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Carabao Cup Match Preview: Imps vs Liverpool

24 September 2020

The Imps welcome Premier League Champions Liverpool to LNER Stadium this evening in Carabao Cup Third Round action.

With the game broadcast live on Sky Sports tonight, the next available game to be streamed Live on WeAreImps iFollow will be City's SkyBet League One match against Charlton Athletic on Sunday. 

Imps supporters can purchase their match pass NOW to see the game against The Addicks! Click HERE to get yours ahead of Sunday's game! 

City go into tonight's game off the back of a succesful start to the 2020/21 campaign. Michael Appleton's side beat Bradford 5-0 to reach the current round and also picked up three points on Saturday with a 2-1 win over MK Dons after starting the Skybet League One season with a win against Oxford United at LNER Stadium.

The winner of tonight's tie already know their opponents in the next round as the victors will host Premier League opposition, as Arsenal defeated Leicester City in round three.

As well as the action on the pitch this evening, Imps supporters should keep their eyes on our social media channels as there will be some grab exclusive discounts on merchandise throughout the 90 minutes.

Liverpool Comments

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders faced the media earlier this week ahead of their trip to LNER Stadium and was compimentary of their opposition tonight.

The 37-year-old discussed his side and suggested there may be a number of big name players in their starting line up before going on to speak about the Imps: “The team will be a strong team, I think you will be surprised.

“We are playing against a side who will defend deep, are ready to counter attack, have real speed on the wings and technical players on the inside.

“They’ve scored five goals already this season from counter attacks so we have to be very well prepared.”

“Lincoln are a club with a great journey so far, particularly over the last four years with two promotions. They are a team who are near the top of the league, and have a manager with lots of experience.

"We really look forward to the game.”

Liverpool Team News

Following the comments of the Liverpool Assistant Manager, LNER Stadium could be providing the backdrop for names such as Thiago, Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino who could all feature against the Imps. 

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Thiago and Jota are both new additions to The Red's squad after recently joining from Bayern Munich and Wolves respectively, whilst it could be a maiden bow for Jota, Thiago made his Liverpool debut at the weekend when they beat Chelsea 2-0 coming on as a second half substitute replacing skipper, Jordan Henderson.

Jota made 67 appearances during his two-year spell with Wolves before moving to Liverpool for a reported £41 million transfer fee last weekend.

WeAreImps iFollow

Although the game isn't available to watch on iFollow this evening, fans can listen to the game LIVE on We Are Imps iFollow by purchasing a match pass by clicking HERE. 

The game is live on Sky Sports and NOW TV, and broadcast around the world. Please check with your local broadcaster for details. 

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Match Reports

Report: The Imps V Liverpool

24 September 2020

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It was a night of goalmouth action at LNER Stadium this evening but it was the Premier League Champions, Liverpool, who progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Ultimately a display of top class finishing from Liverpool won the tie, swinging the game in their favour by the break, Xherdan Shaquiri opened the scoring before a brace from Takumi Minamino and two from Curtis Jones saw the visiting side race into a five goal lead but Michael Appleton’s men kept going and pulled a goal back with Tayo Edun’s first for the club. Marko Grujic extended the lead for the away side but Lewis Montsma powered home a second for City.

Although the scoreline would suggest it was one-way traffic, there were opportunities for The Imps and they certainly deserved to make their mark on the game.

Liverpool opened the scoring with a piece of pure quality, Xherdan SHAQIRI blasting a perfectly placed free kick over the wall and right into the top corner giving Alex Palmer no chance whatsoever from 25 yards. The early goal for the visitors lifted their confidence somewhat, as they monopolised the ball, but The Imps weren’t downbeat and showed terrific energy closing down and making the game as difficult as possible for the opposition.

That close pressing and high energy defending was limiting chances for Liverpool but given the opportunity to shoot from distance they weren’t shy and it was another clean strike which extended the advantage for the visitors, Takumi MINAMINO curled the ball home.

City though pressed quickly from the restart and it was a slick, well worked quick free kick which led to The Imps’ first chance of the game as James Jones got free in the box to shoot but Adrian matched the effort, diving low to his left to save.

That close call was to be rued as Liverpool scored a third, Divock Origi won a header and nodded back to Curtis JONES who caressed the ball into the corner. The Red’s number 17 was at it again before the break, twisting and turning before smashing the ball home from outside the area. City showed no signs of letting the workrate drop and just ahead of the break Anthony Scully tried to chip Adrian from fully 40 yards, but as the Liverpool stopper scampered back towards his goal the ball drifted just over the top.  Tayo Edun then created an opportunity for himself dancing into the area showing fleet of foot and hitting a hard effort towards the near post, but Adrian was there to save.

Half Time

The Imps 0 Liverpool 4

Jurgen Klopp’s side made it five within seconds into the second half, Palmer made a saved from Harvey Elliott as he tried to lift it over the City stopper, but MINAMINO rolled home his second of the night.

The Imps were so close to getting a goal for their efforts following a fantastic ball from Jorge Grant which sent Anderson through in behind the defence of the visitors, his effort was saved by Adrian the ball rolled to James Jones and his effort was blocked then Edun also went close. Grant then forced Adrian into a save after cutting in from the left, but his curling effort was well marshalled by the Liverpool ‘keeper, the Imps were having their best spell in the game as Scully was the next to be denied by Adrian from close range.

Eyoma had a great chance when Grant dropped but The Imps did have a goal to celebrate and it was certainly deserved, as Tayo EDUN found space in the box, jinking one way then another before looking up and stroking home.

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The goals kept coming as Marko GRUJIC fired home from the edge of the box to give the visitors a sixth, but The Imps weren’t done either as Grant’s corner was met by MONTSMA with a powerful header which cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and appeared to bounce over the line but Tom Hopper made sure before the visitors could think about it.

A stooping header from Theo Archibald forced Adrian into a great stop as City continued to show they weren’t prepared to lie down.  City pressed for a third goal, and it would have been deserved but the last word was had by Divock ORIGI for the away side.

Full Time

The Imps 2 Liverpool 7

The Teams

The Imps

1          Alex PALMER

3          Max MELBOURNE

4          Lewis MONTSMA

7          Tayo EDUN

8          James JONES

10        Jorge GRANT

11        Anthony SCULLY

15        Alex BRADLEY

22        TJ EYOMA

23        Liam BRIDCUTT

26        Harry ANDERSON

Substitutes

29        Ethan ROSS

5          Adam JACKSON

9          Tom HOPPER (59’ for Bridcutt)

14        Theo ARCHIBALD (67’ for Anderson)

17        Remy HOWARTH

18        Conor McGRANDLES (60’ for Jones)

30        Sean ROUGHAN

GOAL: Edun 60’, Montsma 66’

Liverpool

13        ADRIAN

4          Virgil VAN DIJK

16        Marko GRUJIC

17        Curtis JONES

18        Takumi MINAMINO

21        Kostas TSIMIKAS

23        Xherdan SHAQIRI

27        Divock ORIGI

46        Rhys WILLIAMS

67        Harvey ELLIOTT

76        Neco WILLIAMS

Substitutes

62        Caoimhin KELLEHER

3          FABINHO (46’ for Van Dijk)

8          Naby KEITA (75’ for Shaquiri)

20        Diogo JOTA (57’ for Elliott)

59        Harry WILSON

66        Trent ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

72        Sepp VAN DEN BERG

Goals: Shaqiri 9’, Minamino 18’, 46’, Jones 32’, 36’, Grujic 65’, Origi 89'

Referee: Tony Harrington

Assistants: Akil Howson & Shaun Hudson

4th official: Geoff Eltringham

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