Liverpool under-23 coach Neil Critchley is set to name a similar side to the one that lost 5-0 to Aston Villa in December with Jurgen Klopp’s first-team stars unavailable.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss announced his intention to give his senior stars some time off after the first meeting between the two clubs ended in a 2-2 draw.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino have all been photographed enjoying their holiday abroad, with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliot among others ready to step up to the plate.
Klopp said: “We had to make a decision. If you have a group of players, and I work with them a lot, they are human beings with families and I respect them a lot.
“We don’t say to them: ‘Now you can go away’ or ‘Now you can’t go away’.
“That is constantly an open question and I don’t like open questions. I think that always takes concentration away.
“I think it’s necessary that these boys, these all‑time players who constantly play, get their time off.
“We are a football team and we are a group together. We are all or nobody.
“We had to make the decision then and we made it. Of course we thought we would go through, we would win, but we didn’t and although it was not in the beginning it is now a principle thing.
“They scored the equaliser and I thought ‘OK’ but now we have to stick to it.
“And I really think there are bigger problems in the world to be honest, much bigger problems, than if the manager of LFC … I really don’t understand that you make it so big.
“You can write whatever you want but you make it so big that I should be in the directors’ box because people pay money to watch the game and what do I do?”
Although he won’t be in attendance at Anfield, Critchley revealed in his press conference on Monday that Klopp could speak to the players over the phone at half-time having done so back in December.
He said: “It was a message that came through, which I have to say was brilliant at that moment.
“Even though we were going off the pitch thinking ‘We’ve played alright there but we’re getting beat 4-0’, it creates that element of doubt in your mind about whether you are doing the right thing and if you need to do something different.
"So when you get a message from the manager saying ‘Don’t change anything, carry on doing what you’re doing, you’ve been brilliant’, it just clears all that doubt in your mind and you can give that message to the players.
“The message killed every doubt, it settled them right down. It helped everyone at that moment.”
Liverpool predicted line-up (4-3-3) : Kelleher; Williams, Van den Berg, Hoever, Lewis; Chirivella, Clarkson, Cain; Elliott, Hardy, Jones.