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FA Cup :Liverpool Beat Norwich 2-1

by Soumadeep Bagchi

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool overcame a late second-half fightback from Norwich to join Southampton and Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory.

Fresh from their EFL Cup success following a nail-biting 11-10 penalty shootout win over Chelsea, Liverpool were looking to make the last eight for the first time under Jurgen Klopp.

Competing in the fifth round for just the second time under the German, the hosts struggled to breakdown Norwich in the opening 25 minutes as the two sides cancelled each other out.

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But the Reds finally took the lead in the 27th minute after Konstantinos Tsimikas’ low ball found Divock Origi, who flicked the ball to Takumi Minamino for him to smash the ball home.

Minamino found the target again before half time to double Liverpool’s advantage, slamming the ball past Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul at the back-post after Tsimikas’ corner fell his way.

The hosts appeared to be comfortable in the second half until Luka Rupp gave Norwich hope with a fierce strike from outside the box past Alisson on 76 minutes to cut the deficit.

Norwich continued to chase an equaliser in the closing stages but Liverpool saw out the remaining minutes without another scare to progress to the quarter-finals.

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After the match Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said,”Tough – because it’s a game against a Premier League side. We had to make 10 changes because of the 120 plus 40 minutes penalty shootout on Sunday. That was an exhausting night, mentally and physically, so we had to make changes to have a chance tonight. We needed a couple of minutes to get into the game, Norwich had kind of a kickstart again like they had in the Premier League game. But from a specific moment on we controlled the game and played like we had to play – easy and simple passes to drag them out a little bit, to then find the gaps, to find the half-spaces.

From there, we caused them real problems. We had good moments and scored two wonderful goals. Second half, pretty similar, we should have scored earlier, closing the game, but that didn’t happen. And all of a sudden they scored their goal and then you have to fight to bring it over the line, that’s what we did and that’s absolutely fine. It was a tough game, we expected that, that’s why we brought in 10 fresh players. It was good.”


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