Liverpool set up a fourth-round FA Cup tie against West Ham as they easily saw off League Two Exeter at Anfield.

It was one-way traffic as the hosts dominated, monopolising possession and their pace was too much for Exeter.

Allen put the Reds ahead, sweeping home from close range after good work by Brad Smith and Christian Benteke.

Sheyi Ojo, put through by Jordon Ibe, brilliantly curled in beyond Robert Olejnik, while Joao Teixeira sealed the victory with a calm finish.

Jurgen Klopp's men will now prepare to host West Ham, a side who have comfortably beaten them twice in the league this season, on 30 January.

All eyes on Benteke

Klopp fielded a slightly more experienced line-up than the one at Exeter, which had just three players boasting more than four first-team appearances.

Adam Bogdan paid the price for his poor performance in the original tie with regular goalkeeper Simon Mignolet stepping in as one of three changes, though the Belgium international was largely unemployed.

Allen, Jose Enrique and Ibe added Premier League know-how, though all eyes were on £32.5m striker Benteke who has been a substitute for many of Liverpool's biggest games this season.

The striker, criticised for his performances since his summer arrival, again failed to impose himself on the match. He had a number of chances - heading over the crossbar and into the side-netting, messing up when clear on goal after the break while failing to hit the target when clean through in stoppage time.

However, the 25-year-old - who Klopp said this week had a long-term future at Anfield - did play a part in the opening goal, feeding Smith as the Australian charged forward to cut back to Allen.

More to follow.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 56 Randall (Flanagan - 51' )
  • 26 Ilori
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 44 Smith
  • 32 Brannagan
  • 35 Stewart
  • 24 Allen (Ojo - 65' )
  • 33 Ibe (Chirivella - 79' )
  • 09 Benteke
  • 53 J. Teixeira

Substitutes

  • 34 Bogdan
  • 38 Flanagan
  • 40 Kent
  • 48 Sinclair
  • 54 Ojo
  • 57 Maguire
  • 68 Chirivella

Exeter City

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 06 Ribeiro
  • 39 Brown
  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 03 Woodman
  • 02 Butterfield (Hoskins - 45' )
  • 14 Nicholls
  • 08 Oakley (Wheeler - 64' )
  • 11 Davies
  • 10 Holmes
  • 13 Morrison (Nichols - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 05 McAllister
  • 16 Hoskins
  • 20 Nichols
  • 21 Hamon
  • 22 Wheeler
  • 26 Tillson
  • 31 Grant
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 43,292

Match Stats

Possession

61 39

Shots

26 6

On target

11 1

Corners

10 1

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 3, Exeter City 0.

90:00 +2:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Exeter City 0.

90:00 +1:19

Foul by Brad Smith (Liverpool).

90:00 +1:19

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:49

Attempt blocked. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

89:43

João Teixeira (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:43

Foul by Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City).

89:19

Foul by Brad Smith (Liverpool).

89:19

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:21

Attempt saved. João Teixeira (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brad Smith.

87:22

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan.

85:27

Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Ribeiro with a cross.

83:45

Offside, Liverpool. Kevin Stewart tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

81:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 3, Exeter City 0. João Teixeira (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke with a through ball.

80:02

Attempt blocked. Pedro Chirivella (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.

79:03

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

79:03

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Pedro Chirivella replaces Jordon Ibe.

78:06

Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:06

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

77:35

Attempt blocked. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:51

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

75:51

Troy Brown (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 2, Exeter City 0. Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

71:07

Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan.

71:04

Attempt missed. Cameron Brannagan (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

71:02

Attempt blocked. João Teixeira (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

68:45

Attempt blocked. Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:01

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Liverpool).

68:01

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Sheyi Ojo replaces Joe Allen.

63:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Matt Oakley.

63:02

Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Teixeira.

61:38

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Hoskins with a cross.

60:52

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

60:52

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:39

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Brad Smith.

59:13

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan.

55:40

Christian Benteke (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:40

Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

54:47

Tiago Ilori (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:47

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

53:57

Attempt missed. João Teixeira (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan with a cross following a corner.

53:21

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Troy Brown.

53:18

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan following a corner.

52:52

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Troy Brown.

50:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Jon Flanagan replaces Connor Randall.

49:41

Offside, Liverpool. Tiago Ilori tries a through ball, but Jordon Ibe is caught offside.

49:37

Attempt missed. Kevin Stewart (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

48:49

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

45:32

Attempt missed. Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 1, Exeter City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces Clinton Morrison.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Will Hoskins replaces Danny Butterfield.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 1, Exeter City 0.

44:23

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Allen.

43:43

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Liverpool).

43:43

Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:48

Brad Smith (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:48

Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

40:03

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Liverpool).

40:03

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:10

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan following a corner.

38:52

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Troy Brown.

38:30

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

38:27

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

37:54

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

37:53

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

34:26

Offside, Exeter City. Craig Woodman tries a through ball, but Troy Brown is caught offside.

33:49

Foul by Brad Smith (Liverpool).

33:49

Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:01

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

32:01

Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:54

Attempt missed. Cameron Brannagan (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Brad Smith.

27:08

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

27:08

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:41

Foul by José Enrique (Liverpool).

25:41

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:58

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

24:57

Attempt saved. Cameron Brannagan (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

24:52

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:37

Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:37

Foul by Arron Davies (Exeter City).

22:05

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan with a cross following a corner.

21:34

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Troy Brown.

20:42

Offside, Exeter City. Craig Woodman tries a through ball, but Lee Holmes is caught offside.

19:43

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

19:27

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Connor Randall.

18:22

Christian Benteke (Liverpool) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by João Teixeira with a cross.

16:03

Foul by Brad Smith (Liverpool).

16:03

Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 1, Exeter City 0. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Brad Smith.

7:49

Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:49

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Exeter City).

4:30

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin Stewart with a headed pass.

3:45

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

3:15

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

1:00

Foul by Alex Nicholls (Exeter City).

1:00

Tiago Ilori (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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