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Carabao Cup Round-up: Liverpool ran circles around Lincoln as Foden fires Man City into the fourth round

Liverpool will face Arsenal in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after a ruthless 7-2 victory over Lincoln on Thursday.

Xherdan Shaqiri got the much-changed Liverpool XI side off to a quick start with a pin-point free-kick on nine minutes while Takumi Minamino made it two with a similarly spectacular finish into the top corner.

Curtis Jones’ quick-fire double put a youthful Liverpool side into a four-goal half-time lead to clip the wings of high flying League One side Lincoln as Minamino doubled his tally with Liverpool’s fifth 18 seconds after the restart.

Tayo Edun and Lewis Montsma scored either side of Marko Grujic’s strike before Divock Origi added Liverpool’s seventh in the final minute to send Jurgen Klopp’s team into a fourth-round tie with Arsenal in style.

Watch the match highlights below

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says: “I was pleased by a lot of things; I saw a lot of good football. Everybody can take something from this game. Lincoln can, they stayed in the game and tried to their stuff, but we were really good in a formation we never play really.

“I liked a lot of things I saw tonight; the goals were really nice, the attitude of the boys, and our three centre halves are still fit!”

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Only Liverpool (25 between 1980-1984) and Nottingham Forest (17 between 1977-1980) have progressed from more consecutive League Cup ties than Manchester City and their current run of 16.
  • Since moving to Stoke in August 2015, over half of Xherdan Shaqiri’s 23 goals in English football have come from outside the box (12), with this his first goal directly from a free-kick since May 2018 (Stoke v Crystal Palace).
  • Liverpool are the first English top-flight side to score at least four times from outside the box in the same match since Manchester United beat Roma 7-1 back in April 2007 in the Champions League.
  • Curtis Jones (19y & 238d) became the youngest player to score 2+ goals in a game for Liverpool since Raheem Sterling against Norwich in the Premier League back in April 2014 (19y & 133d).
  • Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino became the first Japanese player to score two goals in a League Cup game since Shinj Okazaki did so for Leicester against Chelsea in September 2016.
  • 24 goals have been scored between Liverpool (12) and their opponents (12) across their last three League Cup matches.

Phil Foden scores a late winner as Manchester City beat Bournemouth 2-1

Liam Delap scored a debut stunner but Manchester City needed a late Phil Foden winner to see off Championship side Bournemouth 2-1 in the Carabao Cup, as they began their title defence.

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The 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory Delap put the holders ahead in style but they were immediately pegged back by Sam Surridge.

City introduced Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling in the latter stages and they eventually snatched victory on 75 minutes when Foden struck after Riyad Mahrez hit the post.

Pep Guardiola’s side will now travel to Burnley in the fourth round next week.

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Bristol City 0-3 Aston Villa

New Aston Villa frontman Bertrand Traore made a scoring start on his debut as Bristol City were beaten 3-0 by Villa in the Carabao Cup.

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Traore was signed from Lyon for £17m and needed only 14 minutes to open his Villa account with Anwar El Ghazi and substitute Ollie Watkins also hitting target.

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Bristol City hardly made Villa work hard all night as El Ghazi struck in the 11th minute and Traore quickly doubled the advantage with a delicious volley.

Ollie Watkins who came on as a 70th-minute substitute for Traore, scored his second goal in this season’s competition within three minutes of his arrival as Dean Smith’s side set up a fourth-round home tie against Stoke.

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