Reds cruise, Blues tough it out

STURRIDGE STRIKES TWICE: A shot from the Liverpool striker (left) is saved here during the match against Burton Albion. Nevertheless, he, Origi and Firmino make sure of their team's advance to the next round.


    Aug 25, 2016

    Reds cruise, Blues tough it out


    DANIEL Sturridge scored twice as Liverpool strolled into the League Cup third round with a 5-0 win at Burton Albion on Tuesday while Chelsea edged third-tier Bristol Rovers 3-2.

    Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Sturridge all scored as Liverpool, last season's beaten finalists, crushed the Championship side who are managed by former Reds midfielder Nigel Clough.

    Michy Batshuayi marked his full Chelsea debut with a brace against Bristol Rovers while Victor Moses was also on target as manager Antonio Conte enjoyed a third straight competitive win.

    Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told Sky Sports: "This was a very serious, professional display from our side."

    Premier League teams Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull City, Swansea City and Stoke City also went through. Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick for Stoke in a 4-0 win at Stevenage.

    But Watford lost 2-1 to third-tier Gillingham after extra time.

    West Bromwich Albion were beaten 4-3 on penalties by League One side Northampton Town following a 2-2 draw.

    Klopp handed a debut to Cameroonian centre-back Joel Matip and welcomed back Senegalese winger Sadio Mane, following a shoulder injury, at Burton's Pirelli Stadium.

    Mane teed up Origi to break the deadlock with a clever back-heel in the 15th minute before Nathaniel Clyne crossed for Firmino to head in the visitors' second goal.

    A Tom Naylor own goal just after the hour made it 3-0.

    Sturridge came off the bench to complete the rout with a late brace, tapping in James Milner's cross and slamming home from Mane's pass.

    Batshuayi put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge in the 29th minute by sweeping in Nemanja Matic's cross. Two minutes later, Pedro Rodriguez set up Moses for a tap-in.

    Batshuayi claimed a second from Ruben Loftus-Cheek's cross. But Bristol Rovers scored either side through Peter Hartley and Ellis Harrison to keep Conte's men on their toes until the final whistle.

    Liverpool and Chelsea, League Cup winners in 2015, both entered the tournament in the second round because they are not involved in European competition this season.

    Manchester United, holders Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and West Ham United will all enter the competition in round three.