Jacob Steinberg was at the London Stadium to see the hosts end Manchester City’s long League Cup reign. You know what to do: clickity click, my Clockwatch chums. Thanks for reading this live blog. Nighty night!
Jamie Jackson was at Turf Moor. Here’s his report on a game that went the same way as the 1962 FA Cup final.
Jurgen Klopp speaks to Sky. “We didn’t play too well, to be 100 percent honest, and Preston played long balls that were tricky to defend. The game was open and we lost our structure, so we couldn’t create too much in the first half. We decided to push Neco Williams a little higher. Preston played a really inspired game, the atmosphere was nice, nobody got injured, so a perfect night.”
Andy Hunter was at Deepdale to see Liverpool’s second string get past Preston. His report has landed, and here it is.
- Burnley 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- Leicester City 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion (Leicester win 4-2 on pens)
- Preston North End 0-2 Liverpool
- Stoke City 1-2 Brentford
- West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City (West Ham win 5-3 on pens)
A quick word with Liverpool’s man of the match Neco Williams, who saved a certain goal by taking one full in the face, made two assists, but missed a chance of his own late on. “I’m fuming about that! I should have got on the scoresheet. Never mind. Hopefully next game!”
Leicester beat Brighton 4-2 on pens
PENS: Leicester 4-2 Brighton. Mwepu needs to score to keep Brighton alive. He blows out hard ... passes towards the bottom right ... and Ward reads his intention. A strong hand, and Leicester are through!
PENS: Leicester 4-2 Brighton. Ricardo sends Steele the wrong way, slotting into the right-hand side of goal. Brighton on the brink.
PENS: Leicester 3-2 Brighton. Mac Allister scored against Manchester City from the spot last weekend ... and he does so again now. Into the top left it goes. Glorious.
PENS: Leicester 3-1 Brighton. Daka needs to place the ball twice, but feels no pressure, opening his body and slamming a sidefoot into the top right. Pure quality.
PENS: Leicester 2-1 Brighton. Maupay puts everything behind it, leans back, and cannons the ball off the bar.
PENS: Leicester 2-1 Brighton. Barnes passes into the bottom right. Lovely and calm.
PENS: Leicester 1-1 Brighton. Gross sends Ward to the left, then fires low to the right.
PENS: Leicester 1-0 Brighton. Maddison up first at the King Power. After a little jig, he slots into the bottom right.
Elsewhere, Brentford have closed out a 2-1 victory at Stoke. Meanwhile the match between Leicester and Brighton has gone to penalties, having finished 2-2. More on that very soon!
West Ham beat Man City 5-3 on pens
PENS: West Ham 5-3 Man City. Benrahma lashes into the top left, and Manchester City’s four-year hold on the League Cup is over! David Moyes and Pep Guardiola wear the expressions you’d expect.
PENS: West Ham 4-3 Man City. Grealish keeps City alive, whipping into the top right.
PENS: West Ham 4-2 Man City. Cresswell passes into the bottom left, sending Steffen the wrong way, and they’re at match point now. Can City save themselves?
PENS: West Ham 3-2 Man City. Jesus stutters, sends Areola the wrong way, and passes into the bottom right.
PENS: West Ham 3-1 Man City. Dawson looks pensive ... but bangs one into the top left.
PENS: West Ham 2-1 Man City. Cancelo whistles into the bottom left. City are on the board.
PENS: West Ham 2-0 Man City. Bowen finds the right-hand side of the net, though Steffen got a strong hand to it.
PENS: West Ham 1-0 Man City. Foden pulls City’s first wide right! The Hammers have the advantage against the holders!
PENS: West Ham 1-0 Man City. Noble bashes the first one down the middle.
The other fourth-round scores.
- Burnley 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (F)
- Leicester City 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion (L)
- Stoke City 1-2 Brentford (L)
- West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City (F)
The holders Manchester City, who have won the last four finals, have been taken to penalties. News of those coming up now!
FULL TIME: Preston North End 0-2 Liverpool
Preston had their chances in the first half, but didn’t take them. Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi’s second-half flicks send Liverpool into the quarter finals.
90 min +1: In the first of three added minutes, Liverpool replace Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain with Beck and Dixon-Bonner.
90 min: Williams has also been named man of the match on Sky. Two assists and a goalline clearance with his face. It’s fair enough.
89 min: Origi releases Williams down the inside-right channel with another cute flick. Williams strides into the box. He’s got Minamino free in the middle, but opts to shoot himself. Rudd smothers. Minamino throws his arms out in despair/irritation. I suppose, having two assists to his name this evening, Williams earned the right to have a go himself.
