As it happened: Preston North End 0-2 Liverpool in the Carabao Cup
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21:02a month ago

Thanks for joining me!

Thanks for following my coverage of tonight's fourth-round Carabao Cup match between Preston North End and Liverpool.

The Reds are through after second-half goals from Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi.

See you next time!

21:00a month ago

Tonight's results


20:53a month ago

West Ham through

West Ham United are also into the quarter-finals after beating holders Manchester City on penalties!


20:38a month ago

Origi's goal


20:38a month ago

Minamino's goal


20:36a month ago

Full-time: Preston North End 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after a 2-0 win at Deepdale!

Preston were unable to finish their first-half chances, and Liverpool made them pay in the second half.

20:34a month ago

90+1' Double change for Liverpool

Liverpool make a double change. 

OFF: Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

ON: Owen Beck and Elijah Dixon-Bonner.
20:32a month ago

Three minutes added

The fourth official indicates a minimum of three minutes added time at the end of the second half.
20:31a month ago

89' Chance for Liverpool

Neco Williams has a chance to make it 3-0 to Liverpool, but Declan Rudd makes the save!

He probably should've squared it to Minamino.

20:28a month ago

More on the goal

A cross from Konstantinos Tsimikas hits the crossbar and comes back out to Neco Williams. His effort is blocked and reaches Divock Origi, who flicks the ball over Rudd and into the net!
20:26a month ago

84' GOAL! Origi doubles Liverpool's lead!

Divock Origi puts Liverpool 2-0 up and a step closer to the quarter-finals!
20:22a month ago

80' Chance for Liverpool

Liverpool's Curtis Jones has a chance to double their lead, but his strike is straightforward for Declan Rudd.
20:21a month ago

78' Triple change for Preston

The hosts make a triple change. 

ON: Daniel Johnson, Scott Sinclair and Ben Whiteman.

OFF: Ali McCann, Ryan Ledson and Sean Maguire.

20:16a month ago

74' Quiet second-half from Preston

After an impressive first-half, Preston have been unable to create much this half. 

Will the Lilywhites get a chance to equalise?

20:10a month ago

68' Preston substitution

Second substitution of the night for the Lilywhites. 

Josh Earl replaces Greg Cunningham at left wing-back.

20:07a month ago

65' Preston change

Preston made a change after Liverpool's goal. 

Their top scorer Emil Riis Jakobsen is on for Tom Barkhuizen.

The Dane scored in all of the previous rounds.

20:05a month ago

More on the goal

Neco Williams does well before crossing. It reaches Minamino, whose first-time effort finds the back of the net!
20:04a month ago

62' GOAL! Minamino puts Liverpool ahead!

Takumi Minamino puts Liverpool ahead!
20:00a month ago

58' Maguire able to continue

Preston forward Sean Maguire is able to continue after receiving treatment.

Good news for the hosts.

19:57a month ago

55' Liverpool substitution

Liverpool make their second change of the night.

Conor Bradley replaces Harvey Blair.

19:56a month ago

54' Oxlade-Chamberlain tries his luck

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries his luck from distance, but his effort is just wide.
19:50a month ago

47' Chance for Liverpool

Chance for Liverpool as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends a cross into the Preston box, but Takumi Minamino cannot make contact.
19:47a month ago

46' We're back underway!

Preston get us back underway for the second half!
19:47a month ago

Liverpool substitution

The Reds have made a change for the second half. 

Nat Phillips replaces Joel Matip.

19:43a month ago

When Neco Williams denied Ryan Ledson on the line


19:33a month ago

Half-time: Preston 0-0 Liverpool

The sides go in at half-time with the score goalless.

Preston will be pleased with their first-half performance but disappointed not to be leading.

Liverpool has had 80% possession but are yet to test Declan Rudd.

19:26a month ago

39' Preston defending well

Not only do Preston look threatening in attack, but they've also been solid at the back so far. 

Liverpool have been unable to create any real chances.

19:20a month ago

33' Preston corner

Preston win a corner after a long throw into the Liverpool box is put behind.
19:15a month ago

28' Liverpool somehow survive!

Liverpool somehow survive several Preston chances in quick succession!

First, Sean Maguire sees his shot from close range saved by Adrian. 

Ryan Ledson's effort is then blocked on the line before Brad Potts fires over!

19:12a month ago

25' Chance for Preston

Big chance for Preston as Sean Maguire puts Brad Potts through on goal, but Adrian makes the save!
19:07a month ago

20' Liverpool corner

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain delivers a corner for Liverpool, but Sepp van den Berg clears the danger.
19:04a month ago

17' Ledson fires over

The ball comes to Preston's Ryan Ledson outside the box, but his strike goes over the crossbar. 

The hosts look threatening on the counter attack.

18:57a month ago

11' Chance for Preston

Preston break as Curtis Jones loses possession for the visitors. 

Sean Maguire finds Tom Barkhuizen, whose effort from distance is off target.

18:52a month ago

5' Blair overhits cross

Liverpool's Harvey Blair does well to turn Andrew Hughes inside the box, but his subsequent cross is overhit and out of play.
18:50a month ago

Both sides heavily rotated

Both sides are heavily rotated from their weekend games. 

Nine changes for the hosts, while Liverpool have a completely different eleven.

18:47a month ago

1' We're underway!

Liverpool get us underway in this fourth-round Carabao Cup tie at Deepdale!
18:45a month ago

The teams are out!

The teams make their way onto the pitch, and we're just moments away from kick-off!


18:33a month ago

Kick-off fast approaching!

We're less than 15 minutes away from kick-off in this Carabao Cup fourth-round clash between Preston North End and Liverpool.

