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Summary

  1. Both teams make two changes
  2. Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, De Roon, Forshaw, Traore, Fischer, Negredo
  3. Liverpool drop goalkeeper Karius to bench
  4. Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Origi

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    Lallana

    That was emphatic, dominant, clinical, just impressive.

    Adam Lallana takes the headlines and Jurgen Klopp's decision to drop Loris Karius results in a clean sheet.

    Middlesbrough fans, I feel for you. The first half gave some hope, a few chances, a little energy. After the break it was dismal though, chasing shadows. As things stand Boro will be 17th and in need of a fine festive period.

    Liverpool are second and, importantly, back to winning ways.

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    David Simpson: If Liverpool keep a clean sheet, Mignolet and Klavan almost definitely keep their place.

    Salman Jeffer: Lallana and Origi might steal the headlines tonight but there's no doubt that Mane has been the most influential player tonight.

    KoloKK: Adam Lallana... doff your hat. He's taken this game by the scruff of the neck.

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    SMS Message: If Klopp can mastermind such special football with the 'average' squad Liverpool have, imagine what he can do with world class players like Alexis Sanchez in the team. Don't see why any top player wouldn't want to be a part of his revolution come summer transfer window. from Ashwin, London
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    Klopp and Henderson
  4. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    Sadio Mane is looking for shooting space... nothing doing. He has wasted a fair few chances tonight, not that the travelling Liverpool fans will dwell on it too much.

  5. SUBSTITUTION

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    A slight concern for Liverpool fans as Divock Origi hobbles off to be replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold. Origi had called for treatment.

  6. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    Stewart Downing tries to show Liverpool why they paid so much money for him under Kenny Dalglish with a burst up the left. It comes to nothing, much like most of his play at Anfield did.

    This game is now dead. Turn the lights out.

  7. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    A lot of home fans are heading for the exit. They just watched Adama Traore get beyond James Milner but his cross was blocked.

  8. SUBSTITUTION

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    Well done Adam Lallana, that's the type of display that gets you a hug from Jurgen Klopp. Two goals, one assist. If only I had him in my fantasy football team.

    Lucas is on.

    Adam Lallana
  9. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    James Milner is forward from left back and wants a dig... it's blocked. Middlesbrough will get a reprieve and a foul on the break away kills the game briefly. Lucas is stripped off on the bench.

    Adam Forshaw shoots from long range, well wide.

  10. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    This fixture now resembles a pre-season friendly as Middlesbrough refuse to press - the life sucked out of them - and Liverpool have no need to force the situation.

    One wonders if Aitor Karanka should start trying to get further support to Alvaro Negredo in future fixtures as he has been so isolated tonight that the threat is non-existent.

    The Spaniard is taken off, Jordan Rhodes given the task of getting a hat-trick.

  11. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    As Liverpool's fans sing loudly in their section, one worries for Middlesbrough here. Aitor Karanka's side are getting pinned in, the shot count for the away side is growing. 

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool
  12. GOAL - Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana

    This is dominant stuff now. Middlesbrough are being beaten like one of Anthony Joshua's opponents. Again it's neat build-up and this time the roles reverse as Divock Origi puts it on a plate for Adam Lallana. The low cross is there to be side-footed home from six yards.

    Adam Lallana
    Liverpool celebrate Adam Lallana's goal
  13. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Liverpool

    Still Jurgen Klopp barks instruction. There just seems no way into this for Middlesbrough now. Still they find themselves chasing the ball as Liverpool's midfielders and full backs keep it for fun. Aitor Karanka looks on, a face of confusion and concern.

  14. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Liverpool

    Jurgen Klopp grabbed his assistant after that second goal. Perhaps he was worrying Liverpool's chances were coming and going with no reward. They blew a lead at Bournemouth remember. I'd be stunned if the same happens here.

  15. GOAL - Middlesbrough 0-2 Liverpool

    Divock Origi

    What a beautiful, beautiful goal. It's like a finely cooked turkey and a pristine bow on a Christmas tree. Joyous.

    Triangles. A lot of triangles. Sadio Mane to Georginio Wijnaldum, a first-time pass to Adam Lallana and his sweep across goal is prodded in first time by Divock Origi.

    Divock Origi
    Divock Origi
  16. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Liverpool

    In a nutshell, Middlesbrough offered something in the first half but Liverpool's grip is tightening. More of the ball, more territory, chances being created. 

    If you are just joining us, an Adam Lallana header is the difference.

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Liverpool
  17. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool fans are up off their seats expecting a second as Sadio Mane races clear but the flag goes up. Sit down, ladies and gents, nothing doing here.

  18. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Liverpool

    Middlesbrough's best moment of the second half and it's hardly all too inspiring as Fabio swings a cross in but it's too high for Alvaro Negredo.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Liverpool

    Viktor Fischer and Adam Clayton depart, Stewart Downing and Grant Leadbitter enter.