Ahead of the 7:45 pm game at Carrow Road in the EFL cup between Norwich City and Liverpool, we take a look at both teams and the players that could potentially feature in the cup game and create a strong combined XI. 

The main starters for Liverpool will less likely feature in the EFL cup as Klopp likes his key players to have a rest. Instead, for this combined XI, Jurgen Klopp will be using the second-string Liverpool team against the strong Norwich City team and build the team from there. For this combined XI, LFC Transfer Room will be using the 4-3-3 formation.



For the goalkeepers, it is between Norwich City's, Tim Krul, and Liverpool goalkeeper, Caoimhin Kelleher. Both are very good goalkeepers, however, from looking at previous results with these two, Kelleher is ahead of Tim Krul. 

The reason being is Kelleher last season kept two clean sheets in his Premier League and Champions League debut with a makeshift defense in front of him and was called upon when Liverpool was struggling to get results. 

Tim Krul this season and last season has not looked very convincing in the nets, he has already conceded 14 goals in five games in the premier league which does not get ahead of Kelleher in this one. 

Goalkeeper: Caoihem Kelleher


Nat Phillips

There are many options to choose from for the back four, but the four defenders that get in are Max Aarons, Ozan Kabak, Joe Gomez, and Kostas Tsimikas.

Starting with the two Norwich players, Aarons and Kabak. Max Aarons gets in this eleven ahead of Neco Williams is due to his offensive and defensive attributes, he has proved times and times again that he can get forward when he needs to and get back when called upon, he is one of many few players that deserve to play at a top club.

Next, Ozan Kabak, who was on loan to Liverpool last season, was very impressive in the game time he was given but unfortunately never got the permanent move to the reds. Now Kabak is at Norwich on loan from Schalke and is there to help them prevent relegation. 

Ozan Kabak

The reason he is in this XI is due to experience at the top level at a young age and also the qualities he has that puts him ahead of Nat Phillips in this eleven.

Now onto the Liverpool players, Joe Gomez and Kostas Tsimikas. This was an easy choice, you got Joe Gomez who has kept many clean sheets alongside Virgil van Djik winning the Premier League and Champions League. 

Kostas Tsimikas, on the other hand, has proved time and time again that he can challenge Andrew Robertson for that left-back position at Liverpool, which is a big deal. These two get ahead of Grant Hanley and Brandon Williams in this eleven.

Defenders: Max Aarons, Ozan Kabak, Joes Gomez, and Kostas Tsimikas


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Todd Cantwell

The midfield three that get in are, Billy Gilmour, Naby Keita, and Curtis Jones. Starting with Chelsea loanee, Billy Gilmour, he has proved time and time again for Chelsea, Scotland, and Norwich that he has all the potential to become one of the best midfielders in the world. 

It was evident where he was getting Man of the Match awards nearly every debut he has made and that he is now a regular for his country, this right there puts him ahead of James Milner in this eleven.

Next, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones was an obvious pick, these two have proved over and over again that they can drive with the ball from midfield, score goals or assist and provide a spark that can help the team to go on and win the game. These two get ahead of Mathias Normann and Kenny McLean in this eleven.

Midfielders: Billy Gilmour, Naby Keita, and Curtis Jones


Divock Origi LFC

The three forwards that get in are, Teemu Pukki, Divock Origi, and Takumi Minamino. When it comes to the forward line of Norwich City, the only source of goals comes from Teemu Pukki, he has proven to be a goalscorer for club, country and will still score goals to ensure safety in the premier league for Norwich. Pukki gets ahead of Roberto Firmino in this eleven.

Next, we have Origi and Minamino, both don't get goals as much but when they do score they always have an impact on the game, whether it is a tap-in or penalty, as long as they score goals or assist them, then there is no problem at all. These two get ahead of Josh Sargent and Milot Rashica in this eleven.

Forwards: Teemu Pukki, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino

Here is the Combined XI

Combined XI: Kelleher, Aarons, Kabak, Gomez, Tsimikas, Gilmour, Keita, Jones, Origi, Minamino, and Pukki