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Capital One Cup: Jurgen Klopp delighted to taste his first Liverpool success

By Carl Markham

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 from Southampton 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, joining 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.

Klopp said: "My first win feels better than a draw! I'm really satisfied because this team had never played together and the young players did really well.

"We had many chances against a side which played with nearly their first team. We were dominant, played football and got the win we deserved.

"It was very important to win because we decided to go with a new team. To win is always good for the feeling of the whole team."

On Roberto Firmino's performance, Klopp said: "He is a physically strong player which is important in England.

"He is a good finisher and is a good player. He is offensive, but he can play in deep spaces too and can take the ball."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: "I think we should have got something. We created some good chances in both halves, but especially in the first-half we had that cutting edge and their keeper made some good saves.

"Some of our passing and build-up play was very good - the only thing missing was the goals. We don't want to get used to losing, but it was a positive day for us."

Klopp (pictured) 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 the 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, but gave Adam Bogdan the chance to save with his legs.

The Bournemouth midfielder had two other chances in the first-half but was thwarted on both occasions.

Brazil international Firmino, who twice threatened with shots from outside the area, played a significant part in Liverpool's 17th-minute goal as his slide pass picked out the 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 fired home the weak clearance.

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

It may have been because it was only the League Cup 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.

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

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