Orjan Nyland is receiving widescale praise following the Liverpool result in the Carabao Cup.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
Orjan Nyland would be aggrieved to not receive the Man of the Match award following the 5-0 win against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, despite a brace from Jonathan Kodjia.
The Norwegian goalkeeper produced an exceptional performance in the place of the injured Jed Steer, with his first save of the game coming in the 10th minute as Harvey Elliot had a great opportunity to give Liverpool the lead as he poked a shot towards the top right-hand corner. Orjan stretched to his right and palmed away with a strong hand.
There was another clear-cut opportunity for Liverpool shortly after, and Nyland saved with an outstretched leg.
The second half also provided a number of opportunities for the Norway international to showcase his talents as he produced a reactionary save to deny Herbie Kane from close range, and then made two quick-fire saves within the last fifteen minutes to keep his clean sheet.
The scoreline did not tell the full story of the game, and could have been incredibly different had it not been for the heroics of Orjan Nyland in the Aston Villa net.
The performance is nothing but good for Orjan Nyland, who produced a relatively strong performance in the loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux before Tom Heaton returned between the sticks.
Before this result, the ‘keeper would have been lacking in confidence, awaiting an opportunity, but has now cemented himself as the second choice keeper – especially in Steer’s absence – and could face top-tier opposition in the Semi-Final.
Nyland is highly rated at the club and especially by goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler, but with the Premier League experience of Tom Heaton, Nyland was only ever likely to perform in the cup.