Liverpool comfortably beat Norwich City 3-0 on Tuesday evening in the EFL Cup. Here are our three standout players from the win.
Caoimhin Kelleher was pretty much perfect against Norwich City. It’s not easy for a goalkeeper to step into a senior game like this, having not featured at all this season.
But Kelleher shone brightly. His sweeping, in particular, was outstanding in that first half.
Norwich twice caught out Liverpool’s high line with a pass over the top. Both times, however, their 22-year-old goalkeeper charged out to head clear. He timed each occasion perfectly and dealt with them as well as Alisson would have.
Then, of course, came the penalty save. It was a brilliant adjustment from Kelleher, who actually dove out of the way. He was able to correct his feet in midair, though, to keep it out.
But overall, the Irishman came across as composed and reliable. He seem ready for regular Premier League football – if he can somehow overcome Alisson.
This was Takumi Minamino’s first Liverpool appearance since starting in a 7-0 win over Crystal Palace on Boxing Day. It’s quite a bizarre statistic.
Minamino had a chance to show that he’s improved and adapted to Premier League football since then, though. We think he took that chance.
No, he didn’t look levels above everyone else but Minamino put in a fine performance. He pressed well, moved with the ball comfortably, and played a couple of positions.
Above all, Minamino found the space to score twice in the 3-0 win over Norwich. Each one was a composed finish and suggested Liverpool can rely on him in front of goal. Was this enough to play Premier League and Champions League football? It’s hard to tell.
But he certainly played well and made a strong case for himself.
Joe Gomez captained Liverpool here and didn’t look out of place in the role. The 24-year-old feels like a natural leader and one who can command a defence.
We won’t quite label him the perfect successor to Virgil van Dijk but Gomez is heading in that direction. You’ve got to remember that he’s still working his way back from a serious injury.
Gomez’s defending here was really, really good. His positioning is fantastic at times and he’s wonderfully aggressive once his confidence is flowing.
Gomez certainly put pressure on Joel Matip and Vani Dijk with this one. Liverpool are just blessed for elite defenders.