Reds in seventh heaven at Lincoln
Liverpool teenager Curtis Jones stole the spotlight from new signing Diogo Jota’s debut with two goals and a starring role in a 7-2 Carabao Cup victory over League One Lincoln.
Jota, signed from Wolves for £41million on Saturday, was handed his first appearance with 33 second-half minutes but the 19-year-old from Toxteth had already done the damage.
Jones scored Liverpool’s third and fourth goals before half-time, both cutting in from the left to curl in right-footed shots, and was the visitors’ main creative force in midfield.
He also won the free-kick from which Xherdan Shaqiri whipped in the opener -his first goal in over nine months – with Takumi Minamino continuing his promising start to the season with a first-time shot after Lewis Montsma had given away possession playing out from the back.
All of Liverpool’s four first-half goals were scored from at least 20 yards but this was no pot-shot contest, there was plenty of quality football on show.
Eighteen seconds after the break Minamino added another, following in Harvey Elliott’s smothered effort, then Marko Grujic scored his first for the club four and half years after joining, and Divock Origi wrapped things up with his ninth goal in 12 League Cup ties late on.
However, Tayo Edun and Montsma gave a somewhat significant Lincoln contingent in the stands for a behind-closed-doors game at the LNER Stadium something to cheer by briefly making it 5-1 and 6-2.
Late Foden goal seals it for City
Liam Delap scored a debut stunner but holders Manchester City needed a late Phil Foden winner to see off Championship Bournemouth 2-1 in the Carabao Cup.
Delap, the 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory, put the holders ahead in style in their third-round tie at the Etihad Stadium but they were immediately pegged back by Sam Surridge.
City brought big guns Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling off the bench 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, who are bidding for a record-equalling eighth League Cup win and a fourth in succession, will now travel to Burnley in the fourth round next week.
Aston Villa sweep aside Bristol City
Bertrand Traore made a scoring start to his Aston Villa career in a 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Bristol City.
Traore, signed from Lyon for £17million, opened his Villa account after 14 minutes of his debut with Anwar El Ghazi and substitute Ollie Watkins also on target.
Villa had a stress-free night after El Ghazi struck in the 11th minute and Traore quickly doubled the advantage with a delicious volley.
Watkins, 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.
Carabao Cup: 4th Round
Burnley v Man City
Brentford v Fulham
Everton v West Ham
Aston Villa v Stoke
Leyton Orient/Spurs v Chelsea
Newport v Newcastle
Brighton v Man United