Liverpool travelled to Milton Keynes where Jürgen Klopp’s side beat MK Dons 2-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Goals from the Reds’ full-backs James Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever were enough to dispatch Paul Tisdale’s team in Wednesday night’s cup tie.
The Red’s starting XI was a mixture of youth and experience, with many of the teenagers putting in strong performances. Debutant Caoimhin Kelleher was one of them, making a couple of fantastic saves to keep a clean sheet.
Meanwhile, Hoever managed to score his first goal for the Anfield side whilst Curtis Jones was awarded the man of the match. Harvey Elliott was also unlucky not to score after hitting the crossbar not once but twice.
Despite these fantastic performances from the youngsters, it was the oldest player in the Liverpool squad who impressed the most. James Milner reverted to the left-back role he became accustomed to in the 2016/17 season, but looked like he’d been playing there for years.
Selected as captain due to Jordan Henderson’s absence, Milner led by example for the younger members. The No.7 was involved in both goals picking up a goal and an assist on a night to remember for the former England international.
For his goal, there was an element of luck involved as MK Don’s keeper Stuart Moore would fumble the makeshift left-back’s powerful shot into his own net. His strike put Liverpool in front in the 41st minute. His second contribution arrived in the 68th minute when his cross found the head of Dutch defender Hoever.
James Milner was excellent defensively as well. The 33-year-old won eight out of 11 duels, won three tackles and cleared the ball three times throughout the game. His passing too was close to perfect, with a 93.5% passing accuracy which includes completing all 12 attempted long balls.
Liverpool’s vice-captain put in an excellent showing and as aforementioned led the youngsters by example to a 2-0 win. A true captain’s performance from the veteran.