The key quotes from Jurgen Klopp's post-Lincoln press conference
LINCOLN, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp looks on during the Caraboa Cup Third Round match between Lincoln City FC and Liverpool FC at LNER Stadium on September 24, 2020 in Lincoln, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Curtis Jones and Takumi Minamino both scored braces for Jurgen Klopp's side after a rather impressive performance from a heavily rotated side, set up a fourth-round meeting with Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side.

It was a night to remember for young Rhys Williams who made his Liverpool debut alongside Virgil Van Dijk. It has been quite the rise for the academy graduate, who started 2020 playing in the sixth tier of English football for Kidderminster Harriers.

Xherdan Shaqiri started his first game since December 2019 and it didn't take long for him to leave his mark, as he opened the scoring with an exquisite, trademark free-kick from the right-hand-side. 

Minamino carried on his impressive form since football's resumption this summer, as he easily had his best performance in Liverpool red tonight.  He doubled Liverpool's lead with a fantastic curling effort from just outside the box, before adding his second and Liverpool's fifth less than 60 seconds into the second half. 

Liverpool fielded a much-changed side from Sunday's triumph at Stamford Bridge. Tonight's side highlighted how well Liverpool have recruited over the last couple of years, both young and old. As they were able to mix youth with experience as they managed to cruise through to the next round with no scares. 

  • "I loved Taki's game tonight - outstanding. Involved in so many good situations."

Minamino yet again had the Liverpool supporters glued to the edge of their seats all night long as he oozed class all night long. With each passing game, Liverpool's £7million looks better and better value for money. 

‘’More and more we all realise where his qualities''

With two excellently taken goals,  it was in-fact his off the ball work that impressed the Liverpool manager so much. For Liverpool's fifth goal just after the break, Taki hunted and hounded the ball from the restart before latching on to Harvey Elliot's rebound, to put the game beyond any doubt. Even in the eyes of the most pessimistic of supporters.

He ended the night playing the role of the supplier as he slid through Liverpool's No.27, Divock Origi, as he was able got his name on the scoresheet- grabbing his final goal in Liverpool colours in the process?

  • ’'We will have some fun with him the future’’

Curtis Jones seems to get better by the game, his rise over the last 18 months has been exceptional and Klopp certainly seems to be a huge fan of his as he mentioned post-match, he is a very talented young man, who Liverpool fans can look forward to watching for many years to come.

His performance tonight showed maturity behind his tender age of 19. It is quite scary to think how good he could become in this side in the years to come. Both of his goals tonight demonstrated his confidence, and proved his ability to match it.  

His all-round game was perfect, and with goals and performances like tonight, it won't be long before he is fighting for a starting place in Klopp's strongest side. 

He will most definitely line up in next weeks fourth-round tie against Arsenal, with yet another opportunity to showcase himself. 

  • ’'Super game from Shaq’’

Shaqiri has become Liverpool's forgotten man over the last year or so, it has been a rapid decline since his first season on Merseyside, playing a key role numerous times as Klopp's side won the Champions League. 

Tonight, he certainly reminded us all how good he still is, and why he could be a vital asset for Liverpool this season.

Operating in a rather deeper role to what we've seen him being deployed in before - it was a fantastic performance to come in and remind everyone how technically good he is, which will be remembered for his inch-perfect free-kick.

Klopp seemed to be rather coy on his plans for the Swiss international in his post match media duties, stating that everything looks really promising regarding his future. I'm sure there will be many suitors watching tonight who would love to have him on their side. 

It will be interesting to see if he is still at Anfield beyond the October 5th deadline. 

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