Takumi Minamino scored twice as a much-changed Liverpool aspect progressed to the fourth spherical of the Carabao Cup after a snug 3-0 win at Premier League rivals Norwich.
The Reds attacker scored a aim in both half, whereas Divock Origi was additionally on the scoresheet for a Liverpool aspect that included two debutants however gained at a canter – regardless of the Canaries lacking a first-half penalty.
The 2 sides made wholesale modifications for the sport at Carrow Highway, with the hosts additionally switching formation.
Solely Canaries captain Grant Hanley and Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour remained within the XI that misplaced to Watford final weekend and supervisor Daniel Farke ditched his ordinary 4-3-3 formation for 3 on the again.
Jurgen Klopp additionally made 9 modifications to the Liverpool aspect which beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday, with solely summer season signing Ibrahima Konate and left-back Kostas Tsimikas retaining their locations.
Joe Gomez wore the captain’s armband whereas Curtis Jones made his fiftieth time look for the membership and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was recalled. Kaide Gordon, 16, and fellow teenager Conor Bradley had been handed debuts by the Reds boss.
Japan worldwide Minamino fired the guests into an early lead at Carrow Highway.
The Reds compelled a nook inside two minutes and whereas that was cleared, their second within the fourth minute produced the opener.
Minamino strikes to interrupt impasse
Kostas Tsimikas picked out Divock Origi, who headed down for Minamino to drill house on the flip to place the guests in entrance.
Norwich squandered the prospect to stage earlier than half-time when Christos Tzolis had a penalty saved.
24′ – Gordon reveals wonderful shut management, drifting in from the suitable earlier than hitting a low, left-footed shot that goes simply vast of aim.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 21, 2021
Liverpool debutant Conor Bradley was the responsible occasion initially, failing to win the ball after difficult Dimitris Giannoulis.
Tzolis took accountability however noticed goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher save along with his legs earlier than Joe Gomez blocked Adam Idah’s follow-up effort to make sure it remained 1-0 to the guests.
Missed alternative prices Canaries
The Canaries squandered an important likelihood to attract stage simply after the break when Pierre Lees Melou blazed over from 10 yards.
They usually had been made to pay for that miss when Divock Origi grabbed Liverpool’s second minutes later.
A wonderful cross from Konstantinos Tsimikas was met by a high-quality glancing header from the Reds ahead to provide Liverpool a snug cushion.
Origi nearly grabbed a second in as many minutes when he flashed an effort vast of an open end-to-end encounter.
Any ideas Norwich had of mounting a fightback had been ended with 10 minutes to go when Minamino labored himself some area within the space earlier than poking previous Angus Gunn within the house aim.