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Liverpool player ratings vs MK Dons in Carabao Cup

'Very, very encouraging - Liverpool player ratings vs MK Dons in Carabao Cup

Ian Doyle runs the rule over Liverpool's performance in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons as Harvey Elliott and James Milner star

By Ian Doyle Chief Liverpool writer
12:25, 25 SEP 2019Updated12:27, 26 SEP 2019

Caoimhin Kelleher 7
Showed sufficient confidence with the ball at his feet, but fortunate not to have adjudged handling outside the area. Made a remarkable close-range save from Bowery late on to preserve his clean sheet.

Ki-Jana Hoever 7
A regular outlet down the right during the first quarter until the hosts began closing the door. Defensively did his bit and then headed home the second at the far post for a goal on his debut – Liverpool 's fourth-youngest goalscorer. 

Joe Gomez 8
Enjoyed the chance to test his pace and positioning against the MK Dons forward line. Demonstrated he's ready when needed. Decent.

Dejan Lovren 6
Hesitancy coughed up a chance for MK Dons early on and hugely rusty given further misjudgements first half. Did well to stop Nombe after break and gradually improved, clearing one effort off the line.

James Milner 9 
More left-wing than left-back and provided some decent crosses, notably for Hoever to score the second. His piledriver was too hot for Moore for the opener. Skipper led by example.

Adam Lallana 7
Grappled for a while with the number six role but grew into the game before the break. Kept possession well.

Naby Keita 6
The lack of conviction in his play underlined the fact this was a first competitive outing in almost five months. Minutes will do him a world of good, though. Subbed.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6
One or two trademark bursts aside, the midfielder was far too often on the periphery. Hit a post, but strangely subdued and then replaced.

Harvey Elliott 9 
Guilty of a remarkable miss early on but overall his play was imaginative, creative and, most crucially, with an end product. Struck the side-netting second half. Very, very encouraging.

Rhian Brewster 6
Finally making his senior bow, fell over early on and wasn't sufficiently involved, although nearly on the end of a teasing cross from Milner.

Curtis Jones 8
Showed purpose and power down the left flank and had the beating of his marker. Tested MK Dons goalkeeper Moore with a couple of shots. Promising.

Pedro Chirivella (for Keita 63) 6
His first Liverpool appearance since May 2016.

Herbie Kane (for Oxlade-Chamberlain 82) 
Nearly clean through with almost his first touch on his Reds debut.

Sepp van den Berg (for Hoever 90)
A bow for the summer signing.

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