Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is taking this evening's EFL Cup clash against Leeds United seriously.
Speaking to the Reds' official website, Mignolet spoke of his concern at facing Garry Monk's in form team, and compared them to a top flight side.
Liverpool's Simon Mignolet
The Belgian is likely to start the fixture, and says he is well aware of the threat posed by the Championship side.
He said: "It is like a Premier League game and a tough one as well.
“If you see how Leeds are performing at the moment, they’re pushing to come into the Premier League themselves.
“It will be a physical game and we have to be prepared for their best performance. And we have to make sure that we turn up on the day.”
Leeds United players celebrate after the match
Liverpool have home advantage and will be hoping to capitalise on this despite injury problems which have ruled out Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.
Leeds will be up against it to shackle Jurgen Klopp's in form team, who currently sit in second place in the Premier League, one point behind Chelsea.
The Whites are in fifth place in the Championship and harbour hopes of promotion. The EFL Cup is a nice distraction for them and qualifying for a semi-final will only lift the mood at the club further heading into a crucial stretch of the season.
Leeds United's manager Garry Monk