Norwich City 0-3 Liverpool: Ratings as backup brigade comes through in Carabao Cup

During Jürgen Klopp’s reign, League Cup performances have always counted for more than results. But this visit to Carrow Road saw Liverpool satisfy in both regards.

A much-changed team saw a very young right-hand side, flanking some more experienced, established first teamers including Takumi Minamino, who reacted quickly to open the scoring within five minutes.

The first-half continued in an open fashion, and Norwich should have equalised when Caoimhín Kelleher produced a penalty save to preserve his side’s lead.

Just as they had the first, Liverpool opened the second half with a goal – this time Divock Origi flicking home after Kostas Tsimikas’ cross.


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And the Japanese international, Minamino, secured himself a brace late on, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain released him on the run.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, as the Reds progressed.

Norwich must be sick of the sight of us…

Here are your first domestic cup ratings of the season:

Starting XI

Queev 7 – Some good early handling and an impressive penalty save, even if the latter only made up for spilling a stop that should have been tipped behind.

Bradley 6 – Started very brightly but lost his way a little after giving away the penalty. Moments of real promise, though.

Ibou 6.5 – Physically dominant but naïvely stepped up from the rest of the defensive line on a couple of occasions.

JoGo 8 – Displayed a dominant showing with the captain’s armband on, compounded by a couple of key blocks following the penalty save. Man of the match.

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Shimmy Cash 7.5 – Delightful stand-up ball found Origi for the second.

Ox 6 – Unfortunately did not seize his chance back in the first team, even if the Reds’ number 15 was involved in the third goal. Some poor decision making.

CJ 7.5 – The youngster showcased some nice moments on-ball, as well as an improved use of his body strength. Played a deeper role than usual.

Nabs 6.5 – Quieter than the Guinean’s Saturday cameo, but fairly efficient.

Gordon 7 – Impressive work-rate and came close to becoming Liverpool’s youngest scorer once or twice.

Taki 7.5 – Two very composed finishes, even if the Japanese wasn’t always otherwise involved. Came up good when his side needed him.

Divvy 7.5 – Won the first header for the visitors’ opener before winning the crucial, placed header to double the lead. Involved heavily throughout.

Subs

Robbo 7 – Some precise work down the left flank. Is he getting worried about Tsimikas’ consistently strong performances?

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Morton 7 – A couple of quick, meaty challenges. Impressed in a deeper position than he is used to playing with the academy sides.

Hendo N/A – On in injury time. Might have kicked the ball once.


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