Liverpool will face Aston Villa in their Carabao Cup quarter-final tie on Tuesday night - though a very different line-up can be expected in Birmingham.

Coaching team Neil Critchley and Vitor Matos , in charge in the absence of Jurgen Klopp and his usual first-team staff who are away in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup , will select a very inexperienced side for the game.

Among those set to start will be familiar faces in Harvey Elliott , Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever ,  though there will also be a number of other lesser-known players who will have to step up from the Academy.

For each and every one of the players involved, this will be the biggest night of their career to date, given the importance of the clash in terms of the stage of the competition.

The ECHO has taken a look at three players who could be in line to begin the game this evening who Reds fans might not know a great deal about.

Luis Longstaff

The winger, who is no relation to the Newcastle United brothers Sean and Matty, despite having been signed from the North-East side back in 2015, could be set for a prominent role in the team with a limited number of attacking options.

His inclusion in the starting XI has been made even more likely with Rhian Brewster a doubt with a slight knock.

18-year-old Longstaff plays as a winger for Liverpool's under-23s, where he has made 10 Premier League 2 appearances so far this season, netting three times.

Luis Longstaff
Luis Longstaff

The Darlington-born player, who has represented England at youth level, scored twice against Napoli in the UEFA Youth League earlier this season and featured in every one of the young Reds' European group matches.

A technically gifted and attack-minded player, Longstaff is only slight in his physique but has a lot of technical quality and is more than capable of finding a pass in the final third.

Herbie Kane

One of the more experienced players in contention to face Villa, 21-year-old midfielder Herbie Kane is almost certain to make the starting line-up, most likely in a midfield three.

Having impressed on loan at Doncaster Rovers in League One, where he scored seven goals in 49 appearances across all competitions, Kane was expected to leave Anfield on a temporary basis once again during the summer, but he remained at the club's Academy in Kirkby for further development.

Herbie Kane (left) of Liverpool celebrates scoring
Herbie Kane (left) of Liverpool celebrates scoring

Several Championship clubs were interested in signing him for this season, but Liverpool opted to keep him around.

In the not-too-distant future, with a regular first-team spot at Anfield seemingly not on the horizon, Kane could make a move away from the club in January, and this game could be the ideal opportunity to impress potential suiters on the big stage.

Morgan Boyes

Normally operating as a left-sided centre-back, Boyes is a Wales under-19 international and is likely to play from the start because of the lack of Neco Williams, who flew with the first-team for the Club World Cup .

Hoever could play at right-back, a position the Dutch teenager has played in many times before, with Boyes alongside Van den Berg at the back.

Morgan Boyes
Morgan Boyes

Alternatively, with few options at left-back, Boyes could play there too. Adam Lewis remains sidelined while the ECHO understands that Yasser Larouci will only be fit enough to take a place on the bench .

Either way, Boyes is likely to have to play some part in the game in one of his two positions.

He has been part of the Liverpool Academy since the age of 11 and was also a part of the FA Youth Cup winning squad under Barry Lewtas last season . This year, he has been a regular for the under-23s having made that step up.

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Liverpool will almost certainly field one of their youngest ever sides against Aston Villa, with so few options available to Critchley thanks to injuries and players being needed elsewhere.

Whatever the result, it will be an important night for all of those involved and for the Academy as a whole.