By Joe Nelson
Liverpool maintained their fine start to the season as they cruised to a 3-0 victory away to Derby in the League Cup.
Jurgen Klopp made seven changes for the game, with just Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho retaining their places from the side that beat Chelsea 2-1.
But Liverpool were totally dominant and clinched their place in Wednesday night’s draw for the last 16 of the competition they were runners-up in last season.
Football Insider analyses three things we learned from the game.
Squad has A+ attitude
At this stage of the cup last season, the Reds scraped past Carlisle on penalties at Anfield after a gruelling 1-1 draw.
However, despite naming a similarly-strengthened team on paper, this season’s side were much more energetic, hungry and willing to fight for the cause.
Klopp has clearly drilled into every player the importance of momentum and the desire to win each and every game they play.
Impressive reserves must start in last 16 clash
Despite the seven changes, Klopp’s philosophy did not change one bit, with pressure across the park to a maximum and every player knowing his job to a tee.
Players such as Grujic, Klavan and Karius all excelled in the match and gave Klopp plenty of food for thought in terms of future selections.
The competition for places will only be helpful for Klopp, as it will keep players on their toes in training and hungry to keep the starting role.
Ovie Ejaria: A new name for Reds fans to get excited about
Ejaria may only have got 15 minutes of action out on the field last night, but he made extremely good use of it.
The 18-year-old was full of bright ideas and slotted in seamlessly along Liverpool’s front line, albeit when the tie was far from competitive.
Nevertheless, the forward could not have done much more with the time given to him and if the Reds were to be drawn at home in the next round, then the Anfield faithful would no doubt enjoy a better look a their exciting young prospect.
In other Liverpool news, Here’s how Reds fans reacted on Twitter to Grujic’s display.