Sky Sports pundit predicts Liverpool v Leeds result, explains why Monk must be applauded

A general view from the newly built stand at Liverpool football club's Anfield Stadium

Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool to beat Leeds United this evening.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Liverpool will beat Leeds United 3-1 in this evening's EFL Cup tie at Anfield.

Liverpool head into tonight's clash having beaten Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield in the last round, whilst their Premier League form has been sensational of late.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

With a 2-0 home win over Sunderland on Saturday, Liverpool made it four wins in five Premier League games, dropping just four points in the last ten games as they sit one point behind league leaders Chelsea.

A title challenge combined with another EFL Cup run, having reached the final of the competition last season, is just what manager Jurgen Klopp wants, but he'll go up against an impressive Leeds side.

The Whites have thrived since Garry Monk's appointment over the summer, and their 2-1 win at Rotherham on Saturday evening took them up to fifth in the Championship table.

Leeds manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk

It's just one defeat in the last six Championship games, and after seeing off Norwich City in the last round, they're now handed a trip to Anfield, in a game which evokes memories of Leeds' days in the Premier League.

Monk will want to show that Leeds can compete with the very best in the country, but pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Liverpool will run out 3-1 winners tonight – even with a rotated side.

Nicholas suggested that the atmosphere at Anfield will prevent any complacency from Liverpool players, even with fringe players like Divock Origi and Lucas Leiva set to play, and added that Leeds boss Monk should be applauded for getting results whilst playing young players like Kalvin Phillips.

A general view from the newly built stand at Liverpool football club's Anfield StadiumA general view of Anfield

“Liverpool will make changes, regardless of the forced one in terms of Philippe Coutinho. Daniel Sturridge looks like he'll miss out so Divock Origi will get the chance he has earned, while they've also got the likes of Lucas Leiva to come in,” said Nicholas. “The Reds can't make many changes defensively, though, which will be a positive thing for them here given they've finally put together a couple of clean sheets.”

“You must applaud what Garry Monk has done at Leeds. I'm not sure stability is the right word, because I don't think that's possible at Leeds, but he's been able to bed in some young players like Kalvin Phillips and still get results. It will be a big crowd and I would imagine the atmosphere will prevent any sort of complacency from the hosts here,” he added.

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