Liverpool handed away draw at Burton Albion in second round of EFL Cup

Liverpool's opponents for the 2nd Round have been revealed.

Liverpool handed away draw at Burton Albion in second round of EFL Cup
Liverpool's players conduct a team-talk before the League Cup final last season (photo: Reuters)

Last season's League Cup runners up, Liverpool, will play Burton Albion at the second round stage of the newly-branded competition, after the draw was made on Tuesday evening.

Liverpool are looking to win the EFL Cup, replacing the Capital One Cup as it's name due to sponsorship changes, for the ninth time in their history, having come ever so close last season.

Liverpool reached the final last time out...

After starting the competition under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers last season, Jürgen Klopp took on the mantle and led the Reds to the final, seeing off the likes of AFC Bournemouth and Stoke City along the way.

They met fellow Premier League side Manchester City in the final, but couldn't take the trophy home, losing out on penalties after a 1-1 draw - Philippe Coutinho equalising after City's Fernandinho opened the scoring. That leaves the 2012 triumph against Cardiff City as Liverpool's most recent League Cup win. 

Klopp lost out to Pellegrini in last season's final (photo: Graham Chadwick)
Klopp lost out to Pellegrini in last season's final (photo: Graham Chadwick)

Reds should progress thanks to squad depth

Due to not participating in European football this season, they start the competition at the second round rather than the third, meaning they'll have to get through an extra game if they wish to make the final. 

Whilst Burton will provide a tough test on their own turf, Liverpool's improved squad depth means that even if Klopp rests players for the game, he's likely to include names such as Divock Origi, Adam Lallana and James Milner

The Championship side have never met Liverpool in a competitive game before, but are managed by former Reds striker Nigel Clough, who will be hoping to provide an upset against his former team. 

Burton Albion vs Liverpool will be played on the week commencing August 22.