It was seven heaven for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool after the Reds put in a breathtaking performance to overcome Lincoln City in a 7-2 win to progress into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Xherdan Shaqiri opened proceedings with a stunning free-kick before Takumi Minamino curled in a delicious strike into the top corner to give Liverpool an early lead. Curtis Jones bagged an emphatic brace with almost two identical finishes to give Liverpool a commanding 4-0 lead at half time.
The goals didn’t stop in the second-half with Minamino adding to his total inside just 20 seconds of the restart. Lincoln to their credit, fought back and forced goalkeeper Ardian into a number of fine saves. In the end, though, Liverpool were just too dominant with Marko Grujic and Divock Origi also getting on the scoresheet.
Liverpool’s newest recruit Diogo Jota may not have made the starting XI, but the Portugal international was handed his Reds debut just five days after completing his £41 million move from Wolves.
The 23-year-old couldn’t hide his delight after being handed his inaugural Liverpool bout on Thursday night.
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Hopefully, there are plenty more appearances where that came from. Jota followed his Liverpool debut with a social media post.
There was also a rare appearance from midfielder Grujic who featured in Klopp’s starting XI for the first time in three years and it certainly didn’t show following an accomplished performance from the Serbian international.
The 24-year-old oozed control in the middle of the park and was able to dictate the tempo of play to Liverpool’s advantage.
He even scored his first goal for the club after seeing his effort in the second half beat Lincoln goalkeeper Alex Palmer.
Grujic was delighted to return into the Liverpool mix and he was quick to take to social media following the victory.
It was midfielder Jones who was the standout performer on the night following two sensational strikes from outside the box.
The 19-year-old made more dribbles, had more shots and won more fouls than any Liverpool player on the pitch.
Jones also took to social media to react on what a complete performance to a Liverpool team that saw Klopp make 10 changes to the team that beat Chelsea on the weekend.
Minamino, Shaqiri and Origi were also on the scoresheet for Liverpool and the attacking trio also celebrated the win on social media.
Liverpool are now into the fourth round and host Arsenal at Anfield with the date still undetermined as it will follow the Premier League fixture between the two teams on Monday.
Liverpool have earnt themselves a few days of rest before Mikel Arteta and Arsenal make the trip up north in a titanic PL instalment at the home of the English champions.
The victory also maintains Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season following victories against Leeds United and Chelsea in the league.
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