Liverpool Storm into League Cup semis with 5-1 win vs West Ham

Szoboszlai opened the scoring for Liverpool, seizing an opportunity after Said Benrahma carelessly lost possession in midfield

Curtis Jones scored twice after the break as Liverpool run riot. — Reuters 

Liverpool cruised into the League Cup semi-finals by thrashing West Ham 5-1 in a powerful display of game at Anfield.

Curtis Jones netted twice, alongside goals from Dominik Szoboszlai, Cody Gakpo, and Mohamed Salah, securing an emphatic win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool, still reeling from a weekend Premier League draw against Manchester United, vented their frustration by dominating West Ham from the first whistle. After a goalless weekend match, their attack came alive with a staggering 34 shots against United, and they continued this offensive onslaught against West Ham.

The home team’s relentless assaults kept West Ham on the backfoot throughout the game. Szoboszlai opened the scoring for Liverpool, seizing an opportunity after Said Benrahma carelessly lost possession in midfield.

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott and Szoboszlai threatened early on, with the latter finally breaking the deadlock with a powerful strike from outside the box, leaving West Ham’s goalkeeper Alphonse