Five things learned about Liverpool's youngsters in their 3-0 win over Exeter City

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Liverpool booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, where they will meet West Ham United at Anfield.

Liverpool made it through to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the second time of asking thanks to a 3-0 win over Exeter City at Anfield.

Goals from Joe Allen, Sheyi Ojo and Joao Carlos Teixeira ensured Liverpool will play West Ham United at week on Saturday at Anfield as they remain competitive on all four fronts.

It was once again a much-changed Liverpool side but there were one or two other elements of experience in the side with Jordon Ibe, Christian Benteke and Joe Allen all used to the rigours of first team action regularly, along with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet - who had a quiet evening. 

Given that the side was inexperienced there was plenty to learn from the players on show, but we had to point out just the five, so here they are: 

The side fielded looked as though they had a good amount of time together, unlike the first game

The first game looked a little disjointed, this side which fielded eight of the same individuals as the first game, looked more like a team, as if they had actually spoken to each other. There weren't any real stand-outs but it was a good performance and everybody knew each of their roles. It was probably part of the season they were so comfortable.

Jon Flanagan's footballing brain is still sharp

First of all, it was great to see the 23-year-old back in first team action after such a long period on the sidelines, and Jurgen Klopp will no doubt ease the defender back into action. But one of the things noticeable about Flanagan is that he has this great first time ball that can put the side on the front foot. The first notable thing he did last night was play a 30-yard pass into the path of Christian Benteke which switched the emphasis of the play at that moment in the game. One feels that as he gets fitter, he could be a useful asset for the side. 

Fringe players could help Benteke get best out of himself

It wasn't the best night for the Belgian in front of goal, but it's hard to think of a game where he had as many chances. Brad Smith providing good delivery from the left and Jordon Ibe showing a willingness to get more crosses towards the Belgian. Now, Benteke needs to step things up himself. Last night's performance missed a goal, though he did contribute in both the opening and final goal.

Klopp's gamble paid off

A number of first team players fresh for a couple of big games - including the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Stoke City, first team experience for youngsters with a couple getting themselves on the scoresheet, and Liverpool still competing on all fronts. It may have taken an extra game to get there, but Jurgen Klopp's gamble with a much-changed side has ultimately paid off. 

Joe Allen puts his hand up for more regular game time 

It was a bizarre statistic I was trying to work out last night, but I reckon Joe Allen has now become Liverpool's top scoring central midfielder for the season - and both of his goals have come in the space of a week. It's more of a damning indictment of Liverpool's lack of goalscoring prowess from that area of the team but the Welshman has shown he offers something in that department at least as the Reds have struggled in front of goal this season. He will be hoping that his early withdrawal is a sign that he will be used in the coming matches in some way.

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