Manchester City started their bid to lift a fifth successive League Cup with a 6-1 rout of Wycombe, while Japan forward Takumi Minamino inspired Liverpool’s 3-0 victory at Norwich on Tuesday.Endlast 32Norwich City 0-3 Liverpool21 Sep 2021
Everton and Watford were the major Premier League casualties in the third round, losing to QPR and Stoke respectively.
City will move past Liverpool onto a record nine League Cup triumphs if they take the trophy this term.
The holders made the perfect start to that mission as Pep Guardiola was rewarded for fielding a strong attack featuring Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez.
Guardiola also gave debuts to Conrad Egan-Riley, Finley Burns, Luke Mbete, Josh Wilson–Ebrand and Romeo Lavia at the Etihad Stadium.
City were stunned in the 22nd minute as Brandon Hanlan scored his first ever goal for third tier Wycombe.
After City made a hash of clearing a corner, Ryan Tafazolli‘s miscued shot ran across the six-yard box to Hanlan, who tapped into an empty net.
But Guardiola’s men equalised seven minutes later when De Bruyne sprinted onto Foden‘s pass and slotted into the far corner for his first goal since May.
Mahrez fired City in front with a crisp finish two minutes before the break after good work from Wilson-Ebrand.
Foden smashed in City’s third seconds later, collecting a short corner and drilling home from 25 yards.
Torres got the fourth after 71 minutes with a close-range finish and Mahrez‘s tap-in and a first City goal for Cole Palmer capped the demolition.