Rodgers named eight teenagers in the matchday squad, handing a debut to 18 year old Samed Yesil up front.
Despite a nightmare start, going behind after just three minutes, Liverpool’s young side showed superb ability to grow into the game and dominate the match. There were impressive performances especially from centre back Sebastian Coates and winger Ousamma Assaidi.
On loan midfielder Nuri Sahin scored the goals, equalising from long range in the first half and finishing from close range after superb work by substitute Suso who played in Assaidi to square the ball to cap a superb goal.
History was made on 81 minutes as Jerome Sinclair became Liverpool’s youngest ever player, replacing Yesil, just a week after his 16th birthday.
The likes of Sahin and Assaidi made strong cases for their inclusion against Norwich this weekend, in the absence of Borini and Shelvey. While Suso again showed his creativity in his short cameo.
Another positive was keeper Brad Jones who recovered from his early error to put in a solid display. While Coates seems to be improving with each game he plays and too is likely to face Norwich if Agger is out.
Rodgers said after “I think it was a symbolic night because it shows how fast we are moving as a group.”
After the match, Liverpool were drawn at home to Swansea in the next round.
Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Coates, Carragher, Robinson; Sahin, Henderson; Downing, Pacheco (Suso 81), Assaidi, Yesil (Sinclair 81).
Subs not used: Gulacsi, Wilson, Coady, Sama, Sterling.