Manager Jurgen Klopp challenged his Liverpool youngsters and fringe players to prove themselves against League Two side Exeter City, and at the second time of asking, they delivered.
After an erratic first leg in which they drew 2-2 away from home, Liverpool dominated the second leg and won 3-0, with a scoreline which really could have been higher.
Young goalscorers Sheyi Ojo and Joao Teixeira took obvious plaudits, but one more under the radar performance was that of midfielder Kevin Stewart.
Stewart was part of Tottenham Hotspur's academy, before being tempted to leave and join the Reds, and has had to make do with loan spells in order to get first team football.
The benefits of these showed last night, with Stewart looking assured shielding the back four and breaking up play. It was his tackle which led to Sheyi Ojo scoring the second and putting the result of tie beyond doubt.
Whether it is enough to persuade his manager to give him further opportunities remains unclear, and a tie against West Ham in the next round dictates a likely change in team selection.
Stewart though did himself plenty of favours with his display, and appears to have won the approval of the fan base.
Here is a look at how supporters reacted on Twitter to his performance...
Massively impressed with Kevin Stewart in the middle of the park! #LFC— Jack Waite (@JackWaite13) January 20, 2016
Been really impressed with Kevin Stewart tonight, no silly fouls, kept possession quite well, breaking up the play when needed... #LFC— ben (@BenMatthews__) January 20, 2016
Kevin Stewart looks a proper midfielder, didn't realise he was 22 though, and Texeira, 23, they were kids a minute ago— Ricky Mann (@RickyMann4) January 20, 2016
Really impressed with Kevin Stewart. Both today and in the first tie. So assured and confident on the ball. #talent— Bleed Liverpool Red (@joshsawyer) January 20, 2016
After this performance, I'd love to see Kevin Stewart get a chance in the first team. Lovely on the ball and distributes really well #LFC— Jack Benyon (@Benyon24) January 20, 2016
Kevin Stewart was quietly excellent in midfield tonight. Very strong performance.— ️ (@RedRegista) January 20, 2016
I wonder why liverpool fans always hyped jordan rossiter bt didnt even care that kevin Stewart existed..he is boss mates— ALBERT KWARTENG (@albertDaRealist) January 21, 2016
Kevin Stewart is as good as Francis Coquelin but Liverpool fans aren't overhyping the life out of him— DB (@DomBobb18) January 21, 2016
Kevin Stewart take a bow. That's how to take your opportunity with both hands. Great performance. #LFC— Michael Meadows (@mike_meadows) January 20, 2016
Kevin Stewart was decent too, but you don't know whether he was decent because he has the quality or whether that's his standard.— Dan Dainty (@DDainty4) January 20, 2016