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Burton 0-5 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp's Reds ease into EFL Cup third round

Published 23/08/2016

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the fifth goal with Saido Mane during the EFL Cup, Second Round match at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton. PA
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the fifth goal with Saido Mane during the EFL Cup, Second Round match at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton. PA
Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool scores his team's fifth goal during the EFL Cup second round match between Burton Albion and Liverpool at Pirelli Stadium on August 23, 2016 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates scoring Liverpool's fifth goal during the English League Cup second round football match between Burton Albion and Liverpool at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton-on-Trent, central England on August 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF
Liverpool's Emre Can (left) celebrates with Divock Origi (right) after an own goal by Burton Albion's Tom Naylor (not in picture) during the EFL Cup, Second Round match at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton. PA
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (right) celebrates his goal with James Milner during the EFL Cup, Second Round match at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 23, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Burton. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Jurgen Klopp took the first step towards guiding Liverpool to another EFL Cup final as the Reds comfortably won 5-0 against Burton.

Klopp took Liverpool to the final last season, losing to Manchester City on penalties, after succeeding Brendan Rodgers two months into the campaign and his team are on the Wembley trail again after negotiating a potentially tricky opening tie at the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton boss Nigel Clough, a former Reds striker, has a good record as a manager against Premier League opposition, claiming draws against Manchester United and Tottenham and beating Aston Villa, Fulham, West Ham, Southampton and QPR during his spells in charge of Albion and Sheffield United.

But another giant-killing never looked likely and two quick goals from Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino just before the midway point of the first half pretty much killed the game as a contest.

In the second half, Tom Naylor had the misfortune of scoring an own goal against the club he supported as a boy before substitute Daniel Sturridge netted a late double.

The size of the tasking facing Burton, a non-League club just seven years ago, was not lost on Clough pre-match. Now in the Sky Bet Championship after a rapid rise through the leagues, it was only Burton's 15th tie in the competition - by contrast Liverpool have been in 12 finals, winning eight.

Burton were on the back foot from the off. Origi latched on to Sadio Mane's through ball down the right side of the penalty area but shot straight at goalkeeper Stephen Bywater.

Mane was involved again shortly afterwards, starting a move which saw Adam Lallana's cross find Firmino but Bywater pushed his powerful header wide.

Bywater was busy again when he rushed out to block at the feet of Origi but he was beaten after 15 minutes and Mane was again the architect, showing good feet inside the box to create space to cross for Origi who turned the ball in from close range with a back heel flick.

Lallana sent a header wide as the Premier League team continued to create openings before Bywater's good early work was undone in the 22nd minute after his mistake led to Liverpool's second goal. The goalkeeper's throw out was intercepted and Nathaniel Clyne surged down the right wing before crossing for Firmino to head home.

To their credit Burton played some good football at times but struggled to create any chances. Defender Kyle McFadzean sent a header wide just before half-time from a set-piece.

It took Liverpool until the 61st minute to extend their lead. Emre Can flicked on James Milner's corner and the ball hit Naylor on the hip and went in.

There was a rare chance for Burton immediately afterwards but Lucas Akins shot wide from inside the box after latching onto a long pass.

Sturridge found his range with a 22-yard effort that Bywater had to tip wide before tapping in from close range after 78 minutes following good play down the right from Milner and Mane.

Five minutes later, and following Mane's third assist of the night, Sturridge powered a shot into the bottom corner of the net from 18 yards to complete the scoring.

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