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MetiNews.Com - Lijnders was impressive as he sat in front of the media to preview tonight's trip to Lincoln
Breaking News ! Jurgen Klopp has always used the League Cup to show who's up next at Anfield. Since the Reds boss has been in charge at Anfield, he has given game time to players such as Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams to signal the beginning of their movement towards the first-team. Trent Alexander-Arnold's senior Liverpool debut came in the competition, while Ki-Jana Hoever scored his only goal for the club in a third-round tie at MK Dons 12 months ago. Goalkeeper Caoihmin Kelleher's three appearances so far for the senior team arrived during last year's run to the quarter-final. Read More Related Articles Liverpool prepare for major Carabao Cup change with new selection plan Read More Related Articles Pep Lijnders dismisses Diogo Jota claim as new signing gets set to challenge at Liverpool And the youngest Reds side in history was fielded at Aston Villa due to the extenuating circumstances of Liverpool's involvement in two competitions more than 4,000 miles apart across less than 24 hours last December. Klopp, of course, is not unique in his plans to let youngsters cut their teeth in England's secondary cup competition. Such practice has been common for many a year across the top flight, but it would appear that it is not just on the field where the League Cup is being used to groom potential. For the second successive season it would appear that Carabao Cup media duties extend as part of assistant manager Pep Lijnders's remit. The Dutchman was wheeled out in place of Klopp for Thursday's trip to Lincoln City and, as is becoming increasingly commonplace, impressed in front of the assembled press. Last year, Lijnders sat in front of journalists and fascinated with passionate and off-the-cuff replies about the club's on-pitch identity and beyond. Read More Related Articles Liverpool and Burnley in talks over Harry Wilson transfer deal Read More Related Articles Fabinho 'sacrifice' explained as Liverpool ponder Billy Koumetio opportunity "We are trying to create a new generation," he said as the Reds prepared to visit MK Dons one year ago today. "We don't see subs or bench players, we see game changers. "If you want to compete in five competitions everybody has to be ready and feel that responsibility." In the true spirit of the League Cup, it was an eye-catching performance from a highly-rated youngster tipped for big things. The then 36-year-old had no time for headline-making soundbites or comments that could have been deliberately misconstrued.
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One year on, he was back in the big chair, this time greeted by the faces of the gathered media on a Zoom call only. But he was no less fascinating in his rhetoric, making it easy to see why he is hugely respected behind the gates at Melwood. One again, Lijnders was measured, articulate and concise about Klopp's plans for the trip to Sincil Bank on Thursday evening. "How we have evolved our squad over the last few years gives us more opportunity to attack this competition," he said. "The last few years we've spoken about giving [young] talent an opportunity. This phase has gone. "These players who were talents at that moment are players who now represent a position in our squad and have a very important role to play. We feel we are ready. "The team tomorrow will be a strong team. I feel some of you guys will be surprised, to be honest."
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At a time when some continue to speculate about what a Liverpool set-up looks like post Jurgen Klopp, it is interesting to see how Lijnders continues to blossom under the Anfield glare. Klopp has always used the League Cup to show who's next - and it would appear that stretches into the dugout too. *Sign up for our FREE daily Liverpool newsletter here.
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