Five things learned about Liverpool in their 2-0 win over Leeds United in the EFL Cup

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their first goal with Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool were 2-0 winners over Leeds United at Anfield as they booked their place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.

Ben Woodburn will have rightly woken up to all of the back pages focusing on him becoming the youngest ever goal-scorer for Liverpool, but he was not the only young player on show at Anfield last night.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made a total of eight changes from the starting XI that overcame Sunderland at the weekend which saw the likes of Ovie Ejara, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kevin Stewart all got the opportunity to get some more senior experience, while several of the fringe players were given an opportunity to stake a claim for the first-team.

It was hardly a vintage Liverpool performance, but in the end it was enough to get the job done against a spirited Leeds United side, with Garry Monk's men showing they are at least heading in the right direction under his management in the Championship. 

Divock Origi tapped home from close range following Alexander-Arnold's cross 15 minutes from time prior to Woodburn's historic moment to secure the Reds' place in the last four. 

Here are five things worth noting from Liverpool's display: 

Team selection

Leeds' Marco Silvestri saves from Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum

It was interesting to see both Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can get another start together. Whether this is competition for a place in the side for the weekend's trip to Bournemouth with Adam Lallana not far away from a return from a groin injury, or a simple case of Klopp wanting the pair to have more game time together remains to be seen, but on last night's evidence it seemed as though the Dutchman shone more. 

He was the more threatening having forced Marco Silvestri into an early save and hitting the woodwork prior to the Reds taking the lead and he laid on the assist for Woodburn's historic strike. Can looked more at home when he took on Kevin Stewart's role after he was withdrawn.

Sadio Mane's selection was also interesting and his influence grew as the game went on but he never really looked that comfortable. At times it looked as if he was a strike partner for Divock Origi

Some players too keen, when the basics would have done nicely:

In a way, it is not a bad thing to be keen to impress, but there are times when players can overdo things. There were several examples of this last night from Liverpool, and it came from some players that had more first team appearances under their belts than others. Can could sometimes be a culprit, although the best example was arguably Ejaria.

He showed he has some quality with a wonderful ball to pick out Wijnaldum for an early chance, but there were times when he'd try and overcomplicate things by turning into trouble or holding the ball up too much. Divock Origi was doing it further up the field too! A little more simplicity to their play could be in order, but with a bit more experience that will come. 

Liverpool's Divock Origi scores their first goal

As soon as Liverpool became more direct, the more potent and threatening they became

The Reds got a wake-up call in the second half when Leeds almost took the lead through a curling Kemar Roofe effort early in the second half. Things stepped up a bit, Liverpool went more direct and were more willing to take on players. Passes became that little bit sharper, as did the movement, and the chances started to come a bit more frequently.

A sense of identity running through the squad 

Even if it was not the best performance, it was not too dissimilar to some of the performances served up by the first-team this season. The players on show against Leeds showed their ability to grind like those against Sunderland at the weekend. Liverpool looked fitter going into the closing stages, their pace became an asset and the deadlock was uncannily broken by the same man during the same period of the game.

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal

Another option for Liverpool's forward line truly emerges?

More of a question than something learned, granted, but it is too tempting a point not to consider. One must not put too much pressure on Woodburn but it was an encouraging display that did not really have any flash to it. As soon as he was facing goal he was eager to step things up a little, but was clear in his mind that otherwise he was just going to find a red shirt whenever he had the ball.

With Danny Ings sidelined for the rest of the season, and Philippe Coutinho currently out until the New Year - along with Sadio Mane's absence in January when he goes to the Africa Cup of Nations - there could be an opportunity for some more game time if Woodburn continues to impress.

Keen watchers of Liverpool's under-23 side have been excited by Woodburn's progress, and he stood out during pre-season too. Maybe, just maybe, he could be an option from the bench when things are a little thin on the ground and Klopp needs to take one of his front line players off in the closing stages. 

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