EFL Cup 2016-17: Derby County 0-3 Liverpool - 5 talking points
- Liverpool continued their great form by easily dispatching the Championship side.
This was Liverpool’s sixth away game this season and the Anfield side were business like from the first whistle. The Reds made several changes (seven to be precise) to the side which won at Stamford Bridge and were rewarded with goals from centre-back Ragnar Klavan, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi. The only objection that Klopp might have from this display were the bookings picked up by Alberto Moreno and Marko Grujic.
Derby was outplayed for the entirety of the game and only saves from young goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell were responsible for keeping the score-line to a respectable margin.
#1 Brazillian duo mesmerise the Rams
Roberto Firmino may have missed out on the Friday win, but here the Brazilian was back to his thrilling best. Combining with Coutinho, he tormented the Derby defence and the icing on his display was the exquisite pass to pick out his fellow Brazilian for the goal, which extended Liverpool’s lead.
The second goal may have been initiated by Coutinho, but it was Firmino’s pass which pierced the defence, a pass almost similar to the goal at the Etihad last season.
His constant tormenting of the defenders down the right side of Derby’s defence didn’t make for pleasant viewing for the home side but was enthralling for other viewers. His victims, Richard Keogh and Cyrus Christie, often struggled to stand their ground as Firmino made merry.
The only solace for the Derby defenders is that Firmino didn’t get on the score-sheet himself.