Liverpool youngsters shine in EFL Cup
Before all that though, it was a sad day in football across the world on Monday, and of course it still is as this article goes to press. The Chapecoense football team air plane crash was a devastating loss of life and so very sad. The team from Brazil were due to play in a cup final in Medellin, Colombia tonight but unfortunately they never landed late on Monday night. Miraculously three soccer players, two crew members and a journalist survived but 71 people lost their lives.
Both Liverpool and Leeds United Football Clubs paid their respects on Tuesday night before the game and I’ve heard that Brazilian Lucas asked Klopp if he could wear a black armband during the game. Klopp apparently said of course and that they would all wear them. Onto the game and this was Liverpool’s chance of reaching a League Cup Semi-Final for a third straight season. In their way a Leeds team currently going well in The Championship under Garry Monk.
Klopp stuck with what he’d done so far this season in the EFL Cup and made eight changes from our game at the weekend and going with some of the lads who’ve played in the previous rounds. As a squad though we were going into this with a record of fourteen matches unbeaten so the odds were in our favour. Leeds made a fair few changes as well, with top goalscorer Chris Wood starting on the bench and Pontus Jansen missing through illness.
6000 travelling supporters gave it a good atmosphere and it seemed to get their team going right from the off, with Hadi Sacko going clean through on 3 minutes but thankfully Mignolet made the save. Kemar Roofe, who was their main threat from long-range, then had a strike on 10 minutes but Mignolet saved again. Just a minute later though and Wijnaldum connected well for us but Silvestri in the away goal superbly tipped it over for a corner
After the open attacking first twenty minutes from both teams, things seemed to calm down and there wasn’t too many more incidents after that. Credit to Leeds then that they were holding their own come half time.
Is it just me, I don’t think it is, but does every else worry that Moreno always looks like he’s got a really bad error in him? He can do some good things at times but he’s a constant worry. Into the second half and Kemar Roofe was at it again with a wonderful bending strike that left Mignolet stranded, unfortunately Leeds didn’t take the lead as the ball came back off the post. Leeds kept trying and were seeming to get on top at this point, Wijnaldum then hit the post for us and the tie seem to change in our favour.
First it was the young right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, he looked up, took his time and whipped the ball in to find Origi near the front post, who got ahead of the defender and tapped it in. Then it was another youngster, striker Ben Woodburn, who’d only been on the pitch for 10 minutes or so. He finished superbly to give us a 2-0 lead after some great sharp initial passing down the right-hand side of the pitch. With that strike he became the youngest ever Liverpool goalscorer taking over Michael Owen’s record, who twitted later to pass on his congratulations.
Leeds still had a couple of chances after that to try to get back into the game, but with some poor finishes the game ended with Liverpool through to the semi’s to face Southampton over two-legs in January.