Liverpool's makeshift FA Cup XI vs. Exeter: Who starts next to Benteke?
An injury crisis has forced Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp into multiple changes. Who are the young team tasked with seeing off League Two club Exeter City in Friday's FA Cup third-round tie at St James Park?
Squad Number: 34
Bogdan, who endured a difficult return to the starting XI in the 3-0 loss away to Watford in December, has made four appearances since arriving on a free transfer last summer from Bolton Wanderers, where he spent the past eight years. The understudy to Simon Mignolet at Anfield, he had filled the same role to Jussi Jaaskelainen at Bolton until becoming first-choice in 2012. The Hungary international caught Brendan Rodgers' eye with a starring role as Bolton held Liverpool 0-0 at Anfield in the FA Cup fourth-round a year ago.
Squad Number: 56
The Liverpool-born defender has featured twice for the first team, both under Klopp. Having made an early impression in training when the German took over as manager, he was given his debut in the victory against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. Formerly captain of Liverpool's U-18 side, he now features for the U-21 squad and is noted for his tenacity and desire to get forward.
Squad Number: 26
The pacey London-born centre-back first impressed Liverpool when playing against them at the youth level for Sporting Lisbon in 2011. His strengths are aerial ability, versatility across the defensive line and composure on the ball, but he has been something of an invisible man since arriving at Anfield for £7 million in 2013. He went to Granada on loan in the second half of his first season, impressing in a victory against Barcelona. Then last season he went on loan to Bordeaux before starring as Portugal reached the final of the U-21 European Championships. This season his loan at Aston Villa brought no action for the first team and he was recalled just in time to be registered for Friday night's tie.
Position: Left-back or makeshift centre-back
Squad Number: 3
Another forgotten man despite his 96 appearances for Liverpool, the 29-year-old's last outing for the first team was a year ago against Bolton in the FA Cup. He was hauled off at half-time (as he had been on his previous start against FC Basel) and has been an outcast since. Told to find a new club last summer, he has featured for the under-21s this season at centre-back, where he became an emergency option for Klopp after injuries to all of Liverpool's recognised central defenders. The Spaniard, who won the Carling Cup in his first season at Anfield, looked to be on his way out of the club with his contract expiring this summer.
Squad Number: 44
Although he made his debut in the Premier League meeting with Chelsea two seasons ago, by last summer Smith was in dispute with Liverpool over his contract and looked destined to leave. But the Australian international -- who was also capped by England at youth level -- came out of the wilderness to sign a new contract after Klopp's arrival and made a committed man-of-the-match appearance away to Sion in the Europa League last month. He also contributed an assist during the 6-1 Capital One Cup win away to Southampton.
Squad Number: 32
Klopp has described Brannagan as having "everything a midfielder should have." He was on the verge of a first-team breakthrough last season and has now made three appearances under Klopp since his debut as a substitute in the Europa League tie away in Bordeaux. A first start followed in the Capital One Cup victory against AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. He operates behind the strikers or on the wing.
Squad Number: 53
With two previous first-team appearances, he showed his flair in the Capital One Cup tie against Bournemouth in October that brought Klopp's first win as manager. The Portuguese playmaker arrived from Sporting in February 2012 after being compared to Deco. He has shown his ability for the under-21s despite injury issues and had a spell in the Championship at Brentford on loan. Rodgers gave him his debut as a substitute in the win at Fulham in February 2014 before sending him on loan to Championship side Brighton last season. There he made 32 appearances and scored six times before being named Liverpool Academy's Players' Player of the Year. A regular at Melwood under Klopp.
Position: Full-back or winger
Squad Number: 35
The versatile Londoner was recalled from an injury-blighted loan at League One side Swindon Town just in time to be registered for the tie at Exeter. He joined in 2014 after being released by Spurs, can slot in on either flank, and has also played in central midfield for the Reds' U-21 side. He began 2015 with loan spells at League Two sides Cheltenham Town and Burton Albion, scoring the winning goal against Cambridge United on the final day of last season as Burton clinched the league title.
Squad Number: 40
The Oldham-born winger has been with Liverpool since the age of seven and makes his competitive debut. Having impressed last season with the Reds' U-21 side, Kent travelled with the first team on the pre-season tour and played in the friendly against Brisbane Roar. He was then sent out on loan last September to Coventry City, from where he was recalled when the injury crisis at Liverpool worsened. He made 17 appearances for Tony Mowbray's Coventry side and has made a name for himself with his trickery on either flank or behind a striker.
Squad Number: 48
The forward is the youngest player ever to represent Liverpool, with the first of his three previous appearances coming at the age of 16 years and six days in a League Cup victory at West Brom on September 26, 2012. He had joined from the Baggies and has gone on to collect England age-group caps. He joined Ojo on loan at Wigan last season, making his first senior appearances since that Reds debut three years earlier.
Squad Number: 9
It is a peculiar position for the £32.5 million man to be part of this makeshift team but he has struggled to find a convincing role since Klopp took over. Benteke is nonetheless Liverpool's top scorer this season, with seven goals in his 21 outings, after his arrival from Aston Villa. Coming to England from Genk in his native Belgium, he made an immediate impact before missing the 2014 World Cup with an Achilles rupture, then was at his destructive best as Villa beat Liverpool in last season's FA Cup semifinal at Wembley.
Tom is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. Follow him @writertombell.