Liverpool player ratings vs Aston Villa: Elliott, Hoever impress despite Carabao Cup loss

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Liverpool’s youngest ever team were comfortably beaten by Aston Villa at Villa Park on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup – but how did the Reds perform?

Liverpool player ratings vs Aston Villa – Carabao Cup

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Liverpool fielded their youngest ever line-up – at an average age of 19 years, six months and three days – against Aston Villa but saw their young charges well beaten in the Carabao Cup at Villa Park. The young Reds actually started the better team but quickly found themselves 2-0 down after Caoimhin Kelleher failed to keep out Conor Hourihane’s free-kick – though there was dispute as to whether Jonathan Kodjia got the final touch.

Three minutes later, Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross deflected off Morgan Boyes and looped in over the Irish goalkeeper.

Kodjia added two more goals before half-time as the more experienced Villa took control.

Playing under Neil Critchley, taking over from Jurgen Klopp who is in Qatar for the Club World Cup, Liverpool responded well in the second half but were unable to get on the scoresheet as they failed to book a spot in the semi-finals of the competition.

And Wesley rounded off the evening with a stoppage-time finish after Liverpool were stretched at the back.

So how did the fresh-faced Merseyside outfit perform in the West Midland? Express Sport rates and slates Liverpool’s teenage prospects.

Liverpool player ratings vs Aston Villa – Carabao Cup

Tough night, might have done better with Hourihane’s opener, unlucky for second. Made some good stops second half to prevent night being worse.

Promising display with some classy touches and electric pace. Had to be substituted off with cramp late on.

Exposed on occasions but bossed the middle against stronger opponents.

Unfortunate deflection for Villa second, but did not shrink from the battle.

Given difficult night down Liverpool’s left flank by rampant Elmohamady.

Frustrating night with shot blocked after 10 minutes and effort off thigh blocked in second.

Liverpool’s most senior player on the pitch sprayed the odd attractive pass but struggled to get a grip in middle.

Some good defensive work and shot tipped over on 27 minutes. Booked. Subbed off late on.

Decent hit from distance blocked early and consistently carried biggest attacking threat. Numerous clever flicks to create opportunities. 

Decent shift but struggled to pose much of a threat going forward.

Looked off the pace early, little came off on a tricky night. Subbed after 65 minutes.

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Couldn’t help Liverpool get on the scoresheet.

Late shot into the side netting from an angle before his header was saved by Nyland.

Replaced Hoever as he struggled with cramp.

Liverpool player ratings vs Aston Villa – Carabao Cup

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