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Liverpool cruise through with win at Derby

Ragnar Klavan

Ragnar Klavan (second from right) joined Liverpool this summer from Augsburg

Liverpool continued their good recent form by brushing Championship side Derby aside to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Ragnar Klavan gave the visitors the lead, slotting in his first Reds goal from a Philippe Coutinho corner.

Coutinho got the second after a one-two with Roberto Firmino, before setting up Divock Origi to lash in a third.

Derby offered little throughout, producing only two shots to test keeper Loris Karius on his Liverpool debut.

This was the fourth match the Reds have scored three goals or more this season – and they have netted 19 times in seven games overall.

Even seven changes from Friday’s 2-1 Premier League win at Chelsea did not halt their momentum.

One of those players to come in – Estonia defender Klavan – became the club’s 10th different goalscorer this season.

In contrast, Derby – struggling in 20th position in the English second tier – have now failed to score in seven of their 11 matches in all competitions this campaign.

Derby manager Nigel Pearson: “I would be first to accept there is a gulf in class tonight, and where we are and where we aspire to be is a considerable difference.

“For us to progress as a club we need to build a squad which can compete anywhere.

“All of the goals had an element of we could have done better, so that is frustrating. Mistakes cost you dearly against sides like this. After that it is damage limitation to make sure it is not an embarrassment.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “We were better tonight and we deserved to win, we created plenty of chances. Could we have done better? Yes, but is that important? No.

“You need to be 100% professional in games like this, which could be difficult, but we were ready for every opportunity.

“We could’ve been better in the first half with the last pass and in the second with our counter attack but we will take 3-0 all day.

“This is a very important tournament for us, for the players, and we have to show it from the first second. Let’s go for it.”

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Match ends, Derby County 0, Liverpool 3.

Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Liverpool 3.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

Timi Max Elsnik (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool).

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Marko Grujic (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alberto Moreno.

Attempt missed. Timi Max Elsnik (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution, Liverpool. Ovie Ejaria replaces Roberto Firmino.

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Marko Grujic (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marko Grujic (Liverpool).

Foul by Timi Max Elsnik (Derby County).

Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ragnar Klavan.

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Foul by Alex Pearce (Derby County).

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Danny Ings (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ings (Liverpool).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.