Liverpool barely broke out of first gear as they defeated Norwich City 3-0 on Tuesday evening to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
A Takumi Minamino brace and solitary Divock Origi strike helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to a routine victory over the Canaries, though things could have been different on the night.
Norwich missed a penalty thee minutes before half-time which, if converted, would have levelled the scores.
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There were also first-team debuts at Carrow Road for youngsters Conor Bradley and Kaide Gordon, who both caught the eye during the contest.
Here is how the national media reacted to the Reds’ win.
The perfect night for Jurgen Klopp
Tom Roddy of The Times wrote:
“The scoreboard was a familiar sight to Liverpool’s last visit to Carrow Road a month ago but those that provided it were different.
“This was the perfect Carabao Cup night for Jürgen Klopp, a month on from the 3-0 victory over Norwich City in the opening game of the Premier League season, as his superstars stayed at home while a trio of teenagers were introduced and the understudies were allowed to shine.
“Takumi Minamino has been far from contention this season, after injury and form unsettled his start at Anfield, but he finished the night with two goals in his first appearance of the campaign, either side of a clinical Divock Origi header.”
Depth for a serious tilt
Nick Ames of The Guardian wrote:
“Greek internationals of vast promise graced both halves of the pitch, but gifts were only sent one way. Liverpool cruised into the fourth round and suggested that, should they fancy it, they have the depth for a serious tilt at their first League Cup win since 2012.
“A relatively experienced side made light work of opponents who are evidently low on morale, repeating the scoreline recorded in the Premier League iteration of this fixture five and-a-half weeks ago.
“Kostas Tsimikas stole the show, suggesting again that he is a more than capable deputy for Andy Robertson, and was directly responsible for two goals.
“But fate hit his compatriot Christos Tzolis, a vaunted 19‑year‑old who cost Norwich £10m from PAOK last month, rather more cruelly.”
Early glimpses of the next generation
Jamie Braidwood of The Independent wrote:
“While Liverpool’s second trip to Norwich this season produced the same 3-0 result, it was a trio of teenage debutants who provided the intrigue.
“These two sides met in the Premier League a little over a month ago and a replay in the Carabao Cup this soon was hardly in high-demand, but it is in the early glimpses of the next generation that offer contests of this nature value that is often in short supply.
“At Carrow Road, it was 16-year-old Kaide Gordon and 18-year-old Conor Bradley who were the fresh faces and new names on the Liverpool team sheet, while Tyler Morton, also 18, was a half-time substitute.
“All three more than held their own on what was a positive evening for Jurgen Klopp, as Liverpool’s next generation contributed to a comfortable away win.”
A lesson in finishing
Jim White of The Telegraph wrote:
“A packed Carrow Road was right to groan. Because moments later, Origi delivered a lesson in finishing, planting a perfect header into the corner of the net from Tsimikas’s invitation of a cross.
“Minamino added a third after he skipped through to poke the ball beyond Gunn. A search party is still out attempting to track down where any of Farke’s back three were as those goals were dispatched.
“But what appeared to please Klopp most about this win was the performance of Gordon. Not 17 until next month, he is the fifth youngest player ever to play for Liverpool.
“Smart, clever, full of adventure, he looked more than good value for the £100,000 his debut cost the club, a desperately welcome cash injection for Derby County.”Internet Explorer Channel Network