes off a thigh strain in time otherwise Tyrone Mings will have to step in which would see him play three games within a week. Kortney Hause is a banker to start at Bristol with the ex-Wolves man being a cup competitor for the season ahead. Should Engels miss out again, young centre-back Dominic Reven, 20, might just get the call-up to the bench.

At full-back, Neil Taylor will get match action in the Carabao Cup once more while, over on the right, Ahmed Elmohamady is ahead of Frederic Guilbert in terms of Villa’s pecking order. Matty Cash will be Villa’s Premier League right-back and he’ll take a deserved night off on Thursday after an impressive big-league debut.

Midfield

Against Burton, Smith started Marvelous Nakamba as Villa’s midfield anchorman with the impressive Jacob Ramsey and Henri Lansbury in front of him and you can’t see that changing for Bristol. Conor Hourihane played only an hour on Monday and should be an option from off the bench. As for Ramsey, he’ll look to build on that assured display at the Pirelli Stadium – only this time against far better opposition. John McGinn and Douglas Luiz, you feel, will both be rested for Fulham.

Attack

Club-record signing Ollie Watkins started last week and scored on his competitive Villa debut in the 3-1 win over the Brewers. The £33 million man is, though, fresh from a demanding 90-minute workout against Sheffield United and looks set for a place on the bench with Keinan Davis likely to earn a recall to the starting XI. Davis is eying back to back goals in the cup after a rare strike at Burton.

The biggest mystery ahead of Thursday will evolve around Mbwana Samatta. The Tanzanian was unused against Burton Albion and watched from the Trinity Road Stand against Sheffield United, with Smith saying of his omission: “It’s just selection. Players who I believe have done well (in training) get in the team.” Smith, meanwhile, could use the cup tie at Burton to put Samatta in the shop window as a good performance and a goal could bump up his price.

Bristol City vs Aston Villa

Bristol City vs Aston Villa A rookie in reserve, Traore poised to make debut – How Aston Villa could line up at Bristol City. Bristol City v Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup – The third-round tie is not on TV while it’s expected Dean Smith could make as many as 10 changes to the side that beat Sheffield United 1-0

Aston Villa would have had a 70-hour turnaround from the final whistle against Sheffield United to the first one at Ashton Gate on Thursday. Villa are in Carabao Cup third-round action against the Robins just four weeks after two 60-minute games against them in a pre-season friendly.

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The two-game encounter finished 1-1 while, on Thursday, Dean Smith will be looking for progression to play either Stoke or Gillingham in the next round.

The League Cup is a competition Smith’s spoken at length about before and reiterated it’s a competition Villa can win after going so close last year.

Villa, meanwhile, fresh from a winning Premier League start, will ring the changes against Bristol City knowing they face Fulham just four days later on Monday, September 28. Bristol City vs Aston Villa.

Here, BirminghamLive looks at the potential starting XI Smith will most-likely go with, including a debut for £17 million summer buy Bertrand Traore. Bristol City vs Aston Villa,

Emiliano Martinez had a debut to remember after saving a spot-kick and keeping a welcome clean sheet. The Argentinian was signed for a reason following the £20 million transfer and that’s to become Villa’s new No.1 in the Premier League in the absence of Tom Heaton.

As for Thursday night, Jed Steer is likely to get some much-needed game time in place of Orjan Nyland. It was the latter who played 90 minutes at Burton in the previous round but Steer is expected to be the cup goalkeeper from hereon in. Nyland’s future remains up in the air, too, as his current Villa contract expires in June 2021. Lovre Kalinic and Nyland are expected to head out prior to the October 5 deadline, leaving Villa with a three-man goalkeeping department of Martinez, Heaton and Steer. Under-23 stopper Viljami Sinisalo will be fourth-choice should injuries occur.

Defence

Now here’s a potential problematic position for Villa at Bristol knowing Ezri Konsa had a slight issue with his left hamstring. The centre-back, Monday’s goal hero, was in inspired form against Sheffield United and won’t be risked on Thursday evening. Smith, though, will hope Bjorn Engels shakes off a thigh strain in time otherwise Tyrone Mings will have to step in which would see him play three games within a week. Kortney Hause is a banker to start at Bristol with the ex-Wolves man being a cup competitor for the season ahead. Should Engels miss out again, young centre-back Dominic Reven, 20, might just get the call-up to the bench.

At full-back, Neil Taylor will get match action in the Carabao Cup once more while, over on the right, Ahmed Elmohamady is ahead of Frederic Guilbert in terms of Villa’s pecking order. Matty Cash will be Villa’s Premier League right-back and he’ll take a deserved night off on Thursday after an impressive big-league debut.

Midfield

Against Burton, Smith started Marvelous Nakamba as Villa’s midfield anchorman with the impressive Jacob Ramsey and Henri Lansbury in front of him and you can’t see that changing for Bristol. Conor Hourihane played only an hour on Monday and should be an option from off the bench. As for Ramsey, he’ll look to build on that assured display at the Pirelli Stadium – only this time against far better opposition. John McGinn and Douglas Luiz, you feel, will both be rested for Fulham.

Attack

Club-record signing Ollie Watkins started last week and scored on his competitive Villa debut in the 3-1 win over the Brewers. The £33 million man is, though, fresh from a demanding 90-minute workout against Sheffield United and looks set for a place on the bench with Keinan Davis likely to earn a recall to the starting XI. Davis is eying back to back goals in the cup after a rare strike at Burton.

The biggest mystery ahead of Thursday will evolve around Mbwana Samatta. The Tanzanian was unused against Burton Albion and watched from the Trinity Road Stand against Sheffield United, with Smith saying of his omission: “It’s just selection. Players who I believe have done well (in training) get in the team.” Smith, meanwhile, could use the cup tie at Burton to put Samatta in the shop window as a good performance and a goal could bump up his price.