Double delight for Liverpool as Minamino scores, while Everton are knocked out of Carabao Cup
In keeping with their valuation of the Carabao Cup, Liverpool fielded an understrength side containing the likes of 16-year-old Kaide Gordon, 18-year-old Conor Bradley, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against the Canaries, but were still able to pull off a 3-0 victory.
The player of the game was undoubtedly Japanese forward Takumi Minamino, who scored twice (4’, 80’), while Divock Origi also put a ‘BEST BUY’ sign on himself ahead of the January transfer window with a pinpoint header in the 50th minute.
WATCH: Klopp is full of praise for Minamino after brace against Norwich
Minamino, who made his first appearance of the season, came in for praise from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who said of the 26-year-old: “He is in a really good moment; I know he didn’t play too much, but in the wrong moment he was injured, coming back and stuff like this.
“It is sometimes not so easy, but he is a top character and he enjoyed the game tonight. That was important for him and important for us, so that will help him and will help us.
“The first one, (he showed) really good awareness, quick in mind, finished the situation off. The second one I didn’t really see 100 per cent but the acceleration in the box in the short, small space was really good.
“He was really good in pre-season, then he started, got injured and now the rest of the season starts. Nobody needs to worry, Taki will be fine.”
WATCH: Throwback to Minamino's goal against Blackpool in 2020
Who won’t be fine, however, are Everton fans, after their team was knocked out of the Carabao Cup by championship side QPR on penalties.
With nothing to separate the two sides after 90 minutes – the match finished 2-2 – it was left to the lottery of the penalty shootout to decide who would progress to the next round of the competition.
And it was QPR’s Jimmy Dunne who scored the winning spot-kick, after Tom Davies missed his for Everton.
This humiliating defeat caps off a bad week for Everton, who were soundly beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa in the Premier League last weekend.
Naturally, the result proved to be a popular one with the Red side of Merseyside, as Liverpool fans quickly took to Twitter to troll Everton, whose last silverware was the 1995 FA Cup.
Meanwhile, current Carabao Cup holders Man City continued their strange love affair with the competition, as they decimated Wycombe Wanderers 6-1, with goals coming from Kevin De Bruyne (29’), Riyad Mahrez (43’, 83’), Phil Foden (45’), Ferran Torres (71’) and Cole Palmer (88’).
WATCH: Highlights of Man City's 6-1 win over Wycombe
That Man City fielded such a strong squad came of something as a surprise, following comments made before the game by manager Pep Guardiola about needing to play “young players” because he didn’t have “any alternative”.
The Carabao Cup continues tomorrow morning (SGT), with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all in action.