An injured picked up by Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita marred an otherwise perfect night for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The much-changed Reds swept aside Norwich City 3-0 at Carrow Road for the second time this season.
This time, a Takumi Minamino brace and a well finished Divock Origi header helped a young side advance into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Keita was one of the few potential weekend starters picked from the outset before being replaced at half-time.
After the match, Klopp confirmed the Guinean had picked up an injury in bizarre fashion.
The 26-year-old, fresh off the back of a screamer against Crystal Palace, was appearing in his sixth game of the season in East Anglia.
Elsewhere, teenage trio Kaide Gordon, Conor Bradley and Tyler Morton all shone for the Reds – the latter as a replacement for Keita.
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Thankfully, it would appear the substitution was mainly in order to protect the ace and not due to a more serious issue – especially with Harvey Elliott and Thiago already ruled out.
Realistically the midfielder would’ve been one of the first to be sacrificed later on in the clash, given the likelihood of involvement at Brentford on Saturday.
Nevertheless, injuries and Keita have gone hand in hand on Merseyside and Kopites everywhere would’ve felt a sense of inevitability at the half-time replacement.
Knock aside, Liverpool into the hat for the next round, giving minutes to fringe players and getting important goals into Origi and Minamino was the perfect outcome from the encounter.