Preston 0-2 Liverpool: Player ratings

Liverpool secured their place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night despite some nervy moments against Preston North End at Deepdale.

While the visitors predictably dominated possession, the Lilywhites had by far and away the best chances of the first half, all within a frantic three-minute spell.

First, Brad Potts was played through near the halfway line 25 minutes in as Liverpool played a high line, but he seemed to run out of steam as he bore down on goal with Joe Gomez in pursuit, taking his shot early and seeing it pushed up and wide by Adrian.

The Spaniard was called into action again three minutes later, denying Sean Maguire from just six yards out. The rebound was fired back at goal but blocked brilliantly on the line by Neco Williams, before Potts hoofed a second rebound over.

Liverpool snatched the lead shortly after the hour mark, with Takumi Minamino finding the corner with a cute finish after good work from Williams.

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