Jurgen Klopp started five kids in Carabao Cup win - Daily Mail rating

Caoimhin Kelleher, Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster handed Liverpool debuts

Curtis Jones and Ki-Jana Hoever made just their second senior appearances

All five impressed as Reds saw off MK Dons to reach Carabao Cup fourth-round

Herbie Kane and summer signing Sepp van den Berg also came off the bench 


In the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Co, Liverpool's kids looked alright on the night as they eased past MK Dons.

Jurgen Klopp handed debuts to goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster, while Ki-Jana Hoever and Curtis Jones made just their second senior appearances for the club.

Here Sportsmail rates how the quintet fared in Wednesday night's Carabao Cup third-round clash at Stadium MK...

Caoimhin Kelleher

The third-choice goalkeeper played an important part. Showed signs of confidence with the ball at his feet as Liverpool played it out from the back. Didn't have too much to do in the first half as MK Dons' attackers fluffed their lines in front of goal.

But he excelled when called upon late on. A firm save denied Jordan Bowery a goal from range and he denied again moments later with a point-blank save. Fully justified Klopp's decision to play him ahead of the more experienced Andy Lonergan.

Chance of become a first-team regular - 6/10

Ki-Jana Hoever

Impressed on debut at Wolves in January but looked less comfortable here. Struggled with the pace and physicality of his opposite marker and looked sloppy on the ball at times. Crossing let him down when he got the chance to deliver in the final third.

But he showed great awareness to ghost into the box and power a James Milner cross into the back of the net for his first senior goal and give his side breathing space. At 17 he still has plenty of room to grow but the raw ingredients are there.

Chance of become a first-team regular - 8/10

Harvey Elliott

Liverpool's youngest ever starter looks a serious talent, showing bundles of confidence in a stylish display. Twice he was denied a deserved goal by the crossbar.

Though he contrived to smash a shot from inside the six-yard box against the woodwork in the 13th minute it did not faze him. He almost set up James Milner for the opener after some delightful close control and a clipped ball over the defence. Almost capped off his display with a goal but saw his clipped shot cannon off the bar late on.

Chance of become a first-team regular - 9/10

Rhian Brewster

Finally given the chance to impress after so much hype, it was not the easiest of nights for England's Under 17 World Cup hero.

Showed signs of his talent with some nice touches, including an early flick to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. But had to be patient, with much of the game played in midfield and precious little opportunity for him to stretch his legs.

He was inches away from flicking a Milner cross into the back of the net, but couldn't get into the game otherwise. His chance will come again.

Chance of become a first-team regular - 8/10

Curtis Jones

The local lad made his second start for the club and was handed the man of the match award by Sky Sports. A midfielder by trade, but found himself on the left-hand side of the front three here. Tidy in possession, constantly available and confident at taking the ball in tight areas, be it deep in his own half or the opposition's. Has a real chance at carving out a future squad role in the Liverpool midfield.

Chance of become a first-team regular - 7/10

SUBSTITUTES: Herbie Kane and Sepp van den Berg

Herbie Kane, no relation to Harry, came on for his debut in place of Oxlade-Chamberlain. The 20-year-old had little time to shine but got a few touches of the ball and made some nice passes.

The only money Liverpool spent in the summer was the £4.4m they paid PEC Zwolle for 17-year-old van den Berg.

He replaced countryman Hoever in added time and didn't even get to touch the ball.

Copyright - Daily Mail


We've got all the results from official games, appearance stats, goal stats and basically every conceivable statistic from 1892 to the present, every single line-up and substitutions!