Liverpool turn their attentions to the Carabao Cup after a historic win at Old Trafford. The Reds travel to Deepdale to take on Preston North End with a place in the quarter finals of the competition at stake. Liverpool have won the League Cup a record eight times, with Manchester City equalling that haul last season. We take a look at how we expect Jürgen Klopp to line up.

There is bound to be wholesale changes from the side that tore United apart. In goal, Alisson will get the night of, and with Kelleher suffering a setback in training, Adrian should make his first appearance in eight months. Ahead of him, Neco Williams and Kostas Tsimikas should line up at fullback. In the heart of defence, Joe Gomez captained the side in the last round against Norwich and should do so again here.

Virgil Van Dijk will also get the night off, so alongside Gomez could be either Matip, Konaté or Nat Phillips. With Matip given a rest for the trip to Old Trafford, it could be a quick return for him. Phillips hasn’t had any game time this season and is also staking a claim. I reckon Konaté will be the only starter from Sunday to retain his place though, with Matip likely to face Brighton.

The youngster was imperious against Ronaldo and should be given the chance to make his fourth appearance for the club here. In midfield, Tyler Morton is likely to come in for his full Liverpool debut with Fabinho, Milner, Keita and Thiago all out injured and Henderson in need of a break. With Harvey Elliott still a long term absentee, it leaves Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the only options left.

Ox needs minutes and should get his chance here. He was largely poor in the previous round against Norwich and will be looking to make a bigger impact this time. He’s enjoyed eye catching cameos against Atleti and United now and really needs to kickstart his season. With the myriad of injuries in midfield, a pathway has opened up for him and it’s down to him to take it.

Upfront, Minamino and Origi are nailed on starters. They both scored in the win over Norwich and will again be looking to get in amongst the goals here. With Kaide Gordon missing out after just recovering from an injury, I reckon it will be Mané that completes the front three. Sadio only played an hour in Madrid and a quarter of an hour on Sunday.

Against Championship opposition, he should be looking to get a goal or two to keep him ticking over. Another hour here won’t hurt. Several youngsters should make the bench, with a mix of seniors too. With five subs being approved for the rest of the competition, Jürgen Klopp can give a host of his squad minutes, depending on how the game goes.

Predicted team:

Adrian, Williams, Konaté, Gomez, Tsimikas, Morton, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Origi, Mané.

Subs: Pitaluga, Bradley, Phillips, Matip, Beck, Henderson, Balagizi, Jota, Musialowski.



  1. Spot on!
    Worried about our midfield tho, thank GOD Pogba’s challenge to keita wasn’t fatal, it’s a good omen for keita, he should just enjoy and play football, no worries…
    Thiago’s Injury is a mystery, don’t you think?🤔

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    1. Keita’s performance felt like a huge turning point in his Liverpool career. Thiago always seems to take longer to return. Good thing is Fabinho and Keita should both be in with a shout on Saturday against Brighton, whilst Thiago should be back after that, either for Atleti or West Ham. No more injuries though 🙏

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      1. No more injuries, can’t wait for Curtis Jones to get back to playing style with this match, and I’m so hopeful for chamberlain to have a good season, he needs it, would be a massive boost to have an inform and fit chamberlain, just like his first season for Liverpool before that injury at home to Roma.

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