Curtis Jones struck a stunning winner as a youthful Liverpool side defeated Everton 1-0 in the Merseyside derby to seal their place in the FA Cup fourth round.

Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to his side to show that the FA Cup was perhaps not his top priority, with Harvey Elliot becoming Liverpool’s youngest-ever player in the competition at the age of 16 years and 276 days.

Mohamed Salah was rested while Sadio Mane was on the bench as the Reds rotated, while Everton sent out a strong starting line-up as Carlo Ancelotti took charge of his first Merseyside derby.

It was no surprise to see the Toffees start on the front foot with Dominic Calvert-Lewin denied by Adrian, who saved with his feet.

The Reds were forced into an early substitution, with James Milner adding to Klopp’s growing injury list, and on came 19-year-old Yassine Larouci for his debut.

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Everton kept throwing men forward and from a free-kick, they should have taken the lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick found Mason Holgate at the far post but the defender headed straight at Adrian.

Liverpool’s young side began to find their feet after a difficult opening with Neco Williams firing wide before Elliott showed glimpses of ability up against Lucas Digne.

Adrian was the hero again, this time to deny Richarlison and once again, with his feet, after the Brazilian’s powerful low strike from Theo Walcott’s cross.

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The second half was slightly less frenetic with Everton struggling to maintain the same frequency of chances they had in the first half.

Carlo Ancelotti threw caution to the wind with a double change, sending on Moise Kean and Fabian Delph, but neither had the desired impact.

With the game needing a moment of magic, it was 18-year-old Curtis Jones who provided it. Receiving the ball from Divock Origi on the edge of the area, the youngster curled a stunning effort and it nestled into the top corner off the bar.

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It was Jones’ first senior goal for his hometown club and the fans were sent into raptures with the 8,000 or so Everton fans silenced for the first time.

Everton’s efforts to find an equaliser were severely lacking as the under-strength Reds, against all the odds and without their attacking triumvirate, qualified for the fourth round at the expense of their city rivals thanks to the local boy Jones.

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