Klopp hinted at overhauling his usual starting XI as is tradition for the 55-year-old, as he tends to use the competition as a gateway for first-team minutes for youngsters and players in desperate need of match fitness.
However, there is an acceptance the compoetition could be more valuable than it usually is. Liverpool are current holders of the Carabao Cup after overcoming Chelsea on penalties last season and, given their struggles in the Premier League, it could be a realistic trophy to win for Klopp’s side.
Still, the league remains the priority, which explains Salah and Van Dijk’s absence from the squad as he places faith in his fringe squad members to get the job done over their League One opponents.
Confirmed Liverpool XI to face Derby: Kelleher; Ramsay, Gomez, Phillips, Tsimikas; Bajcetic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fraudendorf; Clark, Stewart, Carvalho.