Liverpool were absolutely scintillating following a 7-2 victory against Lincoln City to progress into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Here is a look at five things we learned from the win at the LNER Stadium.
It was a performance of the highest order from Jurgen Klopp’s Reds despite the boss making 10 changes to the team that triumphed over Chelsea at the weekend.
At times, it was breathtaking from Liverpool, who from start-to-finish set the tone and gave the impressive League One outfit a footballing lesson.
7-2 certainly didn’t flatter Liverpool who were on the money straight from kick-off.
It’s a win that will inject enormous confidence around the camp and one that vindicated the incredible job overseen by Klopp as the smart recruitment and developing of young talent has provided the manager with an array of depth as the squad currently at Klopp’s disposal is remarkable.
Klopp is spoilt for options
When any manager makes wholesale changes there are always fears that standards will drop. This certainly wasn’t the case with Virgil van Dijk the only survivor from the starting XI at Stamford Bridge.
Debutants Kostas Tsimikas and Rhys Williams were absolutely outstanding while Adrian also produced an impressive display between the sticks, especially in the second half.
Marko Grujic was in a Liverpool starting XI for the first time in three years yet it hardly showed as the Serbian international was flawless. He controlled the tempo of the game and gave Klopp a timely reminder of the quality he can offer when called upon.
Xherdan Shaqiri also stepped up to the mark after featuring for Liverpool for the first time this season. With the attacking addition of Diogo Jota, Shaqiri knew he couldn’t be seen hiding and his sumptuous free-kick got the ball rolling for Klopp.
Curtis Jones a special talent
Having been tipped for a more prominent role under Klopp this season, Jones is showcasing exactly why there is such a buzz surrounding the West Derby midfielder.
The Liverpool academy graduate was dazzling. On and off the ball, he was a step above the rest. He played with a swagger that had a number of Lincoln players in utter bemusement and both of his stunning goals were of the highest order.
He completed more dribbles, had more shots and won more fouls than any Liverpool player according to WhoScored.
If Jones continues to put in performances like this, then there is every chance he will give Klopp a selection headache or two when it comes to naming his Premier League XI let alone the domestic cups.
Rhys Williams steps up
What a debut from 19-year-old Rhys Williams. With Klopp’s central defensive options waring thin, Liverpool needed to see a confident centre-back performance. Thankfully the teenager provided it.
Williams had ice running through his veins and alongside Van Dijk in the first-half was utterly imperious. In possession, he was totally faultless and utilised the ball extremely well. His long-range pass to find Divock Origi which led to the fourth goal was nothing shy of inch-perfect
Alongside both Van Dijk and Fabinho Williams was commanding, and did well to cut out crosses which came his way.
This is exactly what you want to see from a young performer grabbing his opportunity with both hands to star alongside a squad that is littered in serial winners.
Well in Williams, you did yourself proud.
Talk about what goals can do for confidence. Minamino has looked a player transformed ever since he scored his first Liverpool goal against Arsenal in the Community Shield.
Against Lincoln, Minamino took the game to the opposition and the Japanese international oozed quality throughout.
Two goals and an assist, Minamino showcased why in time he can be a real asset for Klopp this season.
With momentum on his side, it is scary to think how good the former RB Salzburg star can continue to get.
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