Liverpool 2 – 1 West Brom: Nuri Sahin strikes the double as youthful Reds progress

Two goals from Real Madrid loanee Nuri Sahin saw a young Liverpool side with an average of 22.5 years earn a 2-1 win over West Brom to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

After suffering a 3-0 opening defeat to former assistant manager Steve Clarke’s West Brom side, Liverpool were certainly after revenge. Brendan Rodgers made 11 changes to the squad that suffered a 2-1 defeat at Anfield last weekend, with Daniel Agger, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly all being out injured, and the likes of Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel, Luis Suarez and Joe Allen being rested for their next League fixture against Norwich.

The game saw competitive first team debuts and starts for 18 year old Samed Yesil, and 16 year old Jerome Sinclair, who, in the process, became the youngest ever player to play for the Liverpool senior side at 16 years and 6 days, a record previously held by 19 year old defender Jack Robinson, who also earned a start and who made his debut when he was 16 years and 250 days old.

Liverpool went a goal behind within 3 minutes, after a poor pass from Jordan Henderson to Andre Wisdom found West Brom’s Markus Rosenberg, forcing Wisdom in to a foul and conceding a free kick. Taken by Liam Ridgewell, the free kick was initially caught by keeper Brad Jones, but after Jonas Olsson’s fist hit Jones in the face, the ball was dropped by Jones, and put in to the bottom corner by Gabriel Tamas.

Once again, Liverpool were a goal down in a match they needed to win. All too often lately, it seems that they need to concede to make a go of the game, and that they did. Despite it taking a while for the Reds to settle in and take control of the game, new signing Oussama Assaidi provided a constant threat down the left wing, and loudly proving why, at a transfer fee of around £2.4m, he could possibly be one of the signings of the season. Linking up with Samed Yesil, Daniel Pacheco and Nuri Sahin, the Moroccan consistently provided the backbone for threats on Ben Foster’s goal, with a fantastically accurate cross to the near post narrowly headed wide by Samed Yesil.

Liverpool did indeed get the equaliser, and what a spectacular equaliser it was. After Andre wisdom received a pass to the right wing from Stewart Downing, Nuri Sahin received the ball from Wisdom in plenty of space, and from 30 yards out, took the ball on his left foot and fired it past Ben Foster just 14 minutes after conceding.

The Reds didn’t let up either after scoring either, as was so often seen last season. Equalising definitely struck confidence in the young side, when Yesil saw his shot nutmeg Foster, but bounce off of the floor behind him and over the crossbar. Dani Pacheco also came extremely close to taking the lead, when a well distanced shot was a matter of inches too high and skimmed off of the crossbar.

But despite some good attacking play from West Brom, they were simply out-passed and out-possessed by Liverpool, and after Dani Pacheco and the exhausted Samed Yesil making way for Suso and Jerome Sinclair, they almost immediately went in front. Suso immediately threw himself in to the action and a mere minute after coming on, picked up the ball and charged towards the Baggies defence, slotting the ball to Assaidi, who crossed it towards Sahin who bagged his second and winning goal for Liverpool, scoring his first and second goal for Liverpool since joining from Real Madrid on loan, and gave Brendan Rodgers his first domestic win this season.

With Liverpool being the reigning League Cup champions, they will certainly be looking to retain their title, and after a performance like that, it’s easily possible to see them being able to do that.

 

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