LONDON: Liverpool teenager Curtis Jones scored twice in a 7-2 victory over Lincoln City in the League Cup, and defending champions Manchester City edged past Bournemouth 2-1 on Thursday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side advanced to a fourth-round meeting next Thursday with Arsenal, who also play at Anfield in the Premier League on Monday.
Phil Foden’s late goal secured City’s progress to a match next week with Burnley. Bertrand Traore made a scoring start to his Aston Villa career in a 3-0 win at Bristol City that set up a meeting with Stoke City.
The 19-year-old Jones scored Liverpool’s third and fourth goals before halftime, cutting in from the left on both occasions to curl in right-footed shots, and was the visitors main creative force in midfield.
Jones also won the free kick from which Xherdan Shaqiri whipped in the opener for his first goal in over nine months.
Takumi Minamino continued his promising start to the season with a first-time shot in the 18th minute.
All of Liverpool’s four first-half goals were scored from at least 20 yards.
Eighteen seconds after the break Minamino added another, stabbing in Harvey Elliotts smothered effort. Marko Grujic scored his first for the club almost five years after joining, and Divock Origi wrapped up the rout in the 89th with his ninth goal in 12 League Cup matches.
Tayo Edun and Lewis Montsma had made it 5-1 and 6-2 by scoring for third-tier Lincoln.
“Everybody used the opportunity tonight to show up, that’s very important,” said Klopp. “Who shows the desire we saw tonight, who shows the attitude we saw tonight, who shows so many things that I like and we want to see when a Liverpool team shows up, then there’s a big chance you’ll get a lot of games during the season.”
Liam Delap, the 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory, made his City debut alongside American goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
City took the lead in the 18th when Foden set up Delap, who swept a left-footed shot into the top corner from just inside the box.
But Bournemouth, who were relegated from the Premier League in July, levelled in four minutes through Sam Sturridge.
City brought Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling off the bench in the latter stages and secured the victory in the 75th when Foden scored after Riyad Mahrez hit the post.
City will travel to Burnley in the last 16.
Traore marked his Aston Villa debut with a stunning side-foot volley to score his side’s second goal in a comfortable win at Bristol.
Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring 11 minutes in before Traore showed why Villa spent 17 million ($21 million) to sign him from Olympique Lyonnais last week with a cute finish from a narrow angle.
Another Villa new boy Ollie Watkins then grabbed his first goal for the club 17 minutes from time.
Published in Dawn, September 26th, 2020