Who will progress to the quarter-finals? You'll find out here on VAVEL!

18:23a month ago

The debutants warming up

Liverpool midfielder Tyler Morton makes his full debut for the first team tonight.

Here's some footage of him and Harvey Blair warming up ahead of kick-off.


18:17a month ago

200th Preston appearance for Tom Barkhuizen

Can the forward mark the occasion with a goal? 


18:07a month ago

One to watch - Liverpool

Liverpool's one to watch is 18-year-old Harvey Blair, who's making his senior debut for the club tonight.

The winger only made four appearances for the under-18s last season due to injury but managed to score two goals.

He has made five appearances for the under-18s this campaign and scored once.

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17:59a month ago

One to watch - Preston

The Lilywhites' one to watch this evening is defender Sepp van den Berg

The 19-year-old Dutchman is in his second loan spell at Deepdale from Liverpool and was permitted to play against his parent club.

Can he help stop the Reds from progressing to the quarter-finals?

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17:49a month ago

Liverpool starting line-up


17:49a month ago

Preston North End starting line-up


17:36a month ago

The Preston players have arrived


17:30a month ago

Good evening!

Welcome back to our coverage of tonight's Carabao Cup fourth-round match between Preston North End and Liverpool!

We will have the confirmed line-ups for both teams in 15 minutes.


03:24a month ago

That's all for now!

I'll be back closer to kick-off with more pre-match build-up, including the confirmed starting elevens!

See you then.

03:19a month ago


VAVEL's Oliver Walton has written the preview for this game. 

Have a read for the team news, predicted line-ups and players to watch from both teams.


03:14a month ago

How to watch

Wednesday's match will be available to watch in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event or Sky Sports Football, with kick-off at 19:45 BST. 

However, if you want to follow live match updates, VAVEL is the place for you!

03:09a month ago

Frankie McAvoy pre-match comments

Preston boss Frankie McAvoy spoke to the media on Monday – here's what he said about his side's opponents.

“It doesn’t matter who they put on the pitch, it’s going to be a formidable game," McAvoy said.

“They’re one of the biggest clubs in the world. [They have a] fantastic history about them and at the moment they’ve probably got one of the top coaches in the world. I don’t think there’s any questions or doubt about that.

“They’re magnificent. You watch them, they pass, they move, their front three are electric, and even the ones who don’t get a game for them at the moment are fantastic players.

“You just need to look at the last round where they went with what people say is a second string and they turned over Norwich 3-0 at Norwich, so we know the task that we’re facing. It’s a monumental task.

“Nobody’s probably giving us any hope at all for us to get anything out of the game, but you never know what can happen. It’s a cup competition and we’ll go and we’ll give our utmost.

03:04a month ago

Preston North End v Liverpool prediction

Although Liverpool won't be at full strength on Wednesday, I still expect them to progress to the quarter-finals. 

Prediction: Preston North End 1-3 Liverpool

02:59a month ago

Previous meetings

The last competitive meeting between Preston and Liverpool was in 2009 in the FA Cup third round at Deepdale.

The Reds won 2-0 on that occasion with goals from Fernando Torres and Albert Riera.

In total, they've met 86 times. Liverpool have won 39 compared to Preston's 26, with 21 draws.

02:54a month ago

Liverpool team news

Liverpool are likely to field a very different side to the one that won 5-0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders told the media“I think it’s important: if you want to be good in the first game of the season, the ninth game of the season and the 38th game of the season, two things are important. 

“The first thing is consistency – consistency in our ideas, so the way we want to play, the way we want to set up, the way we want to show our mentality. This consistency, that’s really important. What we do each day to prepare.

“The second thing is using the squad because we know that we need in our game freshness and we need unpredictability, we need creativity. We know that fatigue stops that."

James Milner and Naby Keita both sustained injuries against United, and the former will be out until the November international break. 

Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are also injured, while goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is unlikely to feature as he recovers from an illness.

Predicted line-up: Adrian; N Williams, Matip, Gomez, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Morton; Gordon, Origi, Minamino.

02:49a month ago

Preston North End team news

Preston midfielder Ali McCann will be available for the tie, having missed the last three matches with an ankle injury. 

Sean Maguire could start after returning from the bench against Blackpool on Saturday. 

Ched Evans will miss out through injury, while Josh Murphy is both cup-tied and injured.

Captain Alan Browne is suspended after his red card against Blackpool.

Predicted line-up: Rudd; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; van den Berg, McCann, Ledson, Cunningham; Potts; Maguire, Barkhuizen.

02:44a month ago

Match officials

The referee for the match will be David Coote. His assistants are Nick Hopton and Wade Smith, while John Brooks is the fourth official.
02:39a month ago

Liverpool hoping for another comfortable result

Liverpool won 3-0 away at Norwich City in round three and will hope for a similar result on Wednesday. 

They were knocked out at this stage of the competition last season after losing on penalties against Arsenal.

02:34a month ago

Preston looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time

The Lilywhites will be looking to reach the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup for the first time on Wednesday.

They faced Premier League opposition at home in the third round the previous two seasons, with both ties ending in defeat against Brighton and Manchester City.

02:29a month ago

The match will take place at Deepdale

Wednesday night's game will take place at Deepdale, Preston.

The stadium has a capacity of 23,408, and both teams have sold all their tickets.

02:24a month ago

Welcome to's live coverage of the 2021 Carabao Cup match: Preston North End v Liverpool!

Welcome! My name is Dale Winfield, and I'll be your host for the Carabao Cup fourth-round tie between Preston North End and Liverpool.

Here at VAVEL, we will provide you with pre-match build-up, team news and live updates throughout the game.