Mi­namino de­buts as Liver­pool wins Mersey­side derby

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Liver­pool man­ager jur­gen Klopp said his team’s per­for­mance was “sen­sa­tion­ally good” as Cur­tis jones’ stun­ning win­ner earned the reds a fully de­served FA Cup third-round vic­tory and ex­tended Ever­ton’s mis­er­able record of An­field fail­ure.

The Ger­man made nine changes from the side that in­creased their Pre­mier League lead to 13 points with vic­tory over Sh­effield united on Thurs­day - in­clud­ing three debu­tants in Takumi Mi­namino, Nathaniel Phillips and sub­sti­tute Yasser Larouci.

And it was 18-year-old jones who grabbed the Mersey­side derby glory with a mag­nif­i­cent curl­ing 25-yard drive that eluded the out­stretched arms of Ever­ton keeper jor­dan Pick­ford as it arced into the top cor­ner af­ter 71 min­utes. The Tof­fees re­main with­out a win at their ri­vals since Septem­ber 1999.

Klopp said, “I saw a sen­sa­tion­ally good per­for­mance of a not very ex­pe­ri­enced team with a lot of play­ers playing for the first time on this kind of stage, in front of this crowd, against the op­po­nent. It was out­stand­ing. I loved it - I loved each sec­ond of this game.”

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