Hanley nicks the ball of Origi as he was trying to manipulate it into a position to strike at goal. Rupp again then has the chance to hit Liverpool on the counter with a ball over the top of the defence for Tzolis but he gets the weight all wrong for a second time.
Gordon scoots in from the right but slips when he enters the box. Still quick enough to get it back and combine with Bradley to hold the ball up until Giannoulis gulls them by earning a throw-in off his shins.
Gunn sprays it up the left, Giannoulis takes it on and hares behind Bradley to the byline before cutting a pass back to the 18-yard line where Idah takes on a first-time shot with his instep but it’s a gentle pea-roller. HAd to put his laces through it from that distance. Kelleher flops forward to smother it.
Gilmour robs Oxlade-Chamberlain who looks desperately in need of games but Liverpool force Norwich back with the speed and power of their pressing to Gunn when Gilmour tried to trigger an attack up the right.
It’s all Liverpool fans so far. All Allez, Allez. Not On the Ball, City.
GIannoulis bursts down the left and is found by Gilmour. He stops and rolls the pass past Bradley for Tzolis who heads for the byline then cuts in but wastes his shot from a tight angle by bungling it behind when he should have crossed.
Liverpool corner on the right this time. Oxlade-Chamberlain takes and it bursts through the other side of the box, Curtis Jones wins it and lays it off to Tsimiaks eventually and Norwich hustle it out for a throw.
Bradley, wearing the No84 shirt, as high a number as I’ve seen in England, lets fly with a shot from 30 yards but it takes a deflection and Gunn gathers. Back come Liverpool from the keeper’s clearance and Gordon and Bradley combine to earn a free-kick down by the right corner flag that Hanley heads out for a corner on the other side.
Tzolis earns a throw-in on the right and heads for the box. Rupp scoops a pass from 35 yards out down the inside-left channel to try to reach him pulling away from Konate but he puts too much force on the pass and it skips out of play.
Rip van Norwich go to sleep in the box when Liverpool take a corner from the left, Origi wins the header at the back-post and nods it down, Minamino, turns and bends in a right-foot shot from eight yards.
Bradley sends the ball up the right and Gibson concedes the corner which is well defended and Oxlade-Chamberlain then gives the ball away with a wayward pass through midfield picked off by Lees-Melou and Tsimikas decides to end the counter-attack with a foul on him.
After the players take a knee, Norwich kick off, moving the ball back to Omobamidele, who is indeed on the right of a three, to pump the ball forward and Liverpool knock it out for a throw-in on halfway.
Refuses to say whether he is planning to start with three at the back or not but when it is put to him that he has never started a competitive match with one he points to pre-season and some adjustments from four when chasing PL games since the start of the season. I think we can take that as a yes.
Here’s Chris Bascombe on the 16-year-old, the best Academy prospect in England, they tell us:
There was a time when academy coaches used to speak in hushed tones about their emerging talent for fear of revealing their secret weapons. Keeping the gems hidden is impossible when the ‘next big thing’ cost an initial £1.1m. That’s the case with Liverpool’s 16-year-old winger Kaide Gordon, who might make his debut against Norwich City.
Liverpool beat Manchester United and Spurs to sign the England U18 international from Derby last January. He has been training with Liverpool’s first team since pre-season.
“He is a typical Liverpool winger,” says Liverpool’s assistant manager Pep Lijnders. “He has goals, he has speed, and he has this natural ability to be in the box.”
Welcome to coverage of the third-round League/ Milk/ Littlewoods/ Rumbelows/ Coca-cola/ Worthington/ Carling/ Capital One/ EFL/ Carabao Cup tie from Carrow Road. Norwich City, twice winners, the last of them in 1985, take on Liverpool, eight-time winners, the last of them in 2012 during the second coming of Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish who had won it four times as a player but never before as a manager … by virtue of Charlie Nicholas.
Norwich City, bottom of the Premier League table with five defeats from five, and Liverpool joint top of the PL with four wins and a draw from five games (don’t give us any of that ‘alphabetical order tomfoolery), have not met in this competition since 1982 when Mark Lawrenson and David Fairclough scored the goals in a 2-0 win in front of a paltry crowd at Anfield.
The Canaries beat Bournemouth 6-0 in a joyous romp in the second round, having rested a lot of their usual first XI, Liverpool earned a bye by dint of their European qualification, something the winners this year will also be able to do even if the reward for victory at Wembley next spring has now been downgraded to a place in the Conference League.
Todd Cantwell, Sam Byram, Christoph Zimmermann and Przemyslaw Placheta were all ruled out yesterday but Daniel Farke should be able to call on some of those who starred against Bournemouth including Bali Mumba and Christos Tzolis plus other squad players such as Milot Rashica, Pierre Melou, Bali Mumba, Dimitrios Giannoulis and Ben Gibson.
Liverpool, who gave Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino starts at this stage last year, when they beat Lincoln 7-2, are likely to do so gain and there could also be places in the XI for Curtis Jones, Nat Phillips and Caoimhín Kelleher.
Join us for the team news from 6.45pm and full coverage from kick-off an hour later.