I've mentioned this previously, but getting through into the quarter final would make January pretty congested.
The quarters are due to be played mid-December; the same midweek we're in the World Club Cup. We don't have any other free time to play that game, meaning we'd have to play the quarter early Jan the same time the semi-final first leg for the other half of the draw is played. Therefore having to play one of the semi-final legs (if we're there) in a midweek in Jan, except we'll inevitably have an FA Cup replay then......
I'm all for playing a weakened team like we did in the first game. I wouldn't want to see any of our first xi in the match squad. My only issue is if we progress and were to draw a team we feel we can't do that against e.g. getting Everton or City away in the next round.
Really can't risk a Lovren-Gomez CB pairing but I imagine Gomez will play and maybe VDB alongside him. Larouci LB and Milner RB. Will be interesting to see if Lallana starts in the holding role JK has talked about. Keita, Ox, Divock, Brewster and either Elliot or Jones.
Looking forward to this, a bit of relief from the non stop pressure of PL and CL football. Thought we played really well at MK Dons considering it was a mish-mash of experience, youth and players coming back from injury.
Looking forward to seeing Emery grimacing and gurning on the touchline.
I'll leave it to Jurgen and his staff to decide team selection, formation and tactics.
I've mentioned in other threads that I have a Gooner friend who always used to gloat when they'd beat us. He'd be straight on his phone with a text to rub it in. He hasn't had the chance for a while now. Hopefully he'll be quiet on Wednesday night.
Playing Kelleher then? It's a sign I think. It will be a team of youngsters and squaddies playing Arsenal tomorrow. Slightly surprised that Adrian doesn't get a start though, but maybe it's a contractual thing (or Kelleher is actually the next genuine big thing, who knows).
Anyway, I don't think that Klopp will shed a tear if we lose out. It will be actually a relief, considering our already packed winter schedule.