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Liverpool player ratings: Which youngsters impressed v Exeter?

Liverpool remain in the FA Cup following a 2-2 draw with Exeter City at St James' Park.

Liverpool remain in the FA Cup after their much changed young side came from behind twice to salvage a 2-2 draw at St James' Park, meaning the two sides will do it all again in a replay at Anfield. 

Tom Nichols opened the scoring for the home side in the ninth minute before Jerome Sinclair struck within three minutes as the visitors looked to be getting a foothold in the game.

But on the stroke of half-time, some disastrous goalkeeping from Adam Bogdan allowed the home side to retake the lead from Lee Holmes straight from a corner.

Exeter started the second half stronger, but Liverpool gradually got back into it. Jurgen Klopp opted to leave the experienced duo of Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana on the bench - much to Danny Murphy's frustration on the BBC - but one substitute who did make an impact was Sheyi Ojo, whose good work down the left flank ultimately carved out an opportunity for Brad Smith to equalise.

It was a poorer night for Liverpool's more experienced players as Christian Benteke captained the side but failed to impress again, but there were some positives from those trying to show Jurgen Klopp they are the future of the club, and they may well get the same opportunity in the replay.

Here is how they rated: 

Adam Bogdan - Awful for the corner that led to Exeter retaking the lead just before the half when the Reds could've done with going in level. Poor from an experienced member of a very young team - 3

Connor Randall - Looked better going forward - much like Liverpool's defence he struggled on the back foot but looks exactly like he is, a young player developing - 5

Tiago Ilori  - Probably the best out of Liverpool's back six, but seemed to struggle in the air, a lot. Needs to improve, and he really did tire - 5

Jose EnriqueLost out easily in the cross in the build-up to Exeter's opening goal. Positionally was all over the place - 4

Brad Smith - Always looked a threat going forward but struggled on the back foot. Probably didn't help having Enrique inside him, but a good instinctive finish to get Liverpool level for a second time. - 6

Kevin StewartLooked like a fish out of water at times, then did the odd good thing to show he can do a job. Just needs to put it together over 90 minutes. - 5

Cameron BrannaganA couple of flashes of quality, notably a through ball to Kent and a wonderful cross for Benteke. While others tired he was still in the thick of things at both ends of the field. - 7

Ryan KentA couple of nice touches, but didn't have the impact on the game he would have liked - 5.

Joao Carlos TeixeiraProbably the player that impressed with tricks and flicks, though in reality there was little substance - 6

Jerome Sinclair - Nicely taken goal to get the Reds back on level terms, dropped a lot into midfield to help out and went looking for work - 7 

Christian Benteke - Should have scored in the second half, tried to drop deep but still struggled to get into the game - 4


Pedro Chirivella - After that terrible pass into touch, he actually put in a mature central midfield performance for one so young. - 5

Sheyi Ojo - Completely had Danny Murphy off by having a huge hand in the second equaliser when the former Liverpool man was calling for Adam Lallana. Looked lively throughout his cameo appearance - 7

Joe MaguireA left-back playing right-sided centre-back in the closing stages under a fair degree of pressure. He did nothing wrong, which is a big plus considering the situation he came into - 6

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