88 min: That’s Origi’s 11th goal in his last ten League Cup starts.
86 min: That’s one of the strangest-loveliest finishes you’ll see. Pure instinct. Tsimikas very nearly replicated Paul Konchesky’s fluke for West Ham against Liverpool in the 2006 FA Cup final there, too.
GOAL! Preston North End 0-2 Liverpool (Origi 84)
Probably not, no. Tsimikas crosses from the left. The ball loops over Rudd and off the crossbar. Williams picks it up at the far post and tries to force home. He can’t get a shot on target. The ball squirts across towards Origi, six yards out. The ball flies behind Origi, but he sticks out a leg and improvises an astonishing backflick over the keeper and into the net! From farcical to fantastic.
83 min: Whiteman has the chance to release Earl down the left, but his ball down the channel has too much pace on it. Goal kick. The Deepdale faithful groan in frustration. Can their side find the dramatic late equaliser that would force a penalty shoot-out?
81 min: Potts drives down the right and looks to have won a corner off Phillips. But the ball spins out for a throw instead. No matter, Riis will throw long. As good as a corner? Nope. He loops straight into Adrian’s arms. A chance to apply some pressure spurned.
80 min: Jones dribbles in from the left and suddenly there’s some space in the middle to drive into. He accepts the invitation, only to scuff his low drive straight at Rudd. Easy for the keeper.
78 min: A triple substitution by Preston. Ledson, McCann and Maguire are replaced by Johnson, Whiteman and Sinclair.
76 min: Rudd kicks long towards Riis, who engages Gomez in an old-fashioned tussle but eventually comes off second best. Gomez did very well to hold firm there.
74 min: Deepdale has fallen a little quiet for the first time this evening. The hosts haven’t managed to worry Adrian since falling behind.
72 min: Bradley goes on a power run down the right, nearly making it into the Preston box from his starting position in his own half. Will that get Liverpool going again. They’ve become a little passive in the last few minutes.
70 min: Preston throw a few men forward in attack. The Liverpool backline holds up this time, despite plenty of pressing hither and yon by Riis, but the passage of play suggests Preston aren’t going to die wondering.
68 min: Preston make their second switch of the night. Josh Earl comes on for Greg Cunningham.
66 min: Liverpool look a little bit more in control since the goal. Speaking of which, Williams might have been an inch or two offside when Oxlade-Chamberlain released him at the start of the move that led to Minamino’s strike. Might have been, might not. We’ll never know for sure, as VAR isn’t in operation tonight.
64 min: Minamino and Jones threaten to open Preston up down the left. Van den Berg, on loan from Liverpool, reads the danger and wanders into shot, intercepting and calmly clearing. Fine defending. Jurgen Klopp can be forgiven for struggling to immediately process all of that.
63 min: Emil Riis, who already has four League Cup goals this season, comes on for Tom Barkhuizen.
GOAL! Preston North End 0-1 Liverpool (Minamino 62)
Williams dribbles hard down the inside-right channel. He reaches the byline and cuts back towards Minamino, on the right-hand corner of the six-yard box. Minamino sorts his feet out this time, flicking the ball across Rudd and into the bottom left.
61 min: Rafferty curls left towards Barkhuizen, just inside the box. Barkhuizen volleys straight at Adrian, but very softly. Liverpool go up the other end, and ...
60 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain goes on a fancy dribble down the inside-left channel. It’s a fine, purposeful run ... but then he clanks a pass intended for Tsimikas on the overlap straight out for a goal kick. He squats down on his haunches in despair, as well he might.
58 min: Maguire is still down getting a bit of treatment. He’s getting a finger taped. Ah, he’s back up ... and we play on.
56 min: Maguire is down injured. No foul, so the referee waves play on. Minamino crosses deep from the left and nearly finds Williams, romping in from the right. Preston aren’t happy that Liverpool played on, but that’s professional football for you.
55 min: Conor Bradley comes on for Harvey Blair.
54 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain has a dig from distance, having dropped a shoulder to shift the ball infield from the left. His effort only just flies wide of the top left. Had it been on target, Rudd was struggling. “It’s one thing to hammer United at Old Trafford, but Liverpool are struggling against this world-class team,” argues Peter Morrow, grabbing a rare opportunity with both hands. “After all, PNE were the world’s first super club and that was before Tom Finney. Even Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles had to win the World Cup before they were allowed to put on Preston’s shirt.”
52 min: Tsimikas floats in a cross from the right. Origi doesn’t attack it. Preston clear.
51 min: On the touchline, Klopp effs and jeffs with great feeling. He’s not happy with his team at all.
