Takumi Minamino scored two goals as Liverpool defeated their Premier League counterparts Norwich City on Carrow Road to advance to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The guests were leading after four minutes as Minamino delivered a sharp turn and finish after a knockdown from Divock Origi.
Caoimhin Kelleher prevented Norwich from equalizing before half-time and saved Christos Tzoli’s penalty with his foot.
Origi headed Konstantinos Tsimikas cross five minutes after the break, Minamino scored a late third goal.
Both coaches made nine changes from the weekend’s Premier League games, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp debuting teenagers Kaide Gordon and Conor Bradley from the start – plus Tyler Morton as replacements.
The highly rated 16-year-old Gordon, who signed to Derby County championship team for an initial £ 1.1million in February, hinted at his potential when he shot just wide after hitting from the right midway through the first half had driven inside.
Norwich improved over the opening period, but Adam Idah shot straight at Kelleher and Tzolis missed from the penalty spot after Bradley fouled Dimitris Giannoulis.
And Liverpool moved out of reach after Pierre Lees-Melou missed a glorious opportunity to equalize early in the second half.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke: “We wanted to win the Carabao Cup and we can’t do it now. I’m disappointed with that.”
“I know how much I measure this trophy and I would love to win, but we also had to be smart about our team selection and rest a few players. Overall, I was happy with our performance. We created so many situations but we couldn’t convert . ” our most important opportunities. “
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp: “It wasn’t possible to be a perfect day today because we had to make too many changes to have natural solutions to the problems we would have in the game.
“The kids did exceptionally well. All three were physically strong and perhaps the biggest surprise was that they could drive every 90 minutes. I’m really happy for them because it was a great moment.”