Aston Villa's kids gave Jurgen Klopp's champs a real scare before they were shot down in a ruthless five-minute blast.
Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah got the job done with three goals early in the second half.
Villa turned in a great display and gave Klopp plenty to think about by punching way above their weight and going in level at half-time.
James Milner probably owns socks older than most of the kids Villa sent out on this FA Cup mercy mission.
Seven teenagers including a 16-year-old in the starting line-up didn't auger well for Covid-ravaged Villa.
Manager Dean Smith and all his first-team stars watching in isolation at home must have feared the worst as Villa's youngsters stepped out without one minute's first-team experience against a strong Liverpool side.
Many of them weren't even born when former Villa star Milner made his debut for Leeds as a 16-year-old back in 2002.
At least the 35-year-old former England international would have known exactly how they were feeling even though the sympathy probably stopped there.
It's not long ago that Klopp's Champions were slaughtered 7-2 here in the League and when he fielded a team of rookies in the Carabao Cup they lost 5-0.
With many predicting a cricket score perhaps the public address system operator had it right after all. He played The Who anthem The Kids Are Alright just before kick-off – and they were.
Stand-in boss Mark Delaney must have been proud as punch as his men refused to shrink and went in at half-time level thanks to a brilliant equaliser from 17-year-old Louie Barry.
It had all looked horribly ominous when the visitors took the lead after just four minutes when Mane headed home a Curtis Jones cross from close range.
Keeper Akos Anodi kept them in it with a couple of crucial stops from Fabinho and Salah. Villa's babes grew in confidence and then rocked Liverpool with an absolutely superb goal from the lad they got from Barcelona.
Barry showed why he's been tipped for big things when he raced onto a beautiful through ball from Callum Rowe.
He threaded it straight through the middle allowing Barry to get the wrong side of Rhys Williams and put himself in a one-on-one with keeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
He kept his head, waited for exactly the right moment and stroked it past the advancing keeper to level things up four minutes before the interval.
Klopp didn't need to tell his men that they needed to step things up and they did, killing the game off in emphatic fashion with a quickfire triple-blast.
Wijnaldum lit the fuse, scoring with a low shot from the edge of the box to restore Liverpool's lead on the hour and they then hit Villa with another two goals inside five minutes.
Mane looped a header home from Shaqiri's cross on 63 minutes and two minutes later Salah's low shot flew into the bottom of the net after another assist from Shaqiri.
It was all over with any question of a fightback completely extinguished but Villa emerged with great credit. The Kids were Alright.
ASTON VILLA(4-5-1):ONODI 8; Walker 7 (E Rowe 74), Bridge 7, Revan 7, C Rowe 7; Sylla 7, Raikhy 7, Bogarde 7, Kesler 7, Chrisene 7 (Young 61, 7); Barry 8. Subs: Zych, Jay-Hart, Sohna, Tait, Young, Swinkels, Ealing, Lindley.
LIVERPOOL(4-3-3):Kelleher 7, N Williams 7, R Williams 7, Fabinho 7, Milner 7; Henderson 6 (Thiago 46, 6), Wijnaldum 7, Jones 7 (Firmino 61, 6); MANE 8 (Origi 74), Minamino 7 (Shaqiri 61, 7), Salah 7 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 74). Subs: Alisson, Robertson, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold.
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