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Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth: Nathaniel Clyne strikes secures Jurgen Klopp's first victory as Reds manager

Capital One Cup fourth round

Published 28/10/2015

Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool turns away after scoring the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on October 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool turns away after scoring the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on October 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on October 28, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Kolo Toure shakes hands with manager Jurgen Klopp as he leaves the field injured during the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/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 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Bournemouth's English midfielder Matt Ritchie (L) and Bournemouth's French defender Sylvain Distin (R) vie against Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on October 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED 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.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino runs with the ball during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on October 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED 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.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A waning new moon is pictured in the night's sky above the Liverpool logo at the Anfield stadium during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth, in Liverpool, north west England on October 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED 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.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool shoots during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on October 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Ulla Sandrock, wife of Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp, watches her husband's team play during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on October 28, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts as arrives on the pitch ahead of the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on October 28, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool poses for a picture during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on October 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp watches his players warm up ahead of the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on October 28, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Early halloween makeover for a young Liverpool fan before the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/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 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Jurgen Klopp merchandise on sale ahead of the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on October 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: A merchandise stall outside the stadium ahead the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on October 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Jurgen Klopp merchandise on sale ahead of the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on October 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Late afternoon sun goes down on Anfield stadium before the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA

Jurgen Klopp's first victory as Liverpool manager was secured via the unlikeliest of sources as defender Nathaniel Clyne scored the only goal to beat Bournemouth 1-0.

The England defender, playing in an unfamiliar left-back position, netted his first goal for the club he joined in the summer to book a Capital One Cup quarter-final place.

Considering the club's problems with their strikers of late - Christian Benteke not deemed 100 per cent fit to join Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings on the sidelines - it required someone else to step up.

Clyne would not have been many people's choice as the match-winner but after three successive draws Klopp was more than happy to take it after making nine changes from the side which drew at home to Southampton on Sunday, with only Clyne and Divock Origi surviving.

The German handed first starts to academy graduates Joao Teixeira, Cameron Brannagan and Connor Randall, making his debut and all fared well.

But the fact none of starting XI had scored this season and only two, Dejan Lovren and Joe Allen, had ever found the net for the club would have given Bournemouth, who made six changes, encouragement.

And considering the Liverpool defence's long-held lack of confidence the result could have been different had they taken the lead after five minutes.

Junior Stanislas cut inside Lovren, leaving the Croatia international on his backside, but gave Adam Bogdan the chance to save with his legs.

The Bournemouth midfielder had two other chances in the first half with a close-range header and free-kick but on both occasions the Liverpool goalkeeper was more than a match.

Even with the regular generosity presented by their opponents' defence visitors cannot afford to squander too many opportunities at Anfield and with £29million summer signing Roberto Firmino starting to find his feet in a central, attacking midfield role Liverpool began to dominate.

The Brazil international, who twice threatened with shots from outside the area, played a significant part in their 17th-minute goal as his slide pass picked out the perfectly-timed run of Teixeira.

Showing the cockiness of youth the 22-year-old Portuguese's clever backheel beat Adam Federici and although Adam Smith got back to clear off the line Clyne, who had charged forward from left-back, fired home the weak clearance.

Firmino should have doubled the lead after half-time when Randall's pressure forced Marc Pugh to concede possession to the Brazilian but his angled shot flew wide of the far post.

It may have been because it was only the League Cup, possibly because Bournemouth had offered little threat or even because there has been something of a sea-change at Anfield, but there was none of the previous anxiety a 1-0 lead would have held heading into the last 20 minutes.

The Kop appeared much more relaxed and that seemed to filter down to the players with Teixeira's confidence still on a high as he forced Federici into a good save from his 20-yard free-kick.

But with no alarms at the other end Liverpool managed to hold on to a lead for only the fourth time this season to offer yet more progress for Klopp.

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