Liverpool media round-up: Strong side expected, Bogdan's aims, McAllister's advice

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool are set to name a strong side for tonight's League Cup game against Carlisle United at Anfield as the Reds look to get a much needed win and avoid a huge upset that will pile the pressure on boss Brendan Rodgers, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Rodgers is start with Danny Ings - who scored his first goal for the club during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Norwich City - along with Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino. Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are expected to be held back for the weekend's Premier League game with Aston Villa at Anfield, which is likely to take on huge significance. 

One man who could be in line for his debut is goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who signed for the club on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers in the summer. 

Bogdan has told the Liverpool Echo that he didn't arrive at the club to sit on the bench, suggesting that he's very much there to challenge Simon Mignolet for the starting goalkeeper spot, rather than just deputise for the Belgian.

He said: “If I play then it’s a chance to get a game under my belt and show what I can do.

“That’s what we’re all here for - to enjoy playing for Liverpool.

“I didn’t sign for Liverpool to sit around on the bench or be happy being the No 2 keeper.

“Like everyone else, I’m here to compete for a place in the team.”

Bogdan seems to echo the message from others within the club that the competition is there to be taken seriously and the side will try and put a trophy in the cabinet to end their four year drought when it comes to silverware - with the competition also being the last piece of success the Reds enjoyed back in 2012.

First team coach Gary McAllister took over press duties yesterday ahead of the game, and he has told the side to be brave in order to turn their season around, having gone five games without a win.

He's quoted by the Echo as saying: “I have played in front of frustrated crowds when things aren’t going well and I think that’s when you push your shoulders back and show that bravery.

“And bravery is not whacking into people and elbowing people. It’s about getting on the ball in tight areas and taking responsibility. We have enough here to do that. I don’t have any fears about us putting that right.

“The middle of the park is where you do need people to get on the ball and make play. I watch Philippe Coutinho, Lucas and (James) Milner. They don’t shy away from the ball. They will continue to prompt and probe to try and make things happen.”

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