Jurgen Klopp says the upcoming international break is an ideal time for Liverpool's youngsters to catch his eye ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The Reds beat Preston North End 2-0 at Deepdale on Wednesday night to secure a place in the last eight of the competition, with goals from Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi doing the damage to the hosts.

Klopp made 11 changes for the game and handed senior debuts to both Tyler Morton and 18-year-old Harvey Blair before bringing on Owen Beck, Conor Bradley and Elijah Dixon-Bonner in the second period.

Assistant boss Pep Lijnders spoke on Tuesday about how the international breaks are the ideal chance for Klopp and his staff to view the emerging talent in the Academy ranks up close.

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November's gap in the fixture list gives the Kirkby youngsters an opportunity to stake a claim ahead of the quarter-finals, Klopp said.

Klopp said: "Elijah did exactly that in the last international break, he was absolutely incredible.

"He's been at the club for some time already but was not really on the radar and all of a sudden he is here and he deserved his minutes tonight.

"For a young boy it is a massive thing to play your first game for the first team.

"So I am really happy for him to give him the opportunity. There is always a spot for these young players.

"Going back to the pre-season some impressed a lot, like Conor did and yes it is good to have them.

"The problem is the international break means some of them are already on tour with their national teams so they cannot train with us, but the others can and that is good.

"I've no idea about the team [for the next round], it will depend on the situation.

"I don't think we could have lined up completely differently tonight.

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"Obviously Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino were here but it was not really the plan to bring them, we wanted to get through it without them.

"So we shall see, I really don't make these decisions two or three weeks before the game."

The Reds boss also explained the thinking behind the decision to substitute Joel Matip at half time at Deepdale, confirming there is no injury concern over the in-form centre-back.

"Nat Phillips played really well but Joel is not injured," he added.

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"We just wanted to keep the rhythm and it was always the plan to bring Nat on because we just have to let him out.

"So we could see that he is a top-class centre-half tonight.

"Conor Bradley is a really talented player with real heart and he is smart but for Harvey it was not easy tonight in the first half because we didn't play.

"It was not a striker's game and you can see all the things that can happen but we saw when Neco Williams played a bit higher, we had more targets."

Liverpool will discover their opponents for the last eight on Saturday, with the draw set to be made on Sky Sports' Soccer AM.