Confirmed: Liverpool v Stoke line-ups: Expensive signing misses out

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Liverpool host Stoke in the League Cup semi-final, with Christian Benteke on the bench.

Liverpool take on Stoke City in a huge match at Anfield which will go some way towards helping define Jurgen Klopp's first season in charge of the club.

The Reds are aiming to make it to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, and have a 1-0 lead from the first leg at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke are just as keen to make it to the final themselves, where the winner will take on either Everton or Manchester City.

Klopp's Liverpool will need to improve their defending drastically from the weekend, in which their vulnerability from set pieces was exposed, as they conceded four goals against Norwich City - a game which they incredibly managed to come back and win 5-4.

Their last home game was a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, but a defeat here would be even more galling, given that they are within reaching distance of a trophy.

Liverpool lineup

Starting:

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Jon Flanagan
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Kolo Touré
  • Emre Can
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Adam Lallana
  • Lucas Leiva
  • James Milner
  • Roberto Firmino

Substitutes: Danny Ward, Dejan Lovren, Brad Smith, Joe Allen, Jordon Ibe, João Carlos Teixeira, Christian Benteke.

Stoke lineup

Starting:

  • Jack Butland
  • Glen Johnson
  • Marc Muniesa
  • Erik Pieters
  • Philipp Wollscheid
  • Ibrahim Afellay
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Marko Arnautović
  • Peter Crouch
  • Bojan Krkić
  • Jonathan Walters

Substitutes: Shay Given.

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