Liverpool ran riot at Anfield last night, defeating a poor West Ham 5 - 1, to reach the Semi Finals of the Carabao Cup.
The result was never really in doubt, despite the Reds not scoring until the 28th minute, as West Ham failed to apply any pressure to a Liverpool team who made six changes from the weekend's poor performance against Manchester United.
Indeed, it was two of the players brought into the side last night, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, who set the tone for Liverpool, with their attacking play and forward running. Jones would finish with two goals and the Player of the Match award, but it was Elliott who really caught the eye, always driving the team forward, looking for the killer pass or shooting from distance when the chance was available. On another night Elliott could have had several goals himself, but such is the closeness of the two players, that Elliott celebrated Jones goals as if they were his own.
Dominik Szoboszlai, Cody Gakpo and Mo Salah were the other goalscorers. Szoboszlai's effort in particular will be remembered for a long time. Despite not playing his best football in recent games, Szoboszlai has the quality to produce something from nothing, as he did last night, picking up a pass from Jarrell Quansah (who also had a standout night in defence), before arrowing a shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Jones' goals too will be remembered. His first demonstrated his footballing brain, as he first setup, and then finished a move involving Darwin Nunez, slotting the ball through the keeper's legs from a tight angle, when a teammate was not free in the box. His second goal was all about his quality with the ball at his feet. Admittedly the West Ham defenders did little to stop him, but Jones ran 30 yards with the ball, gliding past 4 players, and a weak last ditch challenge in the area, before calmly slotting the ball past the keeper.
Tougher challenges lie ahead, with Arsenal travelling to Anfield on Saturday, but this was the perfect way for the players to regain their confidence, and for Jones and Elliott to stake their claim for starting spot against the Gunners.
Player of the Match
Sky Sports - Curtis Jones
BBC Fan Vote - Curtis Jones 8.46/10
Liverpool 67% - 33% West Ham
Liverpool 29 - 2 West Ham
Shots on Target
Liverpool 11 - 1 West Ham
Liverpool 12 - 2 West Ham
Liverpool 1 - 1 West Ham
Carabao Cup Semi Finalists
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