Liverpool progressed to the third round of the English Football League Cup last night with a dominant display over Derby County.
How good were the Reds last night? Aside from some sloppiness from Marko Grujic and Emre Can, who made first appearances and returns respectively, 3-0 is a scoreline that reflects the dominance that Liverpool exerted over their hosts at the iPro Stadium.
At times, the passing in the final third was breathtaking and cried out to be finished out with a goal. Coutinho and Firmino were the main instigators with their silky touches and feints too much for the Championship side to deal with.
Aside, from the mistake from Derby on a corner that allowed Ragnar Klavan to score, the Rams held their own defensively for the first 45 minutes. In a 10 minute period of assertion in the second half, however, Liverpool broke their resolve and scored their second and third of the night to win the game.
Loris Karius and Marko Grujic made their competitive debuts for Liverpool while Ovie Ejaria came on to make his professional debut in a continuation of his rise to prominence on Merseyside.