Carabao Cup preview: Weakened Liverpool still tipped to beat Norwich

Liverpool get their Carabao Cup campaign underway this week when they travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City in the third round on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that beat Crystal Palace 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon with the German coach taking the opportunity to rest some of his key players.

The League Cup has been used to provide game-time to fringe players and youngsters for several years and that trend is expected to continue tomorrow night so we should see a weakened Liverpool side lining-up at Carrow Road.

However, the Merseysiders are still capable of fielding a competitive side due to the strength and depth of Klopp’s squad and Norwich are also expected to make a number of changes to their usual starting eleven.

The Canaries have endured a difficult return to the top flight following their promotion last season as they sit bottom of the Premier League table having lost all five of their games so far. Therefore, boss Daniel Farke will rest key players as he rightly prioritises staying in the Premier League over a cup run.

Liverpool favourites

Understandably, Liverpool are the heavy favourites to win the game tomorrow night with pricing the Reds at odds of 4/7. You can get 9/2 on Norwich pulling off a shock on home soil while the draw is available at odds of 10/3.

It’s difficult to predict who will feature for Liverpool as the usual big hitters are likely to be rested but Divock Origi is likely to be given a start. The Belgian international looks good value to be first goalscorer at odds of 5/1. If we back Origi to score first in a 2-0 Liverpool win we can bag odds of 38/1.

Team news

Klopp is expected to rest at least two of his front three so only one of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota should feature from the start. Roberto Firmino is ruled out with a thigh injury that’s hampered him for the last few weeks.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a doubt after missing the win over Palace due to illness but Andrew Robertson could return after being rested at the weekend. Virgil van Dijk is likely to be rested with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez pushing for recalls.

Thiago Alcantara picked up a knock on Saturday so he won’t be available while Fabinho and Jordan Henderson could be given a breather. Harvey Elliott is facing a lengthy spell out with a dislocated ankle.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, Takumi Minamino and Origi are all expected to feature for Liverpool tomorrow night.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Liverpool