49 min: Barkhuizen with another of those long throws from the right. Jones does extremely well to flick the ball away just in time, with Potts steaming in hoping to connect with a volley from the edge of the box.
47 min: Liverpool should be leading. Oxlade-Chamberlain curls in from a deep position on the right. The ball drops perfectly for Minamino on the penalty spot, clear of the last man. Minamino goes for the volley, but his feet are all tangled up. He had time to take a touch, but instead the ball sails out for a goal kick. Huge chance.
Preston get the second half underway. Liverpool have made their first change of the evening, presumably pre-planned, giving Nat Phillips his first run-out of the season. He replaces Joel Matip.
The fourth-round half-times.
- Burnley 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
- Leicester City 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
- Preston North End 0-0 Liverpool
- Stoke City 0-2 Brentford
- West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City
HALF TIME: Preston North End 0-0 Liverpool
The half-time whistle sounds on 44 minutes and 58 seconds. Somewhere in the multiverse, Preston are leading through two Brad Potts goals. In the dimension we’re working in, Liverpool are rather fortunate to be level at the break.
44 min: See 42 minutes, except for Jones read Morton, and for Blair read Oxlade-Chamberlain.
42 min: Jones tries to slip Blair free down the middle, but his threaded pass is way too heavy and easily claimed by Rudd in the Preston goal.
40 min: Tsimikas crosses from the left, hoping to find Origi. Hughes rises highest to clear with ease. You get the sense Preston’s three centre backs can deal with this sort of carry-on all day.
38 min: On the touchline, Jurgen Klopp stands with a grim look on his face, hands pushed deep in his longcoat pockets, with the air of a man who has been waiting rather too long for the bus.
36 min: Ledson sprays a pass down the right for Rafferty, who should never get to the ball before Jones, but slides in and forces a corner. The set piece is completely wasted, hoofed straight out of play, but Preston are well on top right now.
34 min: Williams tries to counter from the Preston corner. McCann comes aquaplaning across him at speed. Free kick, nothing more, and the Preston man offers a fulsome apology. All nice.
33 min: Another long Preston throw from the right. Barkhuizen flings it long. Lindsay wins a header. Williams is forced to head behind for a corner on the left.
31 min: Liverpool take their first serious dig at goal, but Oxlade-Chamberlain’s bustling effort from just inside the box is easily blocked. This feels like a good old-fashioned cup tie all of a sudden.
30 min: What an absurd sequence of events. Williams had his arms up by his face when that ball hit him, and it wasn’t 100 percent clear from the replay that it didn’t hit a hand. But there’s no VAR, so even if that was the case, that’s that. More on that when I have it, which may be never.
28 min: I have absolutely no idea how Preston aren’t ahead. Gomez is caught dawdling as he romps upfield. McCann races down the right and rolls across for Maguire, one on on with Adrian, six yards out. He slams straight at the keeper, whose strong arm parries. Ledson follows up, only for the ball to smack Williams, back on the line, square in the face! Potts gets to the second rebound, only to lean back and blast over.
26 min: Lindsay is caught offside from the corner. Preston should be in the lead. It was a fine burst forward by Potts; not such a great shot. He could have taken a couple more strides forward, but perhaps didn’t back his pace against Matip, in hot pursuit.
25 min: Preston so nearly take the lead! Potts latches onto a loose ball in the centre circle, and quickly one-twos with Maguire ... and he’s clear! He’s one on one with Adrian. He aims for the top right. Adrian parries, though not in particularly convincing fashion, the ball looping inches wide of the right-hand post.
23 min: Kenny Dalglish, caught guffawing in the stands at Old Trafford on Sunday, is pictured yawning, which is about right. This match hasn’t really taken off yet.
21 min: Origi finds a pocket of space down the right and curls a tempting ball into the middle for Blair, who doesn’t really launch himself at it from the penalty spot. A very fine cross and a decent chance.
20 min: Liverpool win the first corner of the match out on the right. Oxlade-Chamberlain delivers. Van den Berg skelps clear.
19 min: Liverpool have dominated both in terms of possession and territorially, but it’s Preston who have had two attempts on goal. Neither have been on target, but it’s two more than Liverpool have taken.
17 min: The hosts whizz up the other end and win a throw. A long fling instigates a game of head tennis, then the ball breaks to Ledson, 25 yards out. He creams a first-time shot over the bar. Always high, but a decent enough effort nonetheless.
16 min: Tsimikas crosses from the left. Cunningham controls at the far post, sort of. His heavy touch threatens to let in Williams, but the Liverpool right-back doesn’t anticipate the mistake, and Preston clear.
