Full-time: Liverpool 3-0 Exeter

  • Hosts through to round four of the FA Cup following a dominant victory over League Two opponents at Anfield
  • Joe Allen gave Jurgen Klopp's side an early lead, before Sheyi Ojo and Joao Teixeira netted after half-time
  • Injury-plagued defender Jon Flanagan comes on as a second-half substitute to mark his first senior appearance for 20 months
  • Liverpool will meet West Ham next
Sheyi Ojo
Sheyi Ojo celebrates his wonderful second-half strike with Christian Benteke AFP

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There was certainly no shortage of spirit and endeavour on display from the visitors tonight, but ultimately they failed to pose any sort of attacking threat and Liverpool run out comfortable winners.

West Ham await Klopp's side in round four, although they have a Premier League clash with Norwich and a Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg tie against Stoke to negotiate before then.

As for Exeter, they return to League Two duty against Accrington Stanley at St James Park on 23 January.



Liverpool 3-0 Exeter


Exeter fail to make use of a late free-kick in an excellent position. Liverpool break with numbers through Benteke, but he is forced wide with players queuing up in the middle. That was really poor play.


Two minutes of added time to be played. No way back for Exeter now.


Benteke looks desperate to register on the scoresheet tonight but his latest effort from 20 yards is well saved by Olejnik. The Exeter goalkeeper is then called into action again to collect Teixeira's deflected drive.


Almost a shot on goal for Exeter as Nicholls releases Wheeler and his cross towards Hoskins from the byline is cut out. Commendable spirit from the visitors but they have been thoroughly outclassed in every department tonight.


Just moments after a misguided dummy costs Exeter the chance to carve out a very rare opportunity, Liverpool break quickly though Benteke. The Belgian skips past two defenders before laying a low ball out towards Teixeira, who curls home after Wheeler fails to intercept.


Goal: Liverpool 3-0 Exeter (Joao Teixeira)


Liverpool's final change sees 18-year-old defensive midfielder Pedro Chirivella replace Ibe.


The confidence and quality involved in that goal should not be underestimated. A fabulous strike from the 18-year-old winger, who returned early from a loan spell at Wolves earlier in January.

He previously scored three times in 19 appearances for the Championship club before falling out of favour.


Anfield breathes a collective sigh of relief as Liverpool secure victory with just over 15 minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

Collecting a pass from Ibe on the right-hand side of the penalty area, Ojo is given too much space by Woodman and proceeds to lift the ball wonderfully into the top corner.

Brilliant finish in front of the Kop for his first Liverpool goal.


Goal: Liverpool 2-0 Exeter (Sheyi Ojo)


What a superb block from Brown to deny Teixeira after the Portuguese midfielder was teed up nicely by Ibe. A miscue from Brannagan then inadvertently sets up Ojo, but his shot is saved by a diving Olejnik.


Yet again Exeter are caught napping on a quick corner but live to tell the tale as Smith's low cross is cleared. Stewart then gives away a cheap free-kick but Liverpool defend stoutly.


Tisdale makes one final change as David Wheeler, who has been out injured since Boxing Day, replaces Oakley.

Klopp responds in kind by withdrawing goalscorer Allen and sending on Sheyi Ojo.


Brilliant from Ibe as he produces a few quick stepovers to beat Holmes and then plays a quick one-two with Teixeira but his low strike goes narrowly wide.


Exeter forge a small chance as Woodman's lofted free-kick finds Hoskins, who picks out the head of Jordan Moore-Taylor. Easy save for Mignolet.


Exeter almost break clear of the halfway line but Liverpool win it back and Benteke is sent through on goal before Olejnik comes out to save.

The visitors then win their first corner of the evening off Smith but Holmes' ball in is comfortably cleared.


Replays with the aid of goal-line technology show just how close that was to being Liverpool's second goal. Only the faintest sliver of the ball failed to go over.


Another short corner from Liverpool as Brannagan finds Ibe, who bursts into the box and produces a strong shot that smacks off the underside off the crossbar before being cleared by Craig Woodman. Appeals that the ball did actually cross the line fall on deaf ears.


A standing ovation at Anfield as Flanagan returns from his 20-month knee injury hell to replace Randall. A really nice moment.


Excellent run from Connor Randall down the right for Liverpool but Exeter eventually clear their lines after Ibe's backheel towards Allen is cut out.

The hosts keep the attack alive as Randall tries to pick out Benteke with a cross to the back post but Ribeiro heads behind.


46 minutes in and Exeter have their first shot, with Nicholls blazing well over after a poor header from Kevin Stewart.