With the EFL Cup fourth round draw completed, Liverpool have been handed an exciting looking match, with Tottenham Hotspur, at Anfield.
This will be an early repeat of the Premier League fixture at White Hart Lane, which ended 1-1 at the end of August. With no European football this season, Jurgen Klopp seems to be targeting the EFL Cup, as a good opportunity to win his first silverware at the club.
In the third round match, at Derby Country, Klopp picked a very strong Liverpool team, with the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho all starting the match. This is a sign Klopp wants to win this tournament but the fourth round fixture, against Tottenham, should prove to me a much tougher test than the one offered at Derby.
Tottenham breezed beyond Gillingham in their third round match, scoring five goals without reply but it will be interesting to see what sort of team Mauricio Pochettino selects for the game. The match is scheduled to take place towards the end of October, by which time the Premier League season will be in full swing and Tottenham also have a Champions League campaign to worry about, all of which could play into Liverpool’s hands.
The main thing however, is having the home advantage. No travelling in mid-week is a great bonus and Anfield will be packed for the game, which will help in giving Liverpool the edge over Tottenham. Anything can happen between now and the fourth round of the EFL Cup but as things stand, there is nothing to fear in this match for Liverpool and both the players and fans will be looking forward to a good run in the tournament.