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Liverpool's youngsters take on Aston Villa in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

The Reds have been forced to split their squad in half due to their involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar this week.

That means that Jurgen Klopp has taken big hitters such as Mohamed Salah, Alisson and Sadio Mane, with under-23s boss Neil Critchley overseeing the side at Villa Park.

Expect to see first-team stars of tomorrow such as Ki-Jana Hoever, Harvey Elliott and Pedro Chirivella.

Aston Villa XI:Nyland, Elmohamady, Chester, Konsa, Taylor, Lansbury, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane, Jota, Kodja, Trezeguet

Liverpool XI:Kelleher, Hoever, Boyes, Van den Berg, Gallacher, Chirivella, Christie-Davies, Kane, Longstaff, Hill, Elliott

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Liverpool squad to face Aston Villa in Carabao Cup as youngsters replace senior stars

Liverpool are certain to field their youngest ever side in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa, as the club’s senior stars are over in Qatar.

Jurgen Klopp will gather the first-team together to watch their understudies at Villa Park, where Dean Smith’s hosts are huge favourites to progress to the last four.

Despite the odds being stacked against them, the team - which will be overseen by Reds under-23s boss Neil Critchley - have been urged to take their chance by Klopp.

“From the boys’ point of view, if I would be in their boots I would be excited like hell, looking forward to it like hell, run for my life, all that stuff,” said Klopp in Doha, where he has taken Curtis Jones and Neco Williams as part of his first-team squad.

“Just give it a proper try and we will sit and will be with them. All our thoughts are with them, the more experienced players are looking forward to it to watch the game and shout them forward from here.

“Aston Villa is the big favourite, that’s clear, but who cares? It’s football and the ball rolls in each direction, that’s pretty cool.”

But who will be the young Liverpool players seeking to upset the odds at Villa Park?

Here’s a rundown of the likely lads.

Goalkeeper

Caoimhin Kelleher ‘s two Carabao Cup appearances this season make him one of the more experienced players in the side, and the young Irishman will take his place between the sticks.

The veteran Andy Lonergan is in Qatar, meaning that Ben Winterbottom is likely to be on the bench.

Defence

Talented Dutch youngster Ki-Jana Hoever scored in the third round win at Milton Keynes Dons before heading off to the Under-17 World Cup.

The fact he can play all across the defence means he’s a shoo-in to start, probably at right-back, while his fellow Dutchman Sepp van den Berg is sure to be at centre-back.

Welsh youth international Morgan Boyes could be the other centre-back - although Billy Koumetio was on the bench against Arsenal, and Tom Clayton could also make the 18 - while Yasser Larouci could get a first senior start at left-back.

Scot Tony Gallacher is another option for both full-back positions, with Adam Lewis injured.

Midfield

His inclusion against MK Dons nearly got Liverpool thrown out of the Carabao Cup back in September , but Pedro Chirivella ‘s seven senior Reds games (five of which came in the 2015/16 season) look set to earn him the captain’s armband at Villa.

Herbie Kane is likely to be the Liverpool player with the most senior football experience in England following last season’s impressive loan spell in League One with Doncaster, while Elijah Dixon-Bonner is a favourite of Critchley’s at youth level and he could get a start.

Eighteen-year-old Leighton Clarkson has trained with the senior side and was on the bench for both the MK Dons and Arsenal ties, while Jake Cain is also set to be in the squad.

Attack

At 16 he may be the youngest player in the squad, but Harvey Elliott is probably going to be turned to provide the creativity in this side.

There are questions over Rhian Brewster’s fitness, and while Critichley will be doing all he can to get him in the side, the fact that he hasn’t been named as one of the three additions to the Qatar squad to travel after this game (Hoever, Van den Berg and Elliott are the chosen ones) means that he’s probably not ready.

Winger Luis Longstaff looks likely to play a role from the start having been on the bench against MK Dons, while Welsh youth international Isaac Christie-Davies , usually a midfielder, could step up from his role an academy utility man and play in attack.

The final spot could be between him and 17-year-old Scouser Layton Stewart , who has been in prolific form this season.

Predicted XI: Kelleher; Hoever, Van den Berg, Boyes, Larouci; Chirivella, Kane, Dixon Bonner; Christie-Davies, Longstaff, Elliott.

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