Exeter City -V- Liverpool

Liverpool kick off their 2015-16 FA Cup campaign with a trip to Exeter City on Friday night.

The Reds will visit Saint James Park to take on the league two side in the third round.

Liverpool’s last visit to Exeter came in the league cup clash in August 2011 in which they ran out 3-1 winners.

Liverpool’s intense run of fixtures continues in January and Jürgen Klopp will use this opportunity to rotate the squad.

Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is set to start in replace of Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool have recently recalled Ryan Kent from his loan spell at Coventry city and the 19-year-old winger could make his Liverpool debut on Friday night.

Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno are both set to be rested with youngsters Connor Randall and Brad Smith the likely replacements.

Liverpool will play their second cup game in just three days. The Reds defeated Stoke City in the Capital One Cup Semi-Final, first leg on Tuesday night. Liverpool will be looking to build on that excellent performance and result at the Britannia Stadium when they face Exeter City.

Team news: Mamadou Sakho will miss the trip to Exeter due to knee injury. Dejan Lovren will also miss the game due to a hamstring injury. The Croatian defender picked up the injury during Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Stoke during midweek. Lovren has been ruled out for two weeks.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho will miss the game against Exeter due to a hamstring injury. Coutinho is the seventh LFC player to pick up a hamstring injury under Klopp. Coutinho has been ruled out for four weeks.

Kolo Toure will also miss the game due to injury, confirmed by Klopp in his press conference on Thursday morning.

Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson will also be unavailable for the game due to a ankle/foot injury.

Jordon Ibe has picked up a hamstring injury on Thursday afternoon. He is set to miss the game against Exeter.

Origi, Skrtel, Rossiter, Sturridge, Ings and Gomez all remain sidelined.

I expect Liverpool to be comfortable winners against Exeter and progress into the fourth round of the F.A Cup. I think that Liverpool will be too strong for the league two side – I expect Jürgen Klopp to make a number of changes to the side on Friday night, and give a lot of the youngsters an opportunity to gain some first-team experience. I think Klopp will start the likes of Randall, Smith, Kent and Teixeira and Ojo, along-with experienced players such as Lucas Leiva, James Milner and Christian Benteke.

Liverpool have recalled 18 year-old Sheyi Ojo from his loan spell at Wolves. The winger is set to be in the squad to face Exeter.

Form guide:

Exeter’s last five games: DWLLLL

Liverpool’s last five games: DLWWLW

My predicted lineup: Bogdan, Randall, Ilori, Lucas, Smith, Allen, Milner, Kent, Teixeira, Ojo, Benteke.

My prediction: Exeter 1-3 Liverpool

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