Derby County 0 Liverpool 3: Coutinho shines in cup cruise

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is unlikely to rest first-team players for the League Cup clash against second tier Derby County, he said.

With this one of the Reds' two most realistic chances of silverware this term, Klopp and co. will be sure to treat Derby with the utmost respect at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday night.

As promised by Jürgen Klopp in his pre-match media briefing, Loris Karius is also handed his official bow, coming in for Simon Mignolet between the sticks.

The return of Roberto Firmino, who missed the win at Chelsea with a minor groin problem, highlighted how much he oils the wheels in the final third as his link-up play, particularly with Brazil teammate Coutinho, and ability to run into the spaces was again top drawer.

Derby striker Andreas Weimann could feature as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Joe Gomez and Sheyi Ojo remain sidelined for the Reds.

Fearing the worst? Nigel Pearson is without a win in 6 for Derby.

The focal point of Derby's buildup is likely to be youngster Will Hughes, who has been the star of Derby's previous campaigns.

Jurgen Klopp produced a brilliant display to down Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week and will be confident of sweeping into the fourth round. Derby are an ambitious club.

Derby have lost 21 of their last 26 matches against Liverpool in all competitions, winning three and drawing two.

And the one-time capped England worldwide has continued his recovery with two goals in two appearances for Liverpool's Under 23's side this term.

Derby County are without a win in the last 5 Championship games and have won just 1 official game in regulation time since the start of the 2016-17 season in all competitions.

Liverpool have been eliminated from just one of their past 13 League Cup ties against lower-league opposition, losing on penalties against Northampton in September 2010.

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