Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his young side for rising to the occasion after goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge earned a 2-1 win against Bournemouth.
Klopp made 10 changes from the team that beat Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on Thursday to reach the Europa League semi-finals, with Firmino the only player to retain his place in the starting 11.
Goalkeeper Danny Ward and full-back Connor Randall made their Reds debuts, while Sheyi Ojo and Jordon Ibe produced impressive displays as the Reds claimed all three points.
Firmino opened the scoring for Liverpool, then Sturridge met the end of Ibe’s cross to claim his sixth Premier League goal in his last seven starts.
Goalkeeper Ward put in a brilliant display on his debut, but was denied a clean sheet in the dying minutes when Cherries striker Joshua King fired in a low effort into the bottom corner to grab a consolation goal.
Speaking after the match, Klopp was full of praise for his young side after they came out on top against a hard working Bournemouth side.
“They’ve never played together,” said the German. “They could have defended better, played a bit more football in the first half – but it was really, really good.
“Danny Ward was brilliant. Let the self-confidence grow of goalkeepers, they’re normal human beings.”