Preston North End v Liverpool: Carabao League Cup, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 27-10-2021 3:54 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date: Wednesday 27th October, 2021
Time: 7:45 pm
Stadium Deepdale
Referee    David Coote (England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News
Preston North End
Frankie McAvoy has greeted a mixed bag of updates on the team news front ahead of the visit of Liverpool. On Wednesday, the Preston North End manager will be bereft of the services of as many as four first-team players.

Alan Browne is the latest player sidelined after picking up a red card against Blackpool this past weekend. In addition, Ched Evans (foot), Connor Wickham (hamstring) and Isaiah Brown (Achilles tendon) all continue to remain unavailable for Preston.

However, in some good news, Ali McCann is available again after recovering from an ankle injury, while Matthew Olosunde could be in line to play for the first time this season after taking part in a practice game on the weekend.

Olosunde, though, is only likely to make an appearance off the bench in the second half, with Sepp van den Berg likely to start in his place in the right wing-back slot. Interestingly, van den Berg has been granted permission to play against his parent club and will be keen on making an impression.

Josh Earl is a certainty on the left flank, while in the three-man central defensive unit, Jordan Storey, Patrick Bauer, and Andrew Hughes are likely to get the nod. Declan Rudd will take his place in goal for Preston, who will line up in a 3-4-1-2 formation.

Up ahead in midfield, Ben Whiteman and Ryan Ledson will have the onus on them to keep a check on the output of players like Curtis Jones and Tyler Morton. The duo will also need to initiate swift transitions whenever the opportunities present themselves.

Daniel Johnson will provide the creative impetus higher up the pitch, playing off the two strikers – Emil Riis Jakobsen and Scott Sinclair. Jakobsen, in particular, has been in impeccable form so far in the Carabao Cup and will hope to continue his fine run on Wednesday.

Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Rudd; Storey, Bauer, Hughes; van den Berg, Whiteman, Ledson, Earl; Johnson; Jakobsen, Sinclair

Unlike his counterpart in the Preston North End dugout, Jurgen Klopp has been handed a few major concerns ahead of the trip to Deepdale. On Wednesday, the Liverpool manager will have to make do without six first-team players.

Harvey Elliott (ankle) and Thiago Alcantara (calf) were already on the sidelines. And Klopp’s woes in midfield have been exacerbated by the fact that James Milner sustained a hamstring injury and Naby Keita picked up a knock in the 5-0 win over Manchester United. Fabinho, too, will miss out as he continues his recovery from a minor knee injury.
Klopp is also sweating over the fitness of Caoimhin Kelleher, who is recovering from an illness. If Kelleher is unable to become available in time, Adrian will come in as an emergency option between the sticks for Liverpool. The back four should have an entirely new look, with Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Phillips set to pair up at the heart of the Liverpool defence, with Neco Williams and Kostas Tsimikas being the two full-backs.

Up ahead in midfield, Klopp is barely left with recognised options, two of whom are Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones. And instead of adding to Jordan Henderson’s workload, the Liverpool boss could hand a start to Tyler Morton following his impressive display against Norwich City last month.

Finally, the attacking unit appears likely to miss out on the services of Kaide Gordon, who has been looking to shrug off a minor injury to make himself available. Instead, Sadio Mane will make a rare start in a cup tie, with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino lining up alongside him in the final third.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Adrian; Neco Williams, Gomez, Phillips, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Morton; Mane, Origi, Minamino

Prediction: Preston North End 0-3 Liverpool

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