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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: MK Dons 0-2 Liverpool

While far from perfect, tonight's cup tie gave Jurgen Klopp some things to think about. Namely, how soon before Harvey Elliott can be blooded in Premier or Champions League action?

The youngster was incredible tonight, hitting the woodwork twice and generally looking like a senior player in his prime but with all the youthful exuberance of a 16 year old.

Elsewhere, James Milner did as good a job as always, whilst Kelleher, Lallana, Keita and Curtis Jones all showed Jurgen Klopp that there are viable options at all age levels.

MK Dons gave a good account of themselves and, unlike other sides in this round, looked like a team that wanted to go through against superior opposition.

Liverpool held firm under a bit of pressure half way through the second half though and it was a successful cup tie for a change. What more can the boss ask for?

Caoimhín Kelleher - Had a very nervy and uncertain opening hour but made two incredible saves in the second half and grew into the final third of the game impressively. 7

Ki-Jana Hoever - Struggled at right back, which clearly isn't his best position, and then popped up out of nowhere with the second goal. What a bloody header. 6

Joe Gomez - Was quiet first half, as MK Dons barely had a touch in our half but was quite poor in the second and was bailed out by Lovren and Milner more than once. Not a threat to Matip at the present. 6

Dejan Lovren - Unlike Gomez, was poor first half but grew into the second and looked to be relishing the scrappy challenge of the League One side. Made a couple of good tackles and a great header off the line with 15 minutes remaining. 7

James Milner - A goal, a goal-saving challenge and marshalling a defence and midfield from left-back, whilst captaining the team and ensuring the youngsters were guided through the game. His use in firs-team games may wane as the season wears on but his important to the club still cannot be understated. 8

Adam Lallana - Like a few of his team mates, he warmed into the game after a dodgy half hour and was full of youthful running, and tidy passing in the second half. Managed the game well and rarely gave the ball away. Class professional again. 7

Naby Keita - A solid return for the 24 year old as he worked his way back to fitness, completing an hour. Did a good job, look tidy and made some nice runs. Looks ready for a return to the first-team bench, at least, as we'll need him this coming month. 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - A good second half effort aside, looked to be spending most of his time trying to get a shot off on his right foot. Looked more like he was trying to impress than many of the youngsters but after so long out, it's more minutes under his belt. 6

Curtis Jones - A good run out for Jones but was too keen to shoot in the first half. Was afforded as much time or space in the second but was always taking up clever positions and presented an outlet and a threat. Needs to work on his decision making though. 7

Harvey Elliott - He may not have scored, and could've done on a couple of occasions (hitting the bar twice), but looked an incredible prospect. He barely gave the ball away, if at all, and always made something happen when he had possession. If this is what he can do at 16, imagine how good he'll be at 17. It's frightening to think how good he can be. 8 Man of the Match

Rhian Brewster - Rusty. Very, very rusty. The chances just wouldn't come though, regardless of his personal display. It's a run out though, and that's what matters right now. 5


Pedro Chirivella - Did little wrong but came on when the game was over. Good 20 minutes for him. 6

Herbie Kane - Made a nice run on the break but had no support. Neat and tidy. 6

Sepp van den Berg - On for less than 3 minutes. NA




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