Jurgen Klopp could hand Ramsey and Bajcetic full debuts vs Derby

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could hand full debuts to Calvin Ramsay and Stefan Bajcetic as he looks to rotate his squad for the League Cup encounter against Derby County. The youngsters have been restricted to short cameo appearances during their spell at the club so far but could now be given the opportunity to make their first starts at Anfield. 

Liverpool will play their first match in the League Cup – a competition they won last season, beating Chelsea in the final to claim their first silverware of the campaign. Given their struggles in the Premier League so far this year, retaining the trophy may be one of their best chances of success during the current campaign. 

Klopp tends to prioritise other competitions when it comes to his team selection and has been known to put faith in his fringe players, especially when it comes to the early stages of the League Cup. He is likely to do so again against League One Derby and will still be confident of a result at home without his top stars. 

This could open the door to reserve stars like Ramsey and Bajcetic as the pair look to make their full debuts. Both men have been restricted to short cameos since they joined the club but may now receive a bigger chance to show their worth. 

Bajcetic has received the most game time out of the duo, coming off the bench during the 9-0 win over Bournemouth earlier in the season. He has since made three appearances from the bench in the Champions League but most of his involvement has come in the reserve side. 

Yet it is Ramsay who could cause the most excitement among the Anfield faithful. The young Scot arrived from Aberdeen during the summer in a deal worth around £4million. His first few months at the club were hampered by a back injury but he has since been given a short chance in the first team, earning a cameo appearance from the bench in the 2-0 victory over Napoli. 

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Klopp could also give opportunities to other fringe stars as he looks to rotate his team. Kostas Tsimikas, Nat Phillips, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Caoimhin Kelleher may also receive match action with the likes of Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson rested for the league. 

It remains to be seen what personnel Klopp decides to go with in the match later today but there should be plenty to interest Liverpool supporters with so many lesser-spotted players on display.

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