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Sturridge grabs brace as Liverpool run riot while new Chelsea signing impresses in nervy win

Meanwhile, Peter Cruch scored a hat-trick for Stoke on a busy Tuesday night.

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DANIEL STURRIDGE SCORED twice as Liverpool strolled into the League Cup third round with a 5-0 win at Burton Albion, while Chelsea edged third-tier Bristol Rovers 3-2.

Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Sturridge all scored as Liverpool, last season’s beaten finalists, crushed Championship side Burton, who are managed by ex-Liverpool midfielder Nigel Clough.

Michy Batshuayi marked his full Chelsea debut with a brace against Bristol Rovers, while Victor Moses was also on target as manager Antonio Conte enjoyed a third straight competitive win.

Premier League sides Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull City, Swansea City and Stoke City also went through, Peter Crouch scoring a hat-trick for Stoke in a 4-0 win at Stevenage.

But Watford and West Bromwich Albion were both taken to extra time by third-tier opposition, the former drawing 1-1 at home to Gillingham, the latter held 2-2 at Northampton Town.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp handed a debut to Cameroonian centre-back Joel Matip and welcomed back Senegalese winger Sadio Mane following a shoulder injury at Burton’s Pirelli Stadium.

Mane teed up Origi to break the deadlock with a clever back-heel in the 15th minute before Nathaniel Clyne crossed for Firmino to head in the visitors’ second goal.

A Tom Naylor own goal just after the hour made it 3-0 and Sturridge came off the bench to complete the rout with a late brace, tapping in James Milner’s cross and slamming home from Mane’s pass.

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers - EFL Cup - Second Round - Stamford Bridge Source: Andrew Matthews

At Stamford Bridge, Batshuayi put Chelsea ahead in the 29th minute by sweeping in Nemanja Matic’s cross and two minutes later Pedro Rodriguez set up Moses for a tap-in.

Batshuayi claimed a second from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s cross, but Bristol Rovers scored either side through Peter Hartley and Ellis Harrison to keep Conte’s men on their toes until the final whistle.

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