West Brom 1 Liverpool 2: Rodgers delighted with ‘outstanding’ display
West Brom 1 Liverpool 2: Brendan Rodgers hails an "outstanding" performance from his young side as they reach the fourth round
Brendan Rodgers hailed an “outstanding” performance from his young Liverpool side after the Reds beat West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
The home side took a fourth-minute lead when Brad Jones spilled a West Brom set-piece to allow Gabriel Tamas to fire into the vacated net.
However, another goalkeeping error helped Liverpool to level before half-time, with Ben Foster fluffing a simple save to let Nuri Sahin’s long-range effort creep into the Baggies goal.
Liverpool, who lost 3-0 at the Hawthorns on the opening day of the Premier League campaign, conjured an 82nd-minute winner when Suso and Oussama Assaidi combined to present Sahin with a simple tap in to seal the victory.
“It was an outstanding performance. I’m not surprised as our performance level has been good all season,” said Rodgers.
“It’s great to see the kids playing with confidence. We fully deserved the win. For me it’s about talent irrespective of age. We’ve got a small squad. It’s a club where young players are going to get a chance.”
Rodgers, who will welcome his former club Swansea City to Anfield in the fourth round, was delighted to see Jerome Sinclair become the club’s youngest-ever player in the second half.
“It’s congratulations to Jerome Sinclair,” he added.
“Our future is bright with the young players. The style and definition of our game is improving all the time.”