15 min: Minamino drops deep to quarterback. His pass forward is more Sam Darnold than Tom Brady. Goal kick.
13 min: Preston have done well to cool Liverpool’s early jets. The hosts came out of the blocks quickly, but the match has settled down now.
11 min: Barkhuizen scampers after a long pass, and Liverpool suddenly look light at the back. He twists Matip this way and that, then has a dig from 25 yards. It flies harmlessly over the bar. He could have taken a couple more steps before shooting, and perhaps should have done better. But that’s a decent run, a good chance, and it’ll have given Preston plenty of hope.
9 min: The Liverpool fans plough through their cover of KC and the Sunshine Band’s Give It Up. “Ole’s at the Wheel.” Nothing much happening on the field, you see.
7 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain plays a simple long pass down the middle. Origi nearly gets on the end of it. The Preston defence looked a bit uncertain there.
5 min: Williams takes on Cunningham in a footrace down the right, and wins. His cross is headed clear by Liverpool loanee Van den Berg. Liverpool come again through Blair, who spins cleverly down the inside-right channel only to overcook either a shot or cross, it’s not clear what his intention was. It’s in the stand behind the goal, that much we know.
4 min: Minamino and Williams take turns to tease the Preston defence, but the thin white line holds firm. Pretty much as expected in these early exchanges, with Liverpool dominating possession and the hosts holding their shape.
2 min: It’s been raining quite a lot in Lancashire this evening, though it’s eased off right now. Hoods down in the dugouts.
1 min: A little bit of space for Minamino, 30 yards from goal. He spins but can neither control nor slip the ball down the left channel for Origi. Preston clear.
Liverpool get the ball rolling ... but only after they take the knee. There’s no room for racism.
The teams are out! Proud Preston, founder members and first winners of the Football League in 1888, wear their famous lilywhite. Liverpool’s first-choice red is pretty well-recognised too. A wonderful atmosphere at a sold-out Deepdale! We’ll be off in a minute.
Preston head coach Frankie McAvoy talks to Sky. “We’ve freshened it up quite a bit. The guys who are there are capable. We’ve got a squad we think will do relatively well, and will be comfortably set up. It’s a massive game, nobody will give us an earthly, but you never know and we’ll give it a go.”
Bill Shankly’s appearance for Preston in the 1938 FA Cup final, then. Even as a player, he was notable for being “a man who does unexpected things”, as our Special Correspondent noted on the morning of the match. As it turned out, the unexpected was provided by notorious BBC commentator/gadabout Lieutenant-Commander Thomas Woodrooffe, who would end up eating a marzipan bowler hat live on television as a result of Preston’s eventual victory. Long story, but a good one (and the quintessential Woodrooffe tale, linked towards the end of the entry, is very much worth a further click).
Jurgen Klopp speaks to Sky. “I know how difficult it is if you don’t play four or five games in a row, but I trust the boys. I am very positive and I hope they can enjoy the game. They are good footballers. I hope they enjoy it because if they feel pressure it would be really bad. I expect a fight [from Preston]. They will go with all they have, 100 percent.”
Sepp van den Berg, on loan from Liverpool, has been granted permission to play for Preston against his parent club. He’s one of only two survivors from Saturday’s 2-0 derby loss at Blackpool. Captain Alan Browne is suspended after getting himself sent off during the last (literal) knockings of that match, but Ali McCann returns in midfield.
Liverpool change all 11 players from the 5-0 annihilation of Manchester United. They give winger Harvey Blair his senior debut, while midfielder Tyler Morton makes his full debut. Divock Origi, scorer of ten goals in his last nine League Cup starts, pairs with Takumi Minamino up front, while Joe Gomez and Joel Matip line up in the centre of defence. Roberto Firmino, Ibrahima Konate and Diogo Jota provide some insurance on the bench.
Preston North End: Rudd, van den Berg, Lindsay, Hughes, Rafferty, McCann, Ledson, Cunningham, Potts, Barkhuizen, Maguire.
Subs: Whiteman, Bauer, Johnson, Iversen, Storey, Jakobsen, Huntington, Sinclair, Earl.
Liverpool: Adrian, Williams, Matip, Gomez, Tsimikas, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Morton, Blair, Origi, Minamino.
Subs: Konate, Firmino, Jota, Phillips, Bradley, Dixon-Bonner, Hughes, Beck, Pitaluga.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).
Welcome to our coverage of the Bill Shankly derby. Shanks won the FA Cup as a right-half with Preston North End in 1938, then at Liverpool ... well, you know what he did at Liverpool. Both sets of fans love the man; whatever happens tonight, Shanks will be smiling somewhere. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!