Burton Albion vs Liverpool Preview: Reds look to kickstart another cup run under Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool travel to Burton Albion in the second round of the League Cup on Tuesday night.

The Reds take on the Championship outfit in their first cup tie of the 2016-17 season at the Pirelli Stadium as they look to put together a run similar to the one which saw Jürgen Klopp take them to the final of the same competition last year.

The German oversaw his first showpiece Wembley final inside just four months of taking on the job at Anfield, but could not prevent his side slipping to a penalty shoot-out defeat against Manchester City.

Having also later reached, and lost, the Europa League final - Klopp will be hoping his side can go one better in cup competitions this time around as he seeks to end their four-year wait for silverware, which stretches back to their last League Cup triumph.

Before that, Liverpool had not won a major trophy since the 2006 FA Cup and the boss will be fully aware that the need for new additions to the trophy cabinet is almost as urgent as their need to get back into the Champions League and compete at the top of the league.

But while they look to secure their place in the third round, they must be wary of the threats of Burton, who were only promoted to the Football League in 2009 but are now just one division below them

Reds hoping for trouble-free passage to the third round

Klopp took his side to the final of this competition last season after just four months. (Picture: Getty Images)
Klopp took his side to the final of this competition last season after just four months. (Picture: Getty Images)

The two teams have never met before and the Brewers, managed by former Liverpool striker Nigel Clough, will undoubtedly be determined to steal the headlines with an upset.

As the competition's most successful team, with eight titles, Liverpool certainly come as a scalp. The kind of scalp that Burton would so dearly love to claim, and they have the quality in their squad to achieve just that.

For Burton, it could be a good time to play against Klopp's men, who come into the game on a low after their 2-0 Premier League defeat at Burnley at the weekend.

That result quashed the inevitable optimism that arose from a 4-3 win at Arsenal on the opening weekend, and the manner of the performance was all the more disappointing.

Struggling with Burnley's determined defensive style, soaking up pressure and waiting to counter-attack, Liverpool deservedly crashed to defeat and now need to produce a response over the coming games to prove that they have improved from the inconsistent side they were last season.

After conceding five goals in their opening two games, the home side will hope they can prey on Liverpool's obvious weaknesses - particularly with Klopp expected to make changes to his starting eleven.

But Liverpool still boast plenty of quality and Klopp will trust his side, regardless of who features, to be capable of avoiding another early season setback and secure a morale-boosting passage to the next round.

Team news: Handful of Reds changes expected 

Jürgen Klopp told journalists at his pre-match press conference that he wouldn't be making wholesale changes for their trip to east Staffordshire, but it's understood he will rest a number of players.

Joel Matip could make his first competitive appearance. The centre-back has been on the bench for the first two games after his return from an ankle injury.

Elsewhere, Marko Grujic could start in the centre of midfield and will be joined by Emre Can, provided the German can make a full return from a minor back problem.

Divock Origi is in line to start up-front ahead of Daniel Sturridge, while Danny Ings has been ruled out of starting as he continues to search for match fitness.

Grujic, who could start at the Pirelli, enjoyed a stellar pre-season with the Reds. (Picture: Getty Images)
Grujic, who could start at the Pirelli, enjoyed a stellar pre-season with the Reds. (Picture: Getty Images)

Those out of contention include Loris Karius, still returning from a broken hand, defenders Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez - on their way back from achilles problems - and Lucas Leiva, who remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Sadio Mane is recovering from a shoulder injury, but isn't expected to feature with Saturday afternoon's trip to Tottenham Hotspur a more likely return date.

Klopp could turn to youngsters such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn to help make up the rest of the squad, while the likes of Andre Wisdom, Lazar Markovic and Kevin Stewart will hope to be included. 

Burton will be without captain and midfielder John Mousinho because of a tight hamstring, Clough has confirmed, but Kyle McFadzean and Tom Flanagan are available.

The manager also revealed that there are "one or two others" who remain doubts, but insisted they will give them time to see if they can field their best team possible.