Liverpool 5-1 West Ham United: Jurgen Klopp’s side reach Carabao Cup last four

20 December 2023 0 By Total Football News
Curtis Jones scores Liverpool's second goalLiverpool's second goal from Curtis Jones was their 500th in the competition

Liverpool cruised into the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a dominant performance against West Ham at Anfield.

Once Dominik Szoboszlai had driven a superb 25-yard effort into the bottom corner after 28 minutes, Liverpool's place in the last four was never in doubt.

Curtis Jones added a second 11 minutes after the restart when he deceived Alphonse Areola into thinking he was going to cut a cross back from the edge of the six-yard box, and instead drove a shot through the Hammers' keeper's legs.

Cody Gakpo was given too much space to fire home his eighth goal of the season 19 minutes from time, then Mohamed Salah made it four when he raced clear of the visitors defence and finished, before Jones finished off an excellent run by adding his second.

There could have been more as the excellent Harvey Elliott, Gakpo and substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold all went close and Salah put the rebound wide of an empty net after Areola had touched a Darwin Nunez shot on to a post.

It was the first time Liverpool had scored five at home against the Hammers since 1998 and keeps them on course for a record-extending 10th triumph in the competition they last won as recently as 2022.

They will face Fulham in the semi-finals, with the first leg in the week beginning 8 January and the second leg two weeks later.

For Hammers boss David Moyes, it was a disappointing night. The former Everton boss is still waiting for his first victory in this stadium after 21 visits and Jarrod Bowen's 77th-minute goal with West Ham's first shot on target was scant consolation.

Elliott outstanding in Reds romp

The match-winning hero at Crystal Palace on 9 December, Elliott has made all but one of his Premier League appearances this season off the bench.

In the cups, though, the 20-year-old has started every game, and provided more evidence of his talent as he excelled in both wide and central areas.

Elliott gave a sign of what was to come for West Ham as he cut in from the right wing and sent a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

The England Under-21 international was just as likely to turn up on the left and at points in the second half, he played the midfield anchor as well.

Elliott drew applause from manager Jurgen Klopp for a deep cross to Gakpo, from which the Dutchman bounced a header millimetres wide of the Hammers goal.

Evidently, Elliott also has a bit of the cheeky chappie about him and after Areola had produced a decent save to turn away a close-range effort from an acute angle, the former Fulham youngster took a short break by sitting on the nearby LED board.

On a night when Liverpool matched their biggest win of the season, Elliott made a telling contribution without getting his own name on the scoresheet.

Woeful West Ham never a threat

West Ham's sizeable travelling support would have felt better about their trip back to London had they been given any hope to grasp at in terms of a result.

With only one win on this ground in 60 years, the Hammers have a minimal record of success at Anfield - and their overall performance here was poor.

A side showing six changes from the excellent win against Wolves couldn't string a succession of passes together to generate a meaningful goal threat.

The only time it seemed as though they would shoot in that first half was when Bowen waited for the ball to drop as it deflected into the area. The hesitation was costly as Kostas Tsimikas nipped in to snuff out the threat.

Mohammed Kudus went close with their first shot at goal just before Liverpool scored their third of the night. But by the time Bowen scored his 12th goal of an excellent personal campaign, the game was gone.

"Whatever you say about us tonight, their performance was very good and they were fast and quick and all over us, right from the first minute. We never got a chance to breathe," said Moyes.

"I don't rotate very often but you just can't play them every game with what the scheduling is like.

"The only teams who've played more games than us over three years are Liverpool and Manchester City, and then we had the quickest turnaround. All of those things play a part."

Player of the match

JonesCurtis Jones

with an average of 8.46

Liverpool

  1. Squad number17Player nameJones
    Average rating

    8.46

  2. Squad number19Player nameElliott
    Average rating

    8.34

  3. Squad number8Player nameSzoboszlai
    Average rating

    8.30

  4. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    7.90

  5. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    7.76

  6. Squad number18Player nameGakpo
    Average rating

    7.74

  7. Squad number9Player nameNúñez
    Average rating

    7.73

  8. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    7.70

  9. Squad number78Player nameQuansah
    Average rating

    7.66

  10. Squad number3Player nameEndo
    Average rating

    7.64

  11. Squad number2Player nameGomez
    Average rating

    7.64

  12. Squad number21Player nameTsimikas
    Average rating

    7.57

  13. Squad number5Player nameKonaté
    Average rating

    7.50

  14. Squad number84Player nameBradley
    Average rating

    7.34

  15. Squad number62Player nameKelleher
    Average rating

    7.33

  16. Squad number7Player nameDíaz
    Average rating

    7.10

West Ham United

  1. Squad number20Player nameBowen
    Average rating

    5.37

  2. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse
    Average rating

    4.24

  3. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá
    Average rating

    4.22

  4. Squad number14Player nameKudus
    Average rating

    4.21

  5. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez
    Average rating

    3.88

  6. Squad number2Player nameJohnson
    Average rating

    3.67

  7. Squad number5Player nameCoufal
    Average rating

    3.65

  8. Squad number23Player nameAreola
    Average rating

    3.62

  9. Squad number15Player nameMavropanos
    Average rating

    3.57

  10. Squad number28Player nameSoucek
    Average rating

    3.43

  11. Squad number24Player nameKehrer
    Average rating

    3.40

  12. Squad number8Player nameFornals
    Average rating

    3.38

  13. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna
    Average rating

    3.33

  14. Squad number18Player nameIngs
    Average rating

    3.23

  15. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma
    Average rating

    2.99

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 62Kelleher
  • 2Gomez
  • 78Quansah
  • 4van DijkSubstituted forKonatéat 60'minutes
  • 21TsimikasSubstituted forBradleyat 69'minutes
  • 8SzoboszlaiSubstituted forSalahat 60'minutes
  • 3EndoSubstituted forAlexander-Arnoldat 60'minutes
  • 17Jones
  • 19Elliott
  • 18GakpoSubstituted forDíazat 78'minutes
  • 9NúñezBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Konaté
  • 7Díaz
  • 11Salah
  • 13Adrián
  • 42Clark
  • 49Gordon
  • 53McConnell
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 84Bradley

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Areola
  • 5CoufalSubstituted forKehrerat 72'minutes
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 2Johnson
  • 28Soucek
  • 19ÁlvarezBooked at 52minsSubstituted forIngsat 81'minutes
  • 14KudusSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 72'minutes
  • 8Fornals
  • 22BenrahmaSubstituted forLucas Paquetáat 57'minutes
  • 20Bowen

Substitutes

  • 1Fabianski
  • 3Cresswell
  • 4Zouma
  • 7Ward-Prowse
  • 10Lucas Paquetá
  • 18Ings
  • 24Kehrer
  • 33Emerson
  • 45Mubama
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
57,332

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 5, West Ham United 1.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 5, West Ham United 1.


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