Player Ratings: MK Dons 0 Liverpool 2

Milner (41’), Hoever (69’)


Liverpool took the kids to Milton Keynes for their first Carabao Cup tie. The XI that was fielded consisted of debutants, injury returnees and veteran James Milner.

Elliott went close early on, scooping one onto the crossbar, but it was James Milner who opened the scoring, with a long range effort being parried by the Dons goalkeeper into his own net.

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The second half saw MK Dons come into the game a bit more, but Ki-Jana Hoever’s header sealed the game for Liverpool. The Dons had a late flourish but the young Reds held out, with Caoimhin Kelleher producing a fine reaction save.

Up the Reds.

Caoimhin Kelleher- 9/10
Great performance from the youngster. Showed good ability with his feet and made a terrific point blank save. Mad how Alisson’s third choice, isn’t it?
Ki-Jana Hoever- 8/10
Thought he started off a bit nervously and didn’t bring his crossing boots but an assured performance, always an option down the right and got his goal with a great header.
Joe Gomez- 6/10
Wasn’t great to be honest. A very shaky end to the second half and completely failed to track his man for one of their chances which left Degsy with some last ditch tackling to do.
Dejan Lovren- 7/10
Got his howler out of the way early doors, which was nice. Other than that, did some good work sweeping up from Gomez and made a couple of important blocks. Nothing startling, but did alright.
James Milner- 9/10
Wonderful. Absolutely had their right back on toast, got a touch lucky with his goal but he deserved it. Went close when Elliott picked him out.
Adam Lallana- 7/10
Twitter will tell you otherwise but he was actually alright. Aside from one Cruyff turn into danger was tidy on the ball. Good for him to get minutes under the belt.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- 6/10
Don’t think his first touch is quite there just yet. Seemed to be marked pretty closely and out of the game, but did hit the post with a long range effort.
Naby Keïta- 6/10
Certainly didn’t look sharp yet but good for him to get minutes under the belt after a significant injury lay off.

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Harvey Elliott- 10/10
Was quite frankly sensational. 16 years of age and handled that game like a seasoned pro. Full of running and quick feet, unlucky not to notch a goal early on and when he cut inside and struck the bar I was already halfway to town.
Curtis Jones- 7/10
A lively performance. Wasn’t faultless by any means: his final decision making wasn’t great and I think he took the solo route too many times but I reckon that can be attributed to being eager to impress. Still, made a decent impression.
Rhian Brewster- 5/10
Think he was bad. This was his chance to really shine and I can’t recall him having a shot on goal. I appreciate this was only his first senior game but it was a pretty disappointing performance considering all the other youngsters grabbed their opportunities, especially as he’s currently our backup to Firmino.

Pedro Chirivella- 6/10
Can’t really remember him doing anything of note, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I really like him.
Herbie Kane- N/A
Came on and looked slow.
Sepp van den Berg- N/A
Ran on. Pretty sure he didn’t touch it.

The MK Dons Goalkeeper- 0/10
Parried one into his own net and booted three goal kicks out of play.

Haway mate.

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