Influential 20-year-old: 3 best Liverpool players vs Preston North End
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Influential 20-year-old: 3 best Liverpool players vs Preston North End

Liverpool beat Preston North End 2-0 on Wednesday evening at Deepdale. Here are our picks for the Reds’ three best players on the night.

Neco Williams

Williams started this one at right-back over Conor Bradley. His first half was decent. The most notable moment was a block on the line, while he consistently got forward from full-back.

Given how disappointing so many were tonight, that might have been enough to make this list. Williams firmly put his mark on the game in the second half, though.

The Welshman moved to the right-wing after Harvey Blair went off for Bradley. It didn’t take him long to show off his ability there, either, making a great run in behind and creating the opening goal for Takumi Minamino.

He also did the work that led to Divock Origi’s crazy finish late on. The 20-year-old was as threatening as any Liverpool player against Preston.

Williams is in a tough spot as a right-back behind Trent Alexander-Arnold. It’s enough that we’ve questioned his future here as, reportedly, has Williams himself.

He reminded everyone of his potential tonight, though.

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Divock Origi

Origi did virtually nothing for 83 minutes. He then scored a fantastic finish to make it 2-0 and created a golden chance for Williams.

But that’s just Origi. He’s capable of doing fantastic things and capable of offering very little. We saw both sides of that at Deepdale.

It is enough to earn more gametime? We’re not sure it is. But Origi certainly stood out in this game by the end of it.

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If little else, it was a reminder that Origi can pop up with what you need. Not everyone can offer that.

Tyler Morton

Morton got his first start for Liverpool here and that turned into his first 90 minutes. The teenager stepped into the holding role and kept things very solid throughout.

His passing was neat and tidy – exactly what Liverpool needed. He also opened Preston up for the first goal, producing a wonderful long-ball in behind for Williams to use.

This was a very good showing, then. We’d like to see more of Morton and perhaps the next round can provide us just that.

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