Jurgen Klopp made nine changes in what was an experimental line-up, confirming that he’s not taking the League Cup seriously.
However his early celebration demonstrated that even this competition won’t tone down his emotions, as Nathaniel Clyne put Liverpool ahead of Bournemouth in the 17th minute.
It was a rare start for Joao Teixera, who thought he scored from a cool back-heeled shot that was cleared off the line, before Clyne pounced onto the rebound and fired into the net.
A day ago Liverpool received more disappointment that Christian Benteke would be ruled out due to a knee injury, adding to the club’s woes with strikers Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings also out injured. Roberto Firmino will have to step up and he’s beginning to show glimpses of his ability as he’s gaining fitness.
The biggest problem in the first half was the injury of Kolo Toure, which will cause problems since defender Joe Gomez is out for the season already.
For the visitors, winger Junior Stanislas forced a good save from Adam Bogdan early on too. Firmino tried his luck with a dipping effort from 25 yards, which Bournemouth keeper Adam Federici tipped over the bar.
Bournemouth had a few moments, but once Lucas Leiva came on for youngster Brannagan, with just under half an hour to go, the Brazilian placed Liverpool in control with his possession. Firmino was still looking for his first goal and the nerves resulted in him snatching at chances.
Jordon Ibe made some good moves with another debutant Randall, but Divock Origi just didn’t spearhead the attack effectively. The bright spot for the hosts was the performance of Teixera, who promises to be a bright spark for the future.
South African striker Tokelo Rantie came on for the last 12 minutes, but it was too late for the visitors to be more adventurous. Rantie made some space for himself outside the box and provided a rare moment of thrust for them. However his shot from outside the box, fizzed over the bar.
Liverpool were a little nervous because of their sequence of 1-1 draws, but they held on. Bogdan was also one of the better players on the night.