Liverpool beat West Ham United 5-1 at Anfield to book their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Dominik Szoboszlai’s superb first-half strike set the Reds on their way to victory on Wednesday night, and Jürgen Klopp’s side cut loose after the break. Curtis Jones scored twice and further goals from Cody Gakpo and substitute Mohamed Salah secured both a commanding win and a last-four tie versus Fulham.
Klopp made six changes to the team that had started the goalless draw against Manchester United on Sunday. Caoimhin Kelleher began in goal, with Joe Gomez and Jarell Quansah brought into defence. Jones, Gakpo, and Harvey Elliott also came in, with Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold among the Reds’ substitutes.
Liverpool started at a good pace, with Szoboszlai the first player to try his luck inside the first four minutes. The Hungarian’s shot, though, struck Darwin Nunez. Elliott then arrowed a good effort wide from 20 yards as the Reds looked to press home their early dominance, and the youngster was inches away from the opening goal on 14 minutes, sending his effort wide from the edge of the box after good work from Jones.
Nunez headed Szoboszlai’s cross wide and both Elliott and Szoboszlai had further efforts from distance, with Jones seeing a 25-yarder held by Alphonse Areola.