Pepijn Lijnders on Liverpool squad selection plans against Lincoln

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                                Liverpool sélectionnera une formation de départ contre Lincoln City destinée à «attaquer» la Coupe Carabao, a déclaré le directeur adjoint Pepijn Lijnders.
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                                                                <p>Les Reds se rendront demain soir dans la Ligue 1 pour leur première sortie dans la compétition cette saison, un match nul au troisième tour au LNER Stadium.

Asked on Wednesday whether the Premier League champions could line up, Lijnders told Liverpoolfc.com: “With players who feel responsible for showing our hunger, the desire.

“One of our main things over the last couple of years or more is that we see every next game as the next final, that mentality is in our squad. So the way we prepare Lincoln will be the same way that we have prepared, say, Chelsea this weekend.

“We are perfectly prepared. We know they have had a great run so far, leading the league. A counterattacking side with speed on the wings, with technical players on the inside. Good set pieces, I think they’ve already scored five goals with that. When they play football, they play football well, with good interaction between players and good flexibility.

“So an experienced manager, a club that over the past four years has been very successful with two promotions. So we need to be prepared – our team selection will reflect that. ”

Regarding Liverpool’s goal of adding the Carabao Cup to their recent trophy, the Dutchman added: “We want to attack this competition for sure.

“It always starts with the first game in front of you and it’s tomorrow, so we want to attack this game, show our hunger, show our desire, put together a team that represents our club – with big, big names involved, big , major players involved. And a lot of talent too.

“I think we have passed the opportunities phase, we have passed the talent phase. The boys who play tomorrow are really part of our team, they take an important place. We want to attack and that’s what we’ll do tomorrow.

New signings Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas have yet to make their competitive debuts for the club following transfers from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Olympiacos respectively.

Thiago Alcantara, meanwhile, managed his first 45 minutes with the Reds when he entered for the second half of Sunday’s 2-0 win at Chelsea.

Lijnders explained that Liverpool had yet to finalize an XI before the trip to Lincoln.

“I do not want to give the selection of the team for the moment because we still have a formation [session] to get there, you have to see how some players are, ”he explained.

“What we’re trying to do is for each player, which is good for them. It is also these weeks that we must focus on this. Right now it’s hard to say exactly what we’re going to do.

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