Liverpool advanced to their third straight EFL Cup quarter final - and their second under Jürgen Klopp - with a win over Tottenham Hotspur Tuesday night. Making eleven changes from the weekend, the team was a jumble of second-stringers, youngsters and veterans, spearheaded by recently out-of-favour striker Daniel Sturridge, who made a statement with a brace of goals, becoming the match-winner in the process.
Speaking after the game, the Reds manager was pleased with all his performers, both young and old:
"[Sturridge] was brilliant, he could have scored three or four, but was really good.”
“[The teenagers] were really good, Trent had a wonderful start, Ovie… they can play better but with pressure and completely new circumstances – it was good.
“It was was what I expected. We lost a bit of concentration on one or two moments, we brought those moments ourselves with passing.
"But very positive, deserved to win, big number of chances, wonderful goalkeeper, it was entertaining."
Entertaining indeed, as the Reds once again let a seemingly beaten opponent back into the match when two goals up, setting up a frantic and unnecessarily exciting end to the game. This could have been written off as youthful naiveté and lack of experience had it not been an exact replica of what the first choice players contrived to do against West Bromwich three days ago.
We all enjoy the entertainment, Jürgen, and nobody is complaining about a 10-game unbeaten streak, but I'm sure more than a few of us would appreciate a nice, boring 3-0 win again soon.