Liverpool warm up for Norwich City clash with FA Cup win over Exeter
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Liverpool warmed up for their Premier League trip to Norwich City with a 3-0 victory over Exeter in the FA Cup.
Joe Allen's opener in the 10th minute gave a youthful Reds team the lead in the third round replay at Anfield but it wasn't until the 74th minute that the victory became more comfortable.
Sheyi Ojo doubled the lead and Portuguese midfielder Joao Teixeira completed the victory eight minutes later to end the League Two side's resistance.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and £32million striker Christian Benteke were the biggest names on show for the hosts, although the former Aston Villa star had a mixed night.
The tall 25-year-old cleverly played in Australian left-back Brad Smith to cross for the opening goal but also missed a glaring headed chance and looked to be lacking in confidence.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: 'We could have scored more goals of course in the first half, second half too we had opportunities and chances but as time went on they had a few counter-attacks and we lost a little bit of control of the game.
'But they did really well and it's still a short time that we work together with these boys and it was good. They showed that they are talented and have really big skills, but they showed too that they have to work and that's how it should be.'
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Klopp did praise Benteke despite him going without a goal though.
'I saw him after the game, he was in good shape,' Klopp added, speaking to BT Sport. 'There were a lot of situations at the beginning of the game where the referee said Christian made a foul – it was not easy for him, but he got 92 minutes and that was important for me.
'It would have been good for him and us had he scored tonight, but he worked the spaces around the box well. Whenever a striker doesn't score he's not satisfied. That's normal.'
Liverpool will now face West Ham in the fourth round, at Anfield, on Saturday, January 30.
The Reds take on Norwich at Carrow Road in league action on Saturday, in an earlier 12.45pm kick-off.