Boasting the worst attacking record in all of England and Scotland's professional leagues, Al Hain-Cole does not expect the Rams to have much joy against Klopp's outfit
After another impressive Premier League outing saw them overcome Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool will be hoping to maintain their momentum when they take on Derby County at the iPro Stadium in Tuesday’s EFL Cup clash.
Having beaten champions Leicester City 4-1 prior to Friday’s 2-1 victory in south west London, Jurgen Klopp’s men are 2/5 (1.40) favourites with bet365 to extend their winning streak against Championship opposition.
In the relegation zone after picking up just six points from their opening eight league fixtures, the Rams are available at 6/1 (7.00) to kickstart their campaign with a shock victory here.
The hosts needed penalties to overcome League Two Carlisle United in the last round, and you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on them playing out another stalemate after 90 minutes this time out.
With just two goals to their name after eight league games, there is no doubt where Nigel Pearson have been coming up short so far. Not only is that return the fewest in all four of England’s professional divisions, but also in the four Scottish leagues as well as the National League including its North and South Divisions.
While they may have found the net for the first time in just under seven hours against Bristol City at the weekend, a last-minute equaliser ensured their winless streak now extends to seven games in all competitions.
In contrast, their high-flying guests will come into this tie in supreme confidence after a string of strong performances against daunting opposition, while a lack of European obligations should allow them to field a similarly strong line-up to the one that thrashed Burton Albion 5-0 in the last round.
Having kept clean sheets in three of their last four away games versus Derby, odds of 8/5 (2.60) look good on a confident Liverpool ensuring they draw yet another blank en route to victory on Tuesday.