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5 Liverpool players we want to see vs PNE - including 18-year-old magician

Here are five Liverpool players we’re hoping feature against PNE today. Preston North End are the Reds’ hosts in the EFL Cup Fourth Round.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Oxlade-Chamberlain is in a tough spot at Liverpool. He’s got several players ahead of him in the pecking order, some far younger than him.

Those youngsters will only improve, too, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain must take every chance he gets. He certainly did that against Atletico Madrid last week.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cameo was fantastic – he won tackles, threatened goal, and injected energy into the side. He got on against Manchester United, too, but the game was pretty dead by then.

So we’re excited to see if he can continue his form from the start today. If he does, there could be a golden opportunity to face Brighton at the weekend.

Tyler Morton

Morton made his Liverpool debut in the previous round, coming on at half-time. He played the holding role against Norwich City and looked very impressive.

With Fabinho out and Jordan Henderson surely not featuring, Morton might get a chance from the start here. It would be the biggest game of the 18-year-old’s young career.

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And after seeing how comfortable and smart he looked against Premier League opposition, we’d love to see Morton get a full 90 minutes here. The Under 23s captain could make a real statement that he’s a genuine senior option.

James Balagizi

Balagizi wasn’t in the Liverpool U23s squad for Monday – a suggestion that he could feature against PNE. It’s a move that makes sense.

Liverpool are quite short in midfield, with Balagizi offering a genuine option. He’s capable of playing as both a centre-midfielder and an attacking midfielder – perfect for what the Reds will want to do at Deepdale.

Starting both him and Morton might be a little risky. We’d back Balagizi to come off the bench, though, potentially for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The 18-year-old is a very promising prospect and this is a chance to make a name for himself.

Divock Origi

Origi is almost certainly playing this one – and it would be his first game for a while. In fact, the Belgian has only played two minutes since the last round.

But Origi’s last two starts have both been impressive. He looked really good against AC Milan, registering an assist, while his two goals against Norwich fired the Reds into the Fourth Round.

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And with Pep Lijnders talking him up ahead of this one, we’d like to see what kind of shape he’s in.

Mateusz Musialowski

If Kaide Gordon is the golden boy in Liverpool’s youth system right now, Musialowski must be the no.2. There is plenty of hype around this 18-year-old magician.

Musialowski really shone for the Under 18s last season after joining a year ago. He was instrumental in Liverpool making the Youth Cup final, earning him a place with the Under 23s this season.

Like Morton and Balagizi, though, he wasn’t in the squad for Monday’s game. If we do see him tonight, we’ll be getting our first senior glimpse at one of the club’s most exciting young talents.

We can’t wait.

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