Liverpool are looking ready for a cup run. The Reds fielded a heavily rotated and youthful side against Norwich City but they still eased to victory. Takumi Minamino proved Jürgen Klopp right with his performance against Norwich.
Norwich 0-3 Liverpool
This has been a tough start to the season for the Canaries.
Liverpool beat them at Carrow Road 3-0 on opening day and this week they repeated the trick in the EFL Cup.
The scoring was opened after just four minutes when Takumi Minamino swivelled in the box, firing a loose ball home from close range.
The hosts did have a good chance to level. However, Caoimhin Kelleher pulled out a rabona to save a penalty.
Just a few minutes into the second half and Divock Origi doubled the Reds’ lead. The Belgian headed home an exquisite Kostas Tsimikas cross.
Liverpool remained on top until Taki made it three when he shoved the ball past the keeper 10 minutes from time.
Takumi Minamino proves Jürgen Klopp right
Prior to the EFL Cup tie we hadn’t seen Taki in action this season, he hasn’t appeared in the league since May.
Ahead of the game Pep Lijnders relayed that Jürgen Klopp had commented of Minamino, “wow, the amount of times Taki comes one-v-one against the goalkeeper.”
Against Norwich we saw Taki prove the boss right, he was always getting into dangerous positions, as evidenced by his two goals.
His second half strike was particularly impressive; he drifted into the right position at the right time and kept his head to slot past the keeper.
It was a game to show us that Taki is still here and still in contention, if he keeps this up he could be a handy rotation option for the league.