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Preview: Liverpool

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Carabao Cup tie...

25 September 2019

MK Dons welcome the reigning UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool to Stadium MK this evening for their eagerly-anticipated Carabao Cup Round Three tie.

Over 29,000 supporters are set to turn out to watch Paul Tisdale and his side go head-to-head with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, who currently lead the way at the top of the Premier League with a 100 percent record.

The Dons, who have lost their last two matches, have been in good form in this season’s Carabao Cup, scoring six goals to secure their place in this round.

They also have history of causing upsets in this competition – Norwich City, on two occasions, Blackpool, Blackburn and, of course, Manchester United are amongst those who have been upset by the Dons in the Carabao Cup.

Can Tisdale’s 2019/20 squad add the Champions of Europe to their list?

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Liverpool arrive in Milton Keynes boasting a 100 percent in the Premier League and with only defeat to their name in all competitions – a 2-0 reverse at Napoli in the opening game of their UEFA Champions League trophy defence.

The Reds scored 22 goals in their first nine games of the 2019/20 season, with Sadio Mane currently leading the way on six and Mohamed Salah just two finishes behind on four. At the back, Liverpool are led by defender Virgil van Dijk, who finished as a runner-up to The Best FIFA Men’s Player honour at Monday’s awards night.

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It remains to be seen whether Jürgen Klopp, who received The Best FIFA Men’s Coach Award for 2019 at the same ceremony, will include any of the above in his side for the trip to Stadium MK.

Nevertheless, Liverpool’s side is sure to include some household names – all of whom will want to help the Reds on their way to a ninth Carabao Cup success. The Merseyside outift are already the competitions most successful club.

LAST TIME OUT
Charlie Kelman's fifth-minute finish proved to be the difference as MK Dons were beaten 1-0 by Southend United at Stadium MK.

Kelman struck early in the Sky Bet League One contest and despite a dominant display thereafter from Paul Tisdale's men, they weren't able to salvage a result.

Liverpool maintained their 100 percent record in the Premier Leage with a 2-1 win away at Chelsea.

Trent Alexander-Arnold's magnificent free-kick and Roberto Firmino's header secured the victory for Jürgen Klopp's side, despite N'Golo Kante's superb strike with 19 minutes to play.

FIGHTING TALK
Paul Tisdale: “It's an occasion and an opportunity to play in front of 29,000 fans, in your stadium against the European champions – let’s just enjoy it. I feel excited.

“This is not win at all costs. It would be marvellous if we did, but we're not planning or expecting it to happen. We'd like it to, and who knows, but let's just go and give it our best shot. We've got nothing to lose.”

Pepijn Lijnders: “We want to attack this cup, we want to attack [today’s] game, we will put a team in place that, for me, is a Premier League team. The players feel this responsibility as well a highly-motivated team plays against us and the players feel this responsibility, so they really look forward to it, I really look forward to it.

“It’s another opportunity to put our identity in place and show our passion. We prepare for the game in the same way we prepared for Chelsea, with the same access, probably even more detail, but with the same hunger to win it.”

TEAM NEWS
MK Dons have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this evening’s Carabao Cup tie at Stadium MK but aren’t likely to have any of their sidelined players back.

Ben Reeves, Baily Cargill and Jordan Moore-Taylor are all progressing well but the visit of Liverpool will come to soon for the trio. Rhys Healey and Joe Mason remain long-term absentees.

Liverpool will be without Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Alisson Becker, assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders confirming their absence.

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Naby Keita (pictured above) is in contention to play for the Reds, who could hand debuts to youngsters Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin Kelleher at Stadium MK.

OFFICIALS
Oliver Langford will take charge of tonight’s Carabao Cup tie, refereeing the Dons for the first time since August 2016 when he oversaw the 3-2 victory over Newport County in the same competition.

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The West Midlands official has umpired eight matches so far this season, including one Premier League appointment. He has produced 35 yellow cards but only made one dismissal. He hasn’t awarded a penalty.

His assistant referees are Akil Howson and Steven Meredith while the fourth official is Ben Toner.

HEAD TO HEAD
No previous meetings

SKY BET ODDS
Dons win*: 12/1
Draw: 11/2
Liverpool win*: 2/11

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

*Win after 90 minutes

ELSEWHERE IN THE CARABAO CUP
Man Utd v Rochdale
Brighton & Hove Albion v Aston Villa
Burton Albion v AFC Bournemouth
Chelsea v Grimsby Town
Oxford United v West Ham United
Sheffield United v Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanders v Reading

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Tickets for Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie with Liverpool have SOLD OUT. No more tickets are available to buy.

Supporters can watch the match live on Sky Sports while iFollow MK Dons will have live commentary - click HERE to listen for just £2.50!

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 6pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available at 1am on Thursday morning.

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Match Reports

Report: MK Dons 0-2 Liverpool

Milner and Hoever on target for Reds...

25 September 2019

MK Dons bowed out of the Carabao Cup courtesy of a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, which came despite a spirited performance against the Premier League leaders in front of a Club-record crowd at Stadium MK.

A total of 28,521 supporters turned out to watch the Dons take on Jurgen Klopp’s UEFA Champions League winning Reds, who took the lead late in the first half through a long-range strike from James Milner.

Milner then set up the second for Liverpool with 20 minutes to play, delivering a cross for Ki-Jana Hoever to head past Stuart Moore.

The Dons had chances to get on the scoreboard and it would have been nothing less than their performance deserved, but Tisdale’s men still left the pitch at full-time with their heads held high.

Boss Tisdale made five changes for the visit of Liverpool, with Stuart Moore, Alex Gilbey, Jordan Bowery, Brennan Dickenson and Callum Brittain all coming into the starting XI.

Liverpool started bright but both Walsh and Poole did well to deal with two balls into the area. The Dons also got in behind inside the opening five minutes, although Bowery did so illegally, as he was offside.

Tisdale’s men then had a fantastic opportunity to take the lead on 11 minutes after some terrific work by Sam Nombe down the right. The young striker got away from Dejan Lovren but slipped at the crucial moment. He managed to regain his footing and tee up Conor McGrandles, who lifted a first-time shot over the bar.

Harvey Elliott had an even better chance for Liverpool moments later. He was picked out by James Milner, following a run down the left, but somehow struck the underside of the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

Moore was forced into his first save a quarter of an hour in. He did well to get down to his right and palm away a low strike from Curtis Jones.

With 20 minutes played, an over-hit David Kasumu cross caused a moment of panic for Caoimhin Kelleher, who managed to back track in time to gather the goal-bound delivery. At the other end, Milner shaved the post with a header from Ellliott’s cross.

Gilbey then went agonisingly close with a first-time effort from a Bowery set up before Moore gathered a curling attempt from Jones.

He couldn’t, however, keep out the next effort from Liverpool, as he failed to deal with Milner’s long-range effort which found its way into the net with four minutes to play in the half. 0-1.

Tisdale made one change at the break, replacing Dickenson with the experienced Russell Martin. He watched on as Joe Gomez sent an early strike high above the crossbar from 20 yards out.

Martin thought he’d set up the equaliser on the hour mark but his header was deflected onto the post by Bowery. Stadium MK was on its feet as the ball trickled past Kelleher but towards the upright rather than the net.

A well-placed Elliott blazed over for the Reds four minutes later, before Ki-Jana Hoever doubled the visitors lead on 69 minutes with a bullet far-post header from Milner’s cross. 0-2.

Bowery almost produced an instant response but his fierce right-footed drive was kept out well by Kelleher. The striker headed over from the resulting corner.

On 75 minutes, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck the outside of the post with a rasping drive from distance. MK Dons countered but Nombe, who beat Jones in the left corner, saw his cross to Bowery intercepted.

Bowery came within a whisker of pulling a goal back with the Dons’ next chance but saw his header, from Boateng’s cross, kept out at point-blank range by Kelleher. He then had a try blocked after some good work by Nombe down the left.

The opportunities kept coming for Tisdale and his side, with Williams the next to threaten – his hooked volley somehow blocked on its way through to goal by Lovren. A moment of brilliance from Brittain then almost led to a goal but he fired over after leaving Milner on the floor.

Spurred on by the home crowd, the Dons huffed and puffed in the closing stages but couldn't find a way to reduce the deficit. Nevertheless, a memorable night for the Football Club - and a performance to match.

MK Dons: Moore, Williams, Walsh, Poole, Gilbey (Boateng 72), Bowery, Dickenson (Martin 46), McGrandles, Brittain, Nombe, Kasumu (Houghton 61).

Unused subs: Nicholls, Lewington, Agard, Harley.

Liverpool: Kelleher, Lovren, Milner, Keita (Chirivella 63), Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Kane 82), Lallana, Brewster, Jones, Hoever (van den Berg 90+1), Elliottt.

Unused subs: Lonergan, Lewis, Longstaff, Clarkson.

Goals: Milner (41), Hoever (69)

Referee: O Langford

Attendance: 28,521 (6,692 away)

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