Liverpool have confirmed their eleven for their League Cup clash with Middlesbrough tonight, as reported by the club’s official Twitter feed.
The Reds have gone through a rough patch recently.
A win against Ludogorets in the Champions League, which was still not a particularly fluid display, came in the middle of two defeats in the Premier League.
A 1-0 loss against Aston Villa at Anfield was something of a shock result, although Brendan Rodgers’s troops have struggled against them at home in recent years.
However, their 3-1 loss against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground saw them lack any sort of consistency in either attack or defence, and there are now doubts about the quality of the squad going forward.
With Rodgers looking to build a team capable of playing the same attractive football that his side put together last season, it’s understandable that he has turned to the likes of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic to face Middlesbrough tonight, in the quest for a result.
The line up is as follows:
Manquillo, Toure, Sakho, Enrique;
Lucas, Rossiter, Lallana;
Sterling, Lambert, Markovic.
Brendan Rodgers has stated that newly signed Liverpool trio Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli and Alberto Moreno will gain a lot from being able to sample the Anfield atmosphere tomorrow when the club face Aston Villa at home, as reported by the Daily Star.
Italian international Balotelli moved to Liverpool towards the end of the transfer window from AC Milan for a cut price fee of only £16 million. Despite questions over his attitude and his willingness to apply himself as a result, there is a belief that the cost was far less than he is actually worth.
Moreno, who joined Liverpool from Europa League winners Sevilla, was part of an extended saga during the summer transfer window, which required significant negotiations between the Anfield club and the La Liga side. He ultimately joined Liverpool for £12 million.
Markovic is regarded as one of the hottest young talents in Europe, and Liverpool secured his signature from Benfica for £20 million.
With all three potentially available for tomorrow, Rodgers feels playing at Anfield for the first time will be an exciting moment for them.
Rodgers said: “It’ll be brilliant for them.
“It’ll be great for them to sample the support and playing in that cauldron of Anfield.
“It’s a special place to play football – it certainly is to manage. I know the players are looking forward to that.”