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124 touches, 1 key pass, 3 duels won; £36m Liverpool man will be a world-beater under Klopp

On Wednesday night, Liverpool reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds ran out 2-1 winners over Norwich in their fifth-round clash at Anfield.

Klopp made 10 changes to the Liverpool starting XI from the side that won the Carabao Cup at the weekend.

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The Reds dominated the early exchanges as Curtis Jones came close to opening the scoring.

Liverpool didn’t need long to break the deadlock, with Takumi Minamino netting in the 27th minute.

Divock Origi controlled Kostas Tsimikas’ cross and teed up Minamino, who slotted home with a composed effort.

The Japan international then struck an emphatic second just 12 minutes later.

Ben Gibson’s clearance from a corner fell to Minamino in the box, and he rifled into the roof of the net.

Norwich pulled a goal back in the second half through Lukas Rupp, but Liverpool held on to advance to the next round.

Konate shines again

Ibrahima Konate delivered another impressive display for the Reds, highlighting just how important he’ll be for the club in future.

Klopp has used the 22-year-old sparingly since he joined Liverpool for £36million last summer.

So far, Konate has made 17 competitive appearances for the Reds, and he continues to get better and better with each outing.

Liverpool - Carabao Cup Final
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Against Norwich, the Frenchman made more touches (125) and more passes (100) than any other player on the pitch, also making one key pass.

In addition, Konate won both of his ground duels and his one aerial duel, as well as making two interceptions and one clearance.

“Kept things simple and used the ball sensibly when required,” wrote the Liverpool Echo.

“Strength ensured Norwich’s sorties rarely threatened.”

Every time Konate takes to the pitch, he delivers – he’s bound to become a world-beater under Klopp.

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