Liverpool eased into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup as Jurgen Klopp’s men thrashed Lincoln City 7-2.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino, Curtis Jones, Marko Grujic and Divock Origi were all on the scoresheet for Liverpool, with Jorge Tayo Edun and Lewis Montsma scoring consolation goals for the League One side.
The Reds’ reward is a clash with Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta’s side set to travel to Anfield for a mouthwatering round four tie.
Liverpool and Arsenal will meet in the Premier League on Monday night before their next Carabao Cup contest and Klopp is delighted that his side are at home for both fixtures!
‘Thank God we have two home games,’ he laughed with Sky Sports after the match. ‘Sorry, Mikel. You have to come to Liverpool twice, It’s not so bad.
‘It will be tough. I’m not sure which cup competition we played Arsenal last year but that was a real rollercoaster as well. 5-5, a penalty shootout.
Carabao Cup round four draw
- Liverpool v Arsenal
- Burnley v Manchester City
- Brentford v Fulham
- Everton v West Ham
- Aston Villa v Stoke City
- Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea
- Newport County v Newcastle United
- Brighton v Manchester United
‘I saw the Arsenal game against Leicester, they have a proper line-up, they want to win the competition.
‘We want to win the competition so you have to come through all the rounds. The next one is a tough one.’
On the win over Lincoln, Klopp added: ‘There was a lot of good football to be honest. We made changes and we made a mistake, that’s good for them.’
‘I liked a lot of things I saw tonight, the goals were really night, the attitude was brilliant. All three centre-halves are still fit so that’s really cool.’
It was a good night for local lad Jones, and he was pleased to take his opportunity with both hands.
‘We started well,’ Jones, who was named man of the match, said. ‘Fair play to Lincoln, they turned up and gave us a good game. But we were the better team on the night.
‘I’ve always said whenever I’m called upon I’ll always give 100%. I show that in every game I play.
‘I’m waiting for my turn and any time I’m called upon I’ll show up 100%.’