German coach Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes to his side against Bournemouth, a risky strategy which ultimately paid off as the Reds advanced to the quarter-finals with a narrow win.
Among those starting was Connor Randall, a 20-year-old full-back who spent the early part of 2015 on loan at Shrewsbury Town and was making his senior debut for the club.
Speaking to reporters of the Daily Star, Randall says that Klopp told him ahead of kick-off that he was deserving of his opportunity and to just go out there and enjoy the occasion.
“The manager has given me a lot of confidence,” Randall was quoted as saying.
“Before the game he told me that I deserved the chance and to make sure I went out there and enjoyed it, and not to think too much about it and to do what I do.”
“I'm very grateful for the opportunity just to train there and now to get my debut. I want to get back in training and try to keep impressing him."
Randall’s appearance in the League Cup could be the first of many first-team outings this season, as there is a big opportunity for him to break into the team.
Aside from all of the players having a clean slate under Klopp, Liverpool are particularly sparse in the full-back areas, with Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno having very little competition.
The duo can’t be expected to feature every week, not least if the club advance from their Europa League group and go far in both domestic cup competitions.
Randall performed extremely well at Anfield on Wednesday, and his display will have given Klopp plenty of confidence that he can place his trust in the youngster on further occasions this season.