Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rotated the majority of his starting lineup that featured against Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday afternoon ahead of the EFL Cup quarter final fixture against Championship outfit Leeds United.
Leeds, who are enjoying a sudden turn around of fortune under new boss Garry Monk, delivered another inspiring performance away from home but fell short as the rampant Reds sealed a place in the semis for the fourth time in last six years and for a record 17th time in the competition after a 2-0 victory over the Peacocks.
Liverpool were more dominant in the first half with more possessions and attacks movements, yet they were lacking the creativity upfront due to the absence of Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge and Lallana who missed out with injury concerns. Georginio Wijnaldum created one glorious opportunity early in the first half but was denied by Leeds custodian Marco Silvestri quite acrobatically. Leeds, otherwise, were well-organized and gave their opponents little space to pose threats.
But the second half proved to be more open and entertaining. Leeds forward Kemar Roofe almost broke the deadlock but was unfortunately denied by the woodwork. Liverpool, too, came close but the effort of Wijnaldum struck the far post. The Reds finally opened their account on 76th minute mark when Divock Origi tapped in from a sensational cross of teenage right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. They doubled the scoreline 5 minutes later when substitute Ben Woodburn scored his first goal for the club and registered his name as the youngest goalscorer of club history at the age of 17 years 45 days. The game ended 2-0 as a determined Leeds side surrendered to Liverpool teenagers.
Liverpool vs Leeds United Lineups:
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Lucas Leiva, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Georginio Wijnaldum, Emre Can, Kevin Stewart (Ben Woodburn 67′), Ovie Ejaria ( Ovie Ejaria 82′), Sadio Mane, Divock Origi (Marko Grujic 90+1′).
Leeds United: Marco Silvestri, Gaetano Berardi, Liam Cooper (Luke Ayling 46′), Kyle Bartley, Charlie Taylor, Eunan O’Kane ( Kalvin Phillips 28′), Ronaldo Vieira, Stuart Dallas(Chris Wood 62′), Souleymane Doukara, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe.
Liverpool vs Leeds United Highlights:
Liverpool vs Leeds United Match Stats:
|Shots (On Target)||13(4)||14(5)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||4(1)||12(1)|
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