Lincoln City’s goalkeeper was a Liverpool fan as a little boy and had spent the last week relishing the opportunity to face the champions.
Sometimes, though, you need to be careful for what you wish. Palmer found himself stuck between the posts as a helpless bystander for a night when Liverpool’s second string team decided to cut loose to see who could score the most spectacular goal.
No blame could attached to Palmer but he must have found it difficult to comprehend what was happening in the opening 45 minutes, when Liverpool wasted no time in securing their progress into round four, and a date with Arsenal, with four quite beautiful strikes.
Xherdan Shaqiri opened the scoring in the ninth minute with an exquisite free-kick which soared over the Lincoln wall
Takumi Minamino quickly added a second with another fine finish as Jurgen Klopp’s side took control of the third-round tie
Curtis Jones made it 3-0 with half an hour gone as he hit a curling shot into the top corner beyond goalkeeper Alex Palmer
Lincoln goalkeeper Alex Palmer was a Liveprool fan growing up but was forced to pick the ball out of his net seven times
There was a point during…