Liverpool media round-up: Randall comments on his full debut, Klopp update on Benteke

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool got their first win of the Jurgen Klopp era last night with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the League Cup at Anfield, with Nathaniel Clyne getting his first goal for the club.

The reward for their win is a quarter-final trip to Southampton in December where the Reds will seek to make the last four of the competition for the second consecutive season. 

The game saw manager Jurgen Klopp make no fewer than nine changes to the starting line-up from the weekend's draw against Southampton in the Premier League, and full debuts for Joao Carlos Teixeira, Cameron Brannagan and Connor Randall.

Randall played the entire 90 minutes at right-back and told the Liverpool Echo after the game that he is looking to continue to impress in order to get more game time. 

He said: “That was a dream come true for me tonight. To get the opportunity to play at Anfield in front of a packed crowd like that is something I've wanted ever since I was a little kid.

“That's what I've been working towards ever since I started off at the Academy when I was six.

“Ever since that first day the ultimate goal has been to play for the first team. I'm very pleased and grateful to get that opportunity tonight.

“The manager has shown a lot of faith in us young players and that gives us confidence. Everyone is very grateful for the opportunities he has given us so far and hopefully we can keep impressing him.”

At the weekend, Liverpool return to Premier League action when they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, with question marks surrounding the fitness of Christian Benteke, as Divock Origi once again led the line for the Reds last night. 

But Klopp told reporters after the game that he thinks Benteke could be fit to play on Saturday lunchtime after a slight knee injury kept him out of last night's game.

He is quoted by the official Liverpool website: “I think Christian will be fit on Saturday. He had little problems and with our ‘striker situation’ we can’t take a risk. Divock played again [tonight] and he did well – he worked really hard. But I think Christian will be back.”

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