Liverpool's record 5-0 win at Man Utd: Solskjaer at 'rock bottom'
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp looks set to put his faith in a host of youngsters to get the Reds through Wednesday’s Carabao Cup round of 16 tie with Preston North End. A selection of the club’s finest young talent were left out of a Premier League 2 match-up on Tuesday evening, strongly hinting at an upcoming involvement in the first team.
The Reds are riding high after a stunning 5-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday continued their unbeaten start to the league season.
Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick was merely the latest instalment of his blistering form this campaign, although he is likely to be rested in midweek.
While Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now finds himself under copious amounts of pressure, Klopp’s side have had a relatively peaceful preparation for their Carabao Cup encounter.
Travelling to a Preston side who sit 19th in the Championship may not seem too daunting, but reaching the quarter-finals would certainly be a big-ticket for the Lilywhites.
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Based on the Liverpool team selection for Tuesday’s Premier League 2 action, Preston may have a decent chance to advance with a number of youngsters set to start.
Conor Bradley, James Balagizi, Tyler Morton, Mateusz Musialowski and Kaide Gordon were all left out of the side.
The latter two in particular should excite Reds fans, with Gordon making his debut as a 16-year-old this season and Musialowski making plenty of noise for the reserves.
Bradley and Morton also impressed against Norwich City in the third round, so should not be overly intimidated by the occasion.
All five stars are 18 or younger, so it will be a huge opportunity to impress if their absence from the Premier League 2 squad proves to be telling.
As Liverpool went without a trophy last campaign, a route into the last eight could provide a great chance to get their hands on some silverware this term.
Premier League big-hitters like Chelsea and Manchester City are still in contention, so a bumper tie could lie in wait for the next round.
Back in September, Klopp was full of praise for the academy products who appeared against the Canaries.
“He [Gordon] is good. A lot of things to improve, a lot of things to settle, a lot of things to learn but there’s a lot of things already there,” he said.
“We are really happy to have him around and we will treat him carefully, let me say it like this. But I am really happy that he is here, he is a big talent.
“But Conor Bradley, the first Northern Irish player since 1954, if somebody would have told me that before then I would have brought him probably earlier! But he played a super game and Tyler [Morton] really as well, I have to say.
“I am really happy for the boys. It was a big one for all three.”
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