Burton Albion 0-5 Liverpool

24 Aug

Roberto Firmino scores


Roberto Firmino scores Liverpool’s second after an initial mistake by Burton keeper Stephen Bywater

A strong Liverpool side overwhelmed Championship outfit Burton Albion to reach the EFL Cup third round.

The Reds led in the 15th minute when Divock Origi flicked in from close range before Roberto Firmino made it 2-0, heading in Nathaniel Clyne’s cross.

Origi also went close when his low shot was saved by Stephen Bywater.

Tom Naylor inadvertently put the ball in his own net after the break before Daniel Sturridge tapped in his first and then thumped home the Reds’ fifth.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made only four changes from the XI that started in the 2-0 league defeat at Burnley on Saturday.

The quality of the visiting team was soon apparent at the Pirelli Stadium against a Burton side who have had a mixed start to their first ever season in the Championship.

After Liverpool’s Belgian forward Origi cleverly profited from tricky work in the box from Sadio Mane, Brazilian Firmino doubled the lead following a terrible throw-out from goalkeeper Bywater.

It was 3-0 just after the hour when the unfortunate Naylor had little time to react as James Milner’s ball came towards him at pace.

And substitute Sturridge then grabbed a late double, converting at the far post from Milner’s pass before firing in low from 15 yards.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “There were still a few situations where we were missing a bit of sharpness but the main problem was, it was unbelievable, our build-up and style of play at Burnley – one more pass but 15 times we are completely free in the box.

“So we needed to use this game and that’s what we did and it was better.”

Burton manager Nigel Clough: “It’s difficult for our lads to compete with that sort of quality. With this being 72 hours before the Derby game, our focus was always with that one.

“When you think we finished with a couple of teenagers and a 20- or 21-year-old, you could train with them for a couple of seasons and not gain the experience they’ve got tonight.”

Live Text

Divock Origi went off injured after Liverpool had used all subs.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Stewart.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Divock Origi (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Goal! Burton Albion 0, Liverpool 5. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Goal! Burton Albion 0, Liverpool 4. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Milner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin Stewart.

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Liverpool).

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Ben Fox (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross following a corner.

Substitution, Liverpool. Kevin Stewart replaces Emre Can because of an injury.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Stephen Bywater.

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Emre Can (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Divock Origi is caught offside.

Substitution, Burton Albion. Ben Fox replaces Lloyd Dyer.

Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Myers-Harness replaces Lucas Akins.

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Roberto Firmino.

Substitution, Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Adam Lallana.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matthew Palmer.

Own Goal by Tom Naylor, Burton Albion. Burton Albion 0, Liverpool 3.

Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Matthew Palmer.

Lee Williamson (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Williamson (Burton Albion).

Hamza Choudhury (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Foul by Divock Origi (Liverpool).

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Liverpool. Sadio Mané tries a through ball, but Divock Origi is caught offside.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Offside, Liverpool. Emre Can tries a through ball, but Nathaniel Clyne is caught offside.

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Liverpool 2.

Substitution, Burton Albion. Matthew Palmer replaces Jackson Irvine.

First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Liverpool 2.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Beavon.

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