The France global suffered a calf injury in the Goodison Park outfit's 3-1 victory against Chelsea in early December and hasn't featured since.
Everton were profligate in the first half, and Calvert-Lewin - their form man - was particularly wasteful. I told the boys they I have to be proud of them as they were exceptional'.
Despite the much-changed side it was normal service at Anfield for the Reds, with 18-year-old Curtis Jones curling home a spectacular second-half victor to send the club through to the fourth round. A team containing players like Digne, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, and pretty much the rest of their usual starting team should not be losing to a Liverpool side that contained only a handful of senior starters. "It was to play a good game". A superb second-half showing embarrassed an increasingly frustrated Everton.
"We had a lack of energy and it was there that we lost the game".
Even former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher was playing devil's advocate. "Everyone is behind him, he is behind the team so we are together, we are like a rock at the moment and it's hard to break a rock". He can't wait to play in the first team.
"He's the best right now because he got a lot of stuff here", Adrian said. It was outstanding. I loved it. We never take it (the cup) for granted. "I loved each second of it".
Liverpool stayed patient in pursuit of an opener following a strong start to the second period and their moment came when Jones traded passes with Origi 20 yards from goal and whipped a sensational, curling effort over the scrambling Pickford. Good, rightly so. He's in a very good way.
"He has made big steps, he will be a Liverpool player if nothing odd happens - 100 per cent".
"That he scored this kind of goal, I'm not surprised".