Preston North End take on Liverpool in the Carabao Cup tonight, and there are many players with strong links to both clubs.

Everybody will think of Mark Lawrenson and Bill Shankly, who are considered legends at both clubs.

In more recent times, Neil Mellor scored Champions League goals for Liverpool before joining Preston and Ben Davies left North End for Anfield in January.

Tonight’s game even has the strange case of a Liverpool player featuring for Preston with loanee Sepp van den Berg likely to start.

What about a few players you may have forgotten that turned out for both teams?



Erik Meijer

We’re going back a little bit here, but striker Meijer joined Preston on loan from Liverpool back in 2000.

The Dutch attacker has previously turned out for the likes of PSV Eindhoven and Bayer Leverkusen, but struggled for goals at Liverpool with just one in 24 outings.

Preston swooped to sign Meijer on loan under David Moyes, signing for a month before having his loan extended.

Meijer failed to score in a Preston shirt and ended up in Germany with Hamburg and Alemannia Aachen, where he later became sporting director.

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David Amoo

Winger Amoo joined the Liverpool ranks from Millwall in 2007, and ended up making one first-team appearance for the club.

A speedy winger who ended up impressing on loan at Bury, Amoo signed for Preston in 2012.

North End secured Amoo on a free transfer, with fans excited having seen him cause Preston problems at Bury.

Amoo managed just 24 appearances for Preston, scoring only one goal.

Amoo didn’t even last a year at Preston as his contract was terminated in January 2013, allowing him to join Tranmere Rovers.

Since then, Amoo has turned out for Carlisle United, Partick Thistle, Cambridge United and Port Vale.

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Chris Kirkland

Goalkeeper Kirkland was touted as a hot prospect at Coventry City, with Liverpool swooping to land him in 2001.

Kirkland became an England international but managed just 45 appearances for the Reds.

Come 2015, Kirkland joined Preston on a free transfer as experienced cover for Jordan Pickford.

Kirkland played six times for Preston but never played a senior game after his 2016 exit, hanging up his boots after a brief spell at Bury.

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