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EFL Cup : Liverpool Vs Lincoln City Match Preview, Line Up, Live Info

Liverpool Vs Lincoln City
SCHEDULE
TIME
MATCH :
Liverpool
 V/s
Lincoln City
(EFL Cup)
DATE:
25-09-2020
TIME:
12.15 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
STADIUM:
   Sincil Bank Stadium

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LIVERPOOL [7]-[2] LINCOLN CITY
Man Of The Match - T.Minamino
  Lineup
Liverpool
Liverpool XI:
Adrian, N. Williams, van Dijk, R. Williams, Tsimikas, Grujic, Jones, Shaqiri, Elliott, Minamino, Origi.
 Lineup
Lincoln City
Lincoln City XI:
Palmer, Bradley, Montsma, Eyoma, Melbourne, Bridcutt, Edun, Jones, Grant, Anderson, Scully.


Match Preview


League One side Lincoln City welcome world champions and Premier League holders Liverpool to the LNER Stadium in the third round of the EFL Cup on Thursday evening.

Jurgen Klopp's side have made a perfect start to the new season with two wins from two, but take on a Lincoln team in fine form themselves at the beginning of the campaign.

The visit of a genuine footballing giant like Liverpool is always an exciting occasion for a club like Lincoln, even if their fans will not be there in person to witness Klopp's stars in action.

The lack of fans is only likely to further hamper Lincoln's hopes of pulling off a stunning upset, but their players will be dreaming of doing so nonetheless against what is sure to be a weakened Liverpool side.

The Reds have a Premier League showdown at home to Arsenal looming on Monday night and will rotate heavily even this early in the season, which means that many of the star names may not feature.

Regardless, Liverpool will still be able to field an XI of significant quality, and they will want to continue their winning habit at the start of the campaign despite the EFL Cup being at the bottom of their priority list.

A domestic cup is the silverware which has eluded Klopp during his time on Merseyside so far, and in two of the last three seasons they were knocked out of the EFL Cup at this very stage.

Last season they were only dumped out when they fielded their youngest ever team in the quarter-final against Aston Villa while the senior squad were away at the Club World Cup.

There is likely to be a youthful feel about their team in this match, albeit not to the same extent, but they will still take confidence from their statement-making 2-0 win at Chelsea on Sunday.

That result underlined their title credentials after a summer in which most bookmakers made them distant second favourites behind Manchester City to retain their crown, and the challenge for Klopp now will be to replicate that dominance in other competitions.

As far as Lincoln are concerned, they will go into this game with nothing to lose and full of confidence after their own perfect start to the season.

The Imps have won all five of their competitive games so far in 2020-21, hitting the ground running after winning only one of their final eight League One outings before last season was curtailed in March.

Thursday's match will be their first EFL Cup tie of the season at home, having already edged past Crewe Alexandra and thrashed Bradford City on the road to reach the third round for the first time since 1996-97.

Lincoln have only made it as far as the fourth round once before - way back in 1967-68 - and know that another glamorous tie against either Leicester City or Arsenal awaits them should they claim Liverpool's scalp.

Such ties would normally be money-spinning affairs which bring as much financial security off the pitch as they do fanfare on it, but manager Michael Appleton will still be urging his players to make the most of what could be a once-in-a-career occasion for many of them.

That said, two wins from two in the league so far has lifted them into the automatic promotion places at this very early stage of the campaign, raising optimism that an unexpected playoff push could be possible this season.

That would be some feat for a team that finished 16th on the points-per-game basis last season and were playing in the National League just three years ago, and matches like Thursday's help to drive home just how far Lincoln have come in that time.


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LIVERPOOL  [ 2 ] - [ 1 ]  LINCOLN CITY


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