Liverpool are not only without their entire first-team squad for the match but also manager Jurgen Klopp, with the senior side in Qatar for the Fifa Club World Cup where they are in action on Wednesday. As a result, Under-23’s coach Neil Critchley will take charge of the quarter-final side that will feature a youthful team.
Villa boss Dean Smith has no such issues, but with an important match against relegation candidates Southampton to prepare for on Saturday, he is set to make changes to his side. Follow the live updates below.
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Carabao Cup quarter-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool, brought to you from Villa Park.
The quarter-final is the first of two games in as many days for Liverpool, with the Fifa Club World Cup kicking off tomorrow in Qatar. As a result, Jurgen Klopp and his senior side have already travelled to the Middle East, leaving Under-23's manager Neil Critchley to take charge of what is sure to be a youthful side.
It means that Liverpool head into the contest as underdogs despite having not lost a domestic game this season. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:45pm GMT and we'll have all the build=up and team news for you ahead of the match.
When is it?
Where can I watch it?
The Carabao Cup quarter-final will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 7:30pm.
It can also be streamed online on desktop or mobile devices via the SkyGo app.
Villa are set to make changes with several of Dean Smith’s fringe players likely to get a chance to push their cases for more first-team football.
For the visitors, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams were set to feature but both have been called up to head to Qatar with the senior squad.
Whoever starts it is likely to be the youngest team in Liverpool’s history.
Liverpool: Kelleher; Hoever, Van den Berg, Koumetio, Larouci, Christie-Davies, Kane, Chirivella, Longstaff, Elliott, Brewster
Aston Villa: Nyland, Elmohamady, Hause, Konsa, Taylor, Luiz, Lansbury, Hourihane, Jota, Trezeguet, Kodija
The young Reds are undoubtedly talented but they will have it all to do against what even with wholesale changes will be a vastly more experienced home team. Aston Villa 3-1 Liverpool
Aston Villa to win: 1/3
Liverpool to win: 5/1
Draw (after 90 minutes): 6/1