Five things we learnt from the EFL Cup Round of 16

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Lots of youngsters on the verge of breaking through

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One of the recurring themes of the week was managers rotating their teams to give youngsters a chance.

The most notable match for this was Liverpool vs. Spurs, a game in which Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino both made wholesale changes, with the home side thrusting in the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria, while the travelling Londoners afforded Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Winks minutes.

Elsewhere, Arsenal used Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Southampton named five products of their famed youth academy in the starting XI and even Manchester City found space for Aleix Garcia and Pablo Maffeo during their clash with Manchester United.

It won’t be long until we see some of these players in regular Premier League action.

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