Preston v Liverpool: Keita injury boost for rampant Reds
Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders says Naby Keita will be back in action soon after coming off during Sunday's 5-0 Premier League win at Manchester United.
Mixed injury news in midfield
While Keita is expected to recover swiftly from a bruised leg, veteran James Milner faces a longer spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in the win over United.
There is good news on the injury front for another couple of midfielders as Brazil international Fabinho could be back in the squad for Saturday's league fixture at home to Brighton and Thiago Alcantara is poised to return to full training.
However, Ireland goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is likely to miss the cup trip to Preston due to illness.
Away day excitement
Liverpool's stunning win at Old Trafford extended their record of scoring at least three times in every away fixture this season. Their last four away trips yielded wins at Porto (5-1), Watford (5-0), Atletico Madrid (3-2) and United (5-0) so Championship club Preston face a tough task on Wednesday.
Assistant manager Lijnders told the club's official website: "Naby has a bruise, we assess it day by day. It's looking good. [Milner] felt something wasn't right in his hamstring, a little bit tight. This [injury] will be until the international break for sure, so it's a long one.
"Fabinho can make the game on Saturday hopefully. Then we have Thiago as well, who is closer to team training than ever. Probably Brighton comes too early but it's good that he is back, especially in the situation we are in."