Liverpool 3-0 Exeter: Reds’ kids impress

Ojo scored a classy goal when he came on

Ojo scored a classy goal when he came on

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp surprisingly chose mainly a second string line-up for this replay with Exeter at Anfield.

They drew 2-2 away from home, using mostly kids from the junior teams of Liverpool for the first game. Then there were more injuries, but Klopp decided to do the same as Liverpool needs to contend with the fixture pile-up.

They took the lead after just 10 minutes when Christian Benteke fed the ball through to Brad Smith, who reached the byline and pulled a pass back for Joe Allen to slot in a simple finish from close range.

Benteke had failed to adequately connect with one half-chance before that goal went in, and the majority of first-half chances continued to fall to the Belgian. The best of those came in the 19th minute when Teixeira stood the ball up into the area for Benteke, but he planted his header narrowly over the crossbar when he should have done better.

Ibe, meanwhile, forced a pair of saves out of Bobby Olejnik with shots from outside the area before Cameron Brannagan was also denied by the Exeter goalkeeper after having a go from distance.

Flanagan’s introduction early in the second half delighted the home fans and the Anfield faithful were on their feet again when Ibe’s left-footed drive struck the crossbar and bounced down, but the whole ball did not cross the line. Though, replays should that it could have, but the angle of the camera wasn’t conclusive.

Teenage winger Ojo finally put the game to bed when he was given too much room to pick his spot superbly from the right-hand side of the penalty area.

Good work from Benteke then set up the chance for Teixeira to score in front of the Kop for the third.

However Benteke should’ve scored at the end when he rounded the keeper, but his poor touch took the ball away for a poor angle to shoot.