Burton Albion v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Liverpool kicked off their EFL Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over Burton Albion on Tuesday night - relive the action as it happened in our matchday blog.
Story of the night...
- Four changes for Reds: Mane, Can, Matip and Origi start
- Origi and Firmino give visitors first-half lead
- Sturridge scores twice and Naylor puts through own net in second period
- Reds into third round of the EFL Cup with victory
- Klopp provides update on Can injury
More from the manager
We've also got the boss speaking about the improvements he saw from the weekend defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.
He told reporters: “We were there, where we had to be. We were on the line, we had possession [around] the box and bodies in the box. The first two goals were like this – one was a transition, the other one after a second ball. So, it was all good."
Jürgen Klopp offered an update on Emre Can's injury following tonight's game. Click here to read it.
Check out all the match stats in out Opta widgets below...
Burton Albion 0-5 Liverpool
Job done for the Reds as they move into the third round of the EFL Cup thanks to a professional performance.
Goals from Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino, a Daniel Sturridge brace, and Tom Naylor's own goal doing the damage at the Pirelli Stadium.
He never goes long without a goal, does he?
Divock Origi is suffering with cramp and, rather than send him back on, the medical team opt to play out the final moments with 10 men.
Liverpool playing keep-ball at the back now as the clock ticks down.
Burton Albion 0-5 Liverpool (Sturridge)
He's got his second!
Mane has the Burton defence backing off and dances into the box before squaring for Sturridge, who tees the ball up with a touch and volleys emphatically home.
Burton Albion 0-4 Liverpool (Sturridge)
He's not long on and Sturridge is already among the goals.
The striker has a tap-in at the back post after Milner plays a one-two with Mane and squares it low. A great team goal.
It's been a quiet one for Simon so far.
Emre Can makes way now - presumably just as a precaution - with Kevin Stewart replacing him.
Emre Can goes down with no Burton players around him and looks to be in real pain as he grabs his shin.
But, thankfully, after a short period of treatment the German seems to be okay. Phew!
Two changes for Liverpool as Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana make way for Daniel Sturridge and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Burton also get in on the act, with Lloyd Dyer and Lucas Akins departing for Marcus Myers-Harness and Ben Fox.
Burton Albion 0-3 Liverpool (Naylor OG)
James Milner swings in a dangerous corner and Tom Naylor can't do anything but turn the ball into his own net as he attempts to clear.
It's comfortable for the Reds now.
Lee Williamson goes in the book for a cynical trip on Adam Lallana, who was bursting into space on the left-hand side.
Head to Staffordshire if you like sunsets!
Liverpool weather the storm as Burton win two corners in quick succession and some strong defending in the air is required.
They've dealt with that well.
FYI, a change at the break for the hosts, who have brought on Matthew Palmer for Jackson Irvine.
And here we go as the Reds get us back under way.
Liverpool are back out for the second half with Burton set to join them - the restart is moments away!
Expecting a third goal tonight? And if so, which team do you think will get it? These are the odds at half-time:
Burton @ 5/1
No goal @ 5/1
Liverpool @ 2/7
Take a close look at the stats from a successful half for Liverpool with our Opta widget below.
Burton Albion 0-2 Liverpool
Half-time at the Pirelli Stadium and the Reds have a comfortable lead thanks to goals from Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino.
It's all been straightforward so far - let's hope for more of the same in the second period.
A nice touch from Adam Lallana.
Burton go close as Kyle McFadzean heads a free-kick delivery from the right wing over the Liverpool bar.
The Reds won't want to give up too many more chances like that.
Origi's pacr is really troubling Burton so far and the young striker's latest foray forward almost results in Henderson meeting a dangerous cross in the box.
Firmino is unlucky not to add to his tally as he toes a hanging cross just wide of the left-hand post.
Moments later, he ends up in the home dugout after receiving a shove on the wing. Quite an eventful few minutes for the Brazilian!
Roberto Firmino celebrates his first goal of the new season.
Burton Albion 0-2 Liverpool (Firmino)
It's two and that's not a goal Stephen Bywater will want to see again.
The Brewers goalkeeper attempts a throw that is easily intercepted high up the pitch by Sadio Mane, who releases Nathaniel Clyne on the right with a first-time pass.
The full-back subsequently picks out a beauty of a cross, which Roberto Firmino has little trouble heading in.
It should be two but Lallana has misjudged that one.
The No.20 meets a fine, inswinging cross from deep courtesy of Henderson, but nods it wide with the goal at his mercy when he will have expected to do much better.
Burton Albion 0-1 Liverpool (Origi)
The Reds go ahead in Burton!
Sadio Mane collects an overhit cross at the back post on the right-hand side of the box before showing brilliant pace and control to shift past Damien McCrory.
The winger isn't done there, either, and pulls the ball across goal which allows Divock Origi to produce a simple flick from close range.
Jürgen Klopp and Nigel Clough greet each other ahead of kick-off this evening.
Unlucky, Liverpool! Tidy build-up from the Reds sees the ball funnelled wide at the edge of the box but when Firmino meets a cross with his head, he can only direct an effort at the 'keeper.
Burton then do well to clear the subsequent corner.
The first big chance for the visitors goes begging.
Mane finds space in front of the Burton back four and slides in a fine pass for Origi, but the Belgian can't beat the 'keeper from what is a tight angle on the left-hand side of the box.
Burton Albion appeal for a penalty after Stuart Beavon goes down in the box under the attentions of Dejan Lovren but the referee is uninterested.
There did seem to be a tangle of sorts in the box but the Reds are spared.
Here we go!
Burton Albion get the game under way as Liverpool's 2016-17 EFL Cup campaign begins.
The players are out at the Pirelli Stadium and kick-off is moments away here!
The players are out warming up at Pirelli Stadium now and, although they're not in the squad this evening, both Marko Grujic and Trent Alexander-Arnold are taking part.
Both could have a big part to play this season, despite their tender years.
The Reds arrive
Here are a few shots of the lads stepping off the bus at the Pirelli Stadium earlier this evening.
Inside the dressing room...
Here’s that Liverpool team in full…
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Origi.
Subs: Manninger, Sturridge, Klavan, Wijnaldum, Moreno, Stewart, Ings.
The teamsheet has just been handed to us, fresh from the LFC dressing room at the Pirelli Stadium. What does it say?
Well, Sadio Mane is back and in the starting line-up after a shoulder injury. He’s joined by Divock Origi, Joel Matip and Emre Can in the XI as Jürgen Klopp makes four changes to the team deployed at Burnley on Saturday.
The Reds are here...
...and are currently checking out the pitch at the Pirelli Stadium. Team news is coming up at 6.45pm.
Place your bets...
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And on that note...
Here it is, what you've been waiting for. It's currently an incredible 28 degrees at the Pirelli Stadium and very, very humid.
It's expected to marginally drop down to 25 degrees by kick-off, but no rain is expected. Which is nice.
A nice night for it...
This is the current scene inside a sun-soaked Pirelli Stadium. The pitch looks in immaculate condition and it's a perfect evening for football in Staffordshire.
Klopp: No wholesale changes
It remains to be seen whether Mane will feature at Pirelli Stadium, of course. What the boss did say in previewing the tie was that he is unlikely to make a huge number of changes to his side.
“Of course we’ll make changes, but not every change. It depends a little bit what the doctor will tell me, but it’s not likely that we’ll change seven or eight positions because I’m not sure we could. That’s not the plan. It’s another game, an important game, so we have to show that we can do better than last Saturday, of course.”
It was great to see Sadio Mane back in training on Monday - and LFCTV GO subscribers can take a look at the forward's preparations at Melwood in the clip below...
Stats, stats, stats
You'll probably remember that this man was the last player to bag a hat-trick for Liverpool in the League Cup. But do you know how many trebles have been scored for the club in the competition in total?
Find out the answer - and get all of the pre-match facts and figures - by clicking here.
Burton have had an incredible rise through the leagues in recent seasons and to find out more about the Brewers and the challenge they'll pose to the Reds, we spoke to lifelong fan Colston Crawford.
It was an enlightening chat too, with all you need to know about the Championship club's form, their anticipation for this tie, advice for supporters travelling to the game and much more.
So, how have Nigel Clough's Burton fared so far this season?
- Last time out, Albion drew 2-2 at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, coming from a goal down on two occasions and claiming a point thanks to an 88th-minute equaliser.
- They had beaten Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at home in their preceding league game, bouncing back from successive defeats at the beginning of the campaign.
- Burton reached the second round of the EFL Cup by overcoming Bury 3-2 after extra-time in a home tie at Pirelli Stadium.
Kevin Stewart was an interesting interviewee ahead of tonight's tie, with the midfielder hopeful of featuring against a team he once represented on loan. Tap play below to hear from the No.35...
Liverpool reached the League Cup final last season, of course, and would love to go one better this time around. Whet your appetite for their opening game of the tournament by taking a look back at how the Reds got to Wembley in 2015-16 with the free clip below...
'How can we be more than 100 per cent ambitious?'
The manager was unequivocal about Liverpool's intentions in this competition as he spoke at his pre-match press conference on Monday.
"We want to be as successful as possible. And when we say we want to fight for everything then of course the League Cup is involved," said the boss.
Good morning and welcome to our live matchday blog as Liverpool begin their EFL Cup quest with a trip to face Championship side Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium.
We'll be building up to the second-round tie here throughout the day, before providing confirmed team news, in-game updates, photos, stats and post-match reaction.
Don't move a muscle.