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Match Preview: Liverpool (A)

26 October 2021

Preston North End will look to progress to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time in club history on Wednesday evening when they welcome Liverpool to Deepdale.

Match Information
Venue: Deepdale
Date: Wednesday 27th October, 7.45pm kick-off
Competition: Carabao Cup fourth round
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture are now sold out in all areas of the ground, so there will be none available on the night of the game.

First Team News

The One And Only Issue Nine: Liverpool

26 October 2021

For home supporters who are attending, the fan zone will be open from 5.30pm onwards, with the usual offerings of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, live music and food. The fan zone will also reopen after the game, closing at 10.30pm.

The Terrace will also have a marquee in the fan zone, where they will be selling special edition items, including prints signed by former PNE skipper Tom Clarke who will be making a short appearance. He will also be on the pitch at half-time, with North End fans getting their first chance to thank Clarkey since his departure.

Due to this being a Carabao Cup fixture, there will be no live video stream available on iFollow PNE anywhere in the world, but audio commentary is available for a £2.50 match pass.

PNE Team News


After missing the last three games through injury, midfielder Ali McCann is back in contention to feature on Wednesday evening.

He picked up his ankle injury in the away defeat to QPR, a game where Sean Maguire was also forced off, and he will be pushing for a start in this game after returning from the bench at the weekend.

Still missing for North End, though, will be striker Ched Evans, and Frankie McAvoy also confirmed Josh Murphy will be out for a few weeks after hurting his ankle in training, although he is cup tied either way. Skipper Alan Browne is also unavailable for selection after his red card against Blackpool at the weekend.

A recent rule change for this competition means that both sides will be allowed to make up to five substitutions, while being able to name nine players on the bench.

The Opposition

Liverpool arrive at Deepdale after what will no doubt go down as a famous victory, beating their rivals Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

It remains to be seen how many of those players who were involved in that game will take part in this one, though, with Jurgen Klopp having made nine changes for their third round tie against Norwich City.

However, it was by no means a weak side which was fielded, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Takumi Minamino and Joe Gomez starting for the Reds.

Key Stats

Liverpool have enjoyed themselves in this competition in years gone by, having won eight titles, a number which is only matched by Manchester City.

The Reds have been free-scoring so far this term, bagging three or more goals in ten games in all competitions in the 2021/22 season.

They are also unbeaten in all competitions too, going 13 without defeat.

Our Last Meeting


North End’s last game against Liverpool in competitive action came back in 2009 in the third round of the FA Cup.

A Liverpool side which featured the likes of Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Jamie Carragher came out 2-0 winners, with goals coming from Albert Riera and Fernando Torres.

Man In The Middle


David Coote will be the referee on Wednesday evening, his first game taking charge of either a PNE or Liverpool game so far this season.

Coote last refereed a match at Deepdale in 2019, as North End beat Brentford 2-0, with both Sean Maguire and Tom Barkhuizen on the scoresheet.

He has spent the majority of the last few seasons officiating in the Premier League and he’s taken charge of five top flight games so far this term.

Pre-Match Show

We have a special edition of our pre-match show, The Weekend Warm Up, for this fixture.

Presenter Simon Crabtree catches up with defender Sepp van den Berg, who could feature against his parent club on Wednesday evening, while we also have an exclusive chat with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ahead of his side's visit to Deepdale.

Watch in full above or head to our YouTube channel, and why not subscribe while you're there.

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Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 0 Liverpool 2

27 October 2021

Two Liverpool goals in the second half saw Preston North End knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the fourth round.

The Lilywhites created plenty of chances and on another day could have headed into half-time a few goals to the good, but their chances came to no avail and goals in the second half from Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Frankie McAvoy made nine changes from the weekend, while Jurgen Klopp swapped his entire 11 for this fixture, but by no means was it a weak side fielded.

It was PNE who had much the better of the play in the first half, with the first chance coming through Tom Barkhuizen. He isolated Joe Gomez and the forward, on his 200th appearance for the club, cut on to his left foot but sent an effort just over.

The ball was in the away end on 17 minutes too, after Ryan Ledson hit a superb volley goalwards, and for a second it looked as though it may just dip into the top corner, however it proved to be just too high.

An even better chance fell Brad Potts’ way just short of ten minutes later, as Sean Maguire played him through one on one with Adrian, but the goalkeeper came out on top, tipping his effort over for a corner.

Just a couple of moments later an even better opportunity came around, as Ali McCann played a brilliant ball across goal for Maguire, but Adrian pulled off a great stop to keep it goalless. His save only went as far as Ledson, who tried his luck, his effort being blocked by Neco Williams in the six-yard box, and play ended with Potts, who sent another effort over the bar.

North End would have been disappointed to not head into the break ahead, and in the second half, the first chance fell to the visitors, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spinning his man and firing wide from 20 yards.

Barkhuizen was then frustrated by Adrian, sidefooting a volley towards the near post which was saved, and the Reds went down the other end to take the lead through Minamino, who volleyed Neco Williams’ cross beyond Declan Rudd.

Frankie McAvoy made all five of his allotted changes, but just a few minutes after his side were two goals down after a moment of class from Origi. Kostas Tsimikas saw his overhit cross strike Rudd’s crossbar and the ball fell to Williams. He saw his shot blocked by Liam Lindsay, and it flew up behind Origi’s back and the forward somehow backheeled it in the air over his head and into the net.

Liverpool almost made it three on 89 minutes, with Williams going one on one on goal, but Rudd came up with a great stop to keep the scoring at two.

PNE line-up: Rudd; van den Berg, Lindsay, Hughes; Rafferty, McCann (Johnson, 78), Potts, Ledson (Whiteman, 79), Cunningham (Earl, 69); Maguire (Sinclair, 79), Barkhuizen (Riis, 63). Subs not used: Iversen, Bauer, Johnson, Storey, Huntington.

Liverpool line-up: Adrian; Williams, Matip (Phillips, 45), Gomez, Tsimikas; Morton, Jones (Beck, 90+1), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Dixon-Bonner, 90+1); Blair (Bradley, 55), Origi, Minamino. Subs not used: Pitaluga, Konate, Firmino, Jota, Hughes.

Referee: Mr D Coote.

Attendance: 22,131 (5,611 away fans).

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Ticket News

Liverpool Tickets Sold Out

25 October 2021

All tickets for our Carabao Cup fourth round tie against Liverpool have now sold out!

Club News

Your Chance To Thank Clarkey

25 October 2021

Preston North End will take on Jurgen Klopp's Premier League side in the 7.45pm kick-off in front a packed-out Deepdale, with the two sides battling it out for a place in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

The fan zone will be open to all home supporters in attendance as usual, with The Terrace back with their marquee, offering lots of their items, including a new special edition blackout item. 

There will also be special prints signed by Tom Clarke given away, as the former club captain returns to Deepdale for the first time since his departure, and supporters will now get the chance to show their thanks for his superb service to the football club.

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