So who are some of the key players to focus on for this match and how will they be effective?
Andre Wisdom is a central defender under a lot of pressure at the club because he has to follow in the foot steps of Jamie Carragher. Wisdom played well against Young Boys and he has a number of key attributes which he must utilise to mute the effectiveness of the Udinese attack. His main asset is pace which allows him to get out of trouble if he is caught out of position and also to cover for others when they are out of position.
Nuri Sahin is the Turkish international on loan from Real Madrid. Sahin has come into the team more and more on all fronts in the last two weeks. He is a creative player and is always looking to make things happen when Liverpool are on the move. He will see a lot of the ball on Thursday and he will be very influential if his touch and control are both immaculate.
This is a name that not many neutral football fans will be aware of. The Moroccan player is a winger who can also play as a forward. He will be key against Udinese if he starts or comes off of the bench in terms of injecting pace into the team and also providing width. He can play on either wing which makes him a very useful tool for Rodgers to have in terms of Liverpool’s attack for this game.
Pacheco is a forward who was on the books at Barcelona during his time as a youth player. He is extremely talented in the hole or playing as a main forward. He has represented Spain at every level up to the Under-21s and this is a great chance for him to break into the Liverpool first team. He needs to stick on the Udinese back line and make sure they cannot push up.
Jerome Sinclair is another talented striker that Liverpool have at their disposal and Rodgers may decide to throw him in at the deep end after making him Liverpool’s youngest ever player in the League Cup match against West Brom. Sinclair is slight and quick which will make him useful moving from central to wider positions. His pace is quick enough to stretch the Udinese defence and he will be a real threat coming off the subs bench late in the game.
Are you excited for the game tomorrow night?