Norwich 0-3 Liverpool: player ratings, man of the match, heroes & villains of Carabao Cup tie

The Reds eased to a comfortable victory at Carrow Road.

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Liverpool are in the hat for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after a 3-0 win at Norwich City.

Takumi Minamino opened the scoring for the Reds in the fourth minute before Divock Origi doubled the lead on 50 minutes.

Then Minamino rounded off the comfortable victory with 10 minutes remaining with a smart finish.

The heroes

Takumi Minamino: the Japan international hasn’t had it easy since arriving at Anfield. However, his opening goal should boost his confidence. He showed intelligent movement to get free from a corner and fire home an instinctive finish. Minamino’s second effort was another clever finish when he showed composure to poke an effort beyond Angus Gunn. Man of the match.

Caoimhin Kelleher: the goalkeeper was making his first appearance of the season. He pulled off a fine save to deny Norwich’s Christos Tzolis an equaliser from the penalty spot, thwarting the effort with his trailing. leg. Was also assured when coming off his line to sweep up loose balls. .

Divock Origi: the Belgian showed his clinical edge in front of goal to head Kostas Tsimikas’ excellent cross into the far corner and wrap up the win for Liverpool. It was also Origi’s header which dropped for Minamino’s opening intervention.

The villains

Christos Tzolis: handed a huge opportunity to get Norwich level. Instead, he failed to outfox Kelleher when striking his spot-kick down the middle. To make matters worse, Tzolis wasn’t supposed to be on penalty duties.

Billy Gilmour: the Canaries’ troubles at defending corners continued. This time it was Gilmour who was culpable as he failed to go with Minamino’s run.

Adam Idah: the Republic of Ireland international was a threat throughout but spurned a couple of decent opportunities.

Player ratings

Norwich (3-5-2): Gunn 5, Omodanidele 5, Hanley 6, Gibson, Mumba 5 (Rashica 69; 5), Rupp 5, Giannoulis 5, Gilmour 5, Lees-Melou 6, Idah 5, Tzolis 5 (Pukki 69; 5).

Liverpool (4-3-3): Kelleher 8, Bradley 7, Konate 7, Gomez 8, Tsimikas 7 (Robertson 65; 6), Keita 6 (Morton 46; 7), Jones 7 (Henderson 87), Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Gordon 7, Minamino 8, Origi 8.

What’s next

Liverpool make the trip to Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday (17.30 BST).

It’s the first meeting between the two clubs in 32 years.

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