Liverpool will now fancy their chances of winning the League Cup for the first time in nine years, but had to overcome a poor start to win 2-0 at Preston.
The Reds had scored 30 goals in eight previous away games this season, but a much-changed side from Jurgen Klopp failed to hit the heights of Sunday’s famous 5-0 win at Manchester United.
Liverpool’s side featured many youngsters as well as English internationals Joe Gomez and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Harvey Blair made his first senior appearanceand Tyler Morton made his full debut for the ‘Reds’.
Preston had by far the better of the first-half as Adrian made a point-blank save from Sean Maguire, Neco Williams cleared off the line and Brad Potts fired over within a matter of seconds.
Liverpool were clinical as they went in front with their first shot on target just after the hour mark as Williams’ cross was acrobatically flicked home by Takumi Minamino.
Klopp’s men then controlled the final half hour and doubled their lead in spectacular fashion when Divock Origi’s backheel dinked the ball over Delcan Rudd.