Aussies Abroad: Smith sparks Liverpool win

The 21-year-old full-back again played a critical role as Liverpool advanced to the FA Cup fourth round at the second time of asking

Socceroos left-back Brad Smith has put in another sparkling display for Liverpool, as the Premier League club defeated Exeter City in the FA Cup.

Smith set up Liverpool's first goal in their 3-0 victory in a third round replay at Anfield on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEDT), while the 21-year-old completed a full shift for Jurgen Klopp's side.

 

Playing a one-two with Christian Benteke on the edge of the box, Smith got to the byline before his cutback was beautifully placed for Joe Allen to tap home.

It was the standout moment in another assured performance from the Sydneysider, who has given Klopp a genuine alternative to starting left-back Alberto Moreno for the rest of the Premier League campaign.

 

Smith was particularly busy in the first half, overlapping regularly down the left and whipping in crosses, although he seemed more cautious after the interval.

Wednesday's performance followed on from the Australian's vital equaliser in the initial tie against Exeter earlier this month, which saved Liverpool from FA Cup elimination.

Liverpool's win sets up a fourth round clash at home to West Ham.

 

Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Mark Schwarzer watched from the bench as Leicester City were bundled out by Tottenham, going down 2-0 at home.