Liverpool have secured their spot into the semi-finals in the FA Cup for the first time under Jurgen Klopp, with the win by 2-1 over Norwich in the FA Cup quarter-finals, with Takumi Minamino putting in a great performance.
Sometimes, a win is certain before a team travels to Anfield as well Norwich’s 500 miles journey round trip to Merseyside to play an 8.15pm midweek game was planned as one of the.
It was a beaten Norwich who emerged from the tunnel with seven changes since their 2-0 loss at Southampton the day earlier, and 35% of the team’s back 4.
Liverpool with their 10 changes in their League Cup final started the game with a dominant display and the energetic Curtis Jones hitting the bar with a bent strike at the beginning of the match.
At the quarter-hour mark at which point the Reds scored their first goal game of the night and Minamino was the beneficiary of a brilliant team effort in a selfless manner. Divock Origi took the opportunity to set Minamino up for a fantastic finish in the middle.
Then, Minamino struck 2-0 and this time, he scored with a ferocious strike that hit the post, after having a corner thrown in his direction.
There was an unforced change between the two teams after the break and Jones not able to continue because of an injury to his thigh. This left the field to Harvey Elliott.
It didn’t stop Liverpool’s momentum And just moments after the kickoff, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struggling to enter the game and was unable to get into the game – hit the post on the outside with a low kick.
The Reds’ dominance provided Klopp the chance to rest his captain, and give another important opportunity to 19-year old Tyler Morton, who replaced Jordan Henderson on the hour to make his ninth appearance in the league.
A drop in the intensity of Liverpool gave Norwich an opportunity to get to regain the lead, and a deft shot by Lukas Rupp slashed the deficit to 15 minutes remaining.
Each of Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane were substituted to boost their quality and energy as the Reds made sure they were in the quarterfinals thanks to an unbeatable finish to the match.
Liverpool: Alisson; Milner, Gomez, Konate, Tsimikas; Henderson (Morton 60′), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones (Elliott 46′); Minamino, Jota (Diaz 84′), Origi (Mane 84′)
Subs not used: Adrian, Kelleher, Matip, Robertson, Bradley
Norwich: Krul; Byram, Zimmermann, Gibson, Giannoulis; Normann (Gilmour 60′), Rupp, Lees-Melou Placheta (Sargent 46′), Rashica (Rowe 60′), Pukki (Dowell 60′)
Substitutes not utilized: Gunn, Tomkinson, Sorensen, McLean, Tzolis