Liverpool v Carlisle team news

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2015 12:24

Striker Christian Benteke will miss Liverpool’s Capital One Cup third-round tie against Carlisle at Anfield with a hamstring injury.

The Belgium international was withdrawn at half-time during Sunday’s draw with Norwich and was due to undergo an MRI scan to determine the extent of the problem.

Captain Jordan Henderson has had successful surgery on his broken foot and could be out for up to eight weeks, but no time scale has been put on his recovery.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has no other new injury concerns but is likely to make changes for the game, with the likes of Adam Bogdan, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Adam Lallana all hoping for run-outs.

The top scorer in English football, Jabo Ibehre, meanwhile, is relishing the chance to walk out at Anfield for the first time on Wednesday night.

Ibehre is currently the most prolific forward in the country, having netted 10 times in 11 appearances since joining Carlisle on a free transfer in the summer.

At 32 years old, and 15 years and nine clubs into his professional career, Ibehre is enjoying an unlikely career surge that would touch new heights should he help the only Sky Bet League Two side in the third round of the Capital One Cup to a classic cup upset against Liverpool.

In his decade-and-a-half around the lower leagues he has never before stepped out at Anfield, and Ibehre is looking forward to the moment.

“It is a great tie for us at a fantastic stadium,” he said.

“I have never been there myself but the history there is awesome and everyone knows that so I am pleased for everyone at the club and I can’t wait to walk out there and be part of that atmosphere.

“I’m pleased with everything that has gone on so far, I’m really enjoying it here.

“The football that we are trying to play is pass the ball and play. It is fun we are enjoying ourselves out there.”

Ibehre’s strike partner Derek Asamoah admitted the Cumbrians were thrilled to be paired with Brendan Rodgers’ Reds.

Asamoah netted the equaliser in Carlisle’s 2-1 win over QPR in the previous round and is confident he and Ibehre can prove a handful for Liverpool.

“This is an opportunity for everyone, we were buzzing when we heard about the draw,” he said.

“We were all jumping around. It is one of the top four teams in this country and it is going to be amazing to be part of it.

“I am enjoying playing with Jabo. Every time we go forward it looks like we are going to score.

“To me he is one of the top three strikers I have played with. I am really happy he is here and that we are starting to gel.”

Related Articles