3 Important things to watch in League Cup SF second leg

The Reds are on the doorstep of Wembley once again.

Liverpool FC v Fulham FC - Premier League
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On Wednesday, Liverpool head to London to take on Fulham in the second leg of their League Cup Semifinal. The Reds bring a 2-1 aggregate advantage into the proceedings. I've highlighted the three most important things we need to see.

A strong midfield presence to control the pace

There is no doubt that the Fulham supporters are going to bring the energy in this one. Craven Cottage is surely going to be rocking down to its cores as the Cottagers try to scalp one of England's finest.

As a result of this, I would like Jurgen Klopp to deploy a midfield that has the abilty to slow the game down and speed it up at their leisure. Taking the air out of the ball could be vital to weathering the home frenzy, especially early.

Alexis Mac Allister is a must start for me in this match for that very reason.

Reds must come out on the front foot

A 2-1 aggregate lead is a very slim one to bring on the road. Because of this, Liverpool should not rest on their laurels and try and see things out.

Come out swinging, get an early goal and kill the tie off before the Fulham players and supporters can build any momentum against you. This might call for more Cody Gakpo magic in this competition as he has been in sparkling form throughout the tournament.

The bottom line is if Liverpool comes out attacking like they can, this tie could be over inside of 30 minutes. If not, it might turn into a slugfest and battle of wills.

Does Jurgen Klopp stick with the youth or go with experience?

Klopp has not been shy about using the youngsters available to him throughout this season. For the most part, he has been rewarded. However, for such an important game with a trip to Wembley within their grasps, will he stick with this approach?

I expect to see the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Curtis Jones in the Starting XI. Any chance for silverware must be taken seriously and the fittest senior players available should start in my book.

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