With attentions turning away from the league tonight, dcfc.co.uk looks at all you need to know ahead of the visit of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the EFL Cup…


Nigel Pearson will be without the services of Matěj Vydra and Ikechi Anya this evening.

Both players are cup-tied after featuring for their former club Watford in their EFL CUP Round Two defeat to Gillingham.

Pearson, the Derby manager, will still have James Wilson to call upon, but will be enforced into at least two changes against Jürgen Klopp’s side tonight.

Tom Ince and Darren Bent are pushing for a recall to the starting XI having come on as substitutes in the Rams’ 1-1 draw away at Bristol City at the weekend.


Andreas Weimann returned to action at the weekend and is likely to be part of the matchday squad again, whilst Abdoul Camara has returned to training too as he continues to step up his recovery from a minor hamstring injury.

Johnny Russell, George Thorne, and Craig Forsyth will take no part in tonight’s meeting at the iPro Stadium as they continue to recover from their injuries.


Speaking to Rams Player HD ahead of tonight’s meeting with EFL Cup clash with Liverpool: “We expect it to be a very tough game.


“From our perspective we want to play to our maximum and ask questions of our opponents. I don’t care if we are playing sides from lower leagues or above us in the Premier League, it’s about us playing as well as we can do.


“As I said, it’s a tough tie for us but we’re at home and it’s important to put a performance in.


“I know that our players are looking forward to playing the game. For them, to play against some of the best players in the country is a motivation in itself.”

He added: “It’s a cup tie that we’re in and we’ve got a chance. How good a chance we have got depends on how well we play, that’s the bottom line with it.


“What we’re trying to do at the minute is play our way back into form.


“In the last three league games, despite the results not being what we would like them to be, the performances have been a lot better and deserved more than one point.


“This is a change to the league. It’s not a distraction and it is a game that we have earned the right to play in, against one of the best sides in the country.


“We know, in order to progress, we need to be at our very best and Liverpool need to be off their game.”

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The most expensive African player ever, Sadio Mane is living up to that title in sublime fashion since earning his big career move to Liverpool in the summer.

Already, the agile attacking midfielder has scored two goals in five outings for the Reds, which includes a fine goal on his debut in the enthralling 4-3 away win at Arsenal.

To get to this stage in his career, the former RB Salzburg man bagged 25 goals in 75 appearances for Southampton to seal his move to Anfield after two impressive years at Southampton.


Amongst that is his notable hat trick, which was completed in just two minutes and 56 seconds against Aston Villa, smashing the record previously held by Reds legend Robbie Fowler.

He boasts 10 goals from 36 caps for Senegal since making his senior national team debut back in 2012.

And he will now hope to maintain a career trajectory that appears to have him set for stardom under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp.


Tickets for Derby County’s EFL Cup Round Three tie at home to Liverpool this evening (7:45pm) are still available to purchase.

Supporters should note that the Season Ticket Holder discount is no longer available, while purchasing in advance of arriving at the stadium by using the [email protected] service on WeAreDerby.com is advised.

Ticket prices are as follows:

£29 Adults

£20.50 Senior Citizens (65+)

£16 Under 18s

£9 2-12 Year Olds

The club will be opening all areas of the stadium for this tie and as such Season Ticket Holders had their 2016/17 seats reserved for them to buy during the first period of sale.

The easiest and most convenient way for supporters to purchase a ticket for the game is to log on to WeAreDerby.com and take advantage of the popular ‘Print @ Home’ service. Alternatively, tickets will be available to purchase in person at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 472 1884 (option 1).

Car Parking is available for Derby supporters to purchase in Car Parks A and B only on General Sale for £5. Seasonal parking passes are not valid for this game.

For more information, please visit the Ticket Office or call 0871 472 1884 (option 1).

Calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.


Will Hughes is the cover star for Tuesday night’s cup special edition of The Ram produced for Derby County’s highly-anticipated EFL Cup Round Three clash with Liverpool.

Featuring a seven-page in-depth interview with Derby County forward and graduate of the famed Reds academy, Tom Ince, supporters will, as ever, will be able to read an array of new and exciting features that have been introduced for this one-off cup clash.

Still retailing at its usual £3 price, supporters will be able to read exclusive current and historical content on all things Derby County and Liverpool ahead of Tuesday’s meeting at the iPro Stadium.

Click here for a brief look at what is to come in the #DCFCvLFC edition of The Ram.



DERBY COUNTY 1-2 LIVERPOOL

Wednesday 26 December, 2007



Steven Gerrard's last-gasp goal spared Liverpool's blushes at lowly Derby.

Fernando Torres' superb goal had given Liverpool an early lead as the Spaniard scored after beating two defenders.

But Liverpool failed to take a number of chances and Jay McEveley sent an angled shot past Jose Reina to equalise midway through the second half.

Gerrard then crashed the ball against the bar, but with time running out the Liverpool captain was on hand to score after Lewis Price saved from Torres.

Derby County: Price, Mears, Leacock, Moore (Feilhaber, 46), McEveley, Teale (Earnshaw, 56), Barnes, Pearson (Johnson, 26), Lewis, Howard, Miller.

Substitutes not used: Hinchliffe, Fagan

Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Hyypia (Benayoun, 54), Carragher, Riise, Babel (Kuyt, 72), Gerrard, Alonso, Aurelio, Torres, Voronin (Lucas, 90)

Substitutes not used: Itandje, Mascherano


Graham Scott will take charge of Derby County's game at home to Liverpool in Round Three of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.

The official has overseen five games so far this season, producing 19 yellows and one red.


His last Derby game was the 2-1 defeat at Wolves in February 2016.

He will be assisted by Richard West and David Bryan on the lines, whilst Michael Jones has been appointed as the Fourth Official.


Remember, you can follow Nigel Pearson’s men every step of the way throughout the season with dcfc.co.uk and Rams Player HD.

You can follow all the action from before, during and after Saturday’s game via the club’s social media channels.

We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook as well as a number of match action shots featuring as the action unfolds.

Rams Player HD is Derby County's official online TV station and has been designed for you, the fans, with a cutting edge user-friendly design to give the ultimate online fan experience.

Fully Apple MAC compatible, Rams Player HD allows fans to sit back and enjoy the benefits of being a subscriber in crystal clear clarity and is available at the bargain price of just 10p per day, with various packages and special offers available throughout the season.

Don't forget that Derby County supporters can also now access Rams Player HD on their iPhone, iPad and Android mobile device.

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The price for Rams Player HD over the 2016/17 season is fixed at £37.99 (direct debit) and £42.99 (credit card) just £4.49 per month (10p per day).

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