Marcos Alonso’s slowdown shows why the team must change dramatically tomorrow night

Maurizio Sarri’s team selection against Liverpool will tell us all about how seriously he’s taking this competition.

The Italian manager picked a much stronger team than expected against PAOK last week does that mean he’s going to be rotating very little all season? Or has he simply prioritised Europe over the Carabao  cup?

That would probably make sense, especially for a manager unfamiliar with the English tradition of not taking Europe’s second tier competition seriously. To the outsider it’s the bigger deal,and Sarri picked his team accordingly.

So little did he alter that 11 from the one that played the league games either side that he now has some starters who have had three in a row. Marcos Alonso, for example, looked to have slowed down significantly by the third match.

This can only mean one thing – time for heavy rotation from the manager, with this weekend’s second clash with the Reds far more vital.