Date: 20th September 2017 at 2:10pm
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Shinji Okazaki and Ben Hamer have both been speaking about our EFL Cup victory over Liverpool yesterday evening.

Hosting Jurgen Klopp’s side at the King Power Stadium for the third round tie, goals from Okazaki and Islam Slimani in the second half saw us through and into tonight’s fourth round draw.

Speaking to in his post game press interview, Okazaki was delighted to play his part and make an impact on the game following his introduction as a substitute.

‘Maybe we had a good motivation. But as players in the first half we played a little bit defensive and Liverpool were more offensive. In the second half, the manager wanted more pressure and I tried to do that. It`s a good result and a good performance today. I have made a good start to this season, I feel fit. I need to keep going for the team and for me.’

The 31 year old also had praise for Slimani as he found the net to ensure victory.

‘Islam has good quality and, if he has more confidence, he will score more goals like this. I am fit this season. I try to put on pressure for the team and there is good competition for the striker positions and I will try my best. I have a different style to Slimani, Iheanacho, Ulloa and Vardy. I try to work for the whole team. Leicester takes things one game at a time. After we think about the next game.’

As for Hamer, he returned between the sticks once again in the EFL Cup and he was pleased to see Leicester respond in the second half to take the win.

‘It was definitely a tale of two halves. The main difference tonight was when Shinji came on. He made a difference and lifted the whole place. He made a tackle and went on a burst and the whole momentum of the game changed. We got our two goals, one from Shinji, and an absolute worldy from Islam as well.’

He went on to say.

‘Liverpool did create quite a few good chances in the first half. They had a few shots on target that were quite comfortable for me to save. We got a lot better in the second half. Even from the start, Shinji is a great player. He has started the season unbelievably well. The lads love him here, he always gives 100 per cent and gives us an impetus. He lifts the place altogether and he has a habit of doing that. We`re happy to have him.’

With half time instructions from manager Craig Shakespeare, Hamer went on to say.

‘He`ll be happy with that. At half-time he wasn`t happy. It is tough when you don`t play much and you come in. It`s a bit alien sometimes because you need a run of games to feel confident. As for us – and me – I`ll take a game whenever I can because I love playing and it`s enjoyable to play against big teams in front of a full house like this.’

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