Liverpool's likely starting XI vs Aston Villa after club reveal 20 players travelling to Club World Cup


Liverpool moved 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League this weekend as they beat Watford 2-0 and watched Leicester drop points at home to Norwich.

It was the last Premier League fixture Liverpool will play this side of Christmas.

That’s because the first-team jet off to Qatar tody to compete in the Club World Cup, with a semi-final clash against Monterrey to look forward to on Wednesday.

Of course, less than 24 hours before that match in the Middle East, the Reds face a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against Aston Villa.

And now, we have a clear idea what sort of line-up Liverpool will field at Villa Park on Tuesday night.

That’s because the club have officially confirmed the 20 players that will be on today’s flight to Qatar.

There are very few surprises with the club taking all their big stars - as well as some promising youngsters like Neco Williams and Curtis Jones.


But who does that leave behind to face Villa?

Well, according to Liverpool journalist Jack Sear this is the XI that will play in that clash on Tuesday.



GK | Caoimhin Kelleher | 21-years-old

RB | Ki-Jana Hoever | 17-years-old

CB | Sepp van den Berg | 17-years-old

CB | Morgan Boyes | 18-years-old

LB | Yasser Larouci | 18-years-old

CM | Pedro Chirivella | 22-years-old

CM | Herbie Kane | 21-years-old

CM | Isaac Christie-Davies | 22-years-old

RW | Harvey Elliott | 16-years-old

LW | Luis Longstaff | 18-years-old

ST | Layton Stewart | 17-years-old

Billy Koumetio, Tony Gallacher, Leighton Clarkson, Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Jake Cain, Fidel O’Rourke and Jack Bearne are all likely to also be involved in the squad.

Meanwhile, two of Liverpool’s most exciting talents - Adam Lewis and Rhian Brewster - are currently injured and look set to miss out.


While they might all be exciting prospects in Liverpool’s academy, you’d think it would be a miracle if they somehow manage to get a result against Premier League side Aston Villa.

The Villains have only won one of their previous seven matches but they have the perfect opportunity to reach the semi-finals of a domestic cup against this young and inexperienced Liverpool side.

It will certainly be an interesting occasion and one that will give these Liverpool youngsters incredible experience at such a young age.

The side will be managed by Under-23 boss Neil Critchley, who obviously knows these players incredibly well.

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And he can’t wait.

"It should be a great opportunity for all of us. It will be a privilege to lead out a Liverpool team at a fantastic stadium against great players," Critchley said.

"I'm really interested to see how our boys do. I'll be really proud do lead our boys out and I hope they play to their capabilities because if they do, that's where I get the most satisfaction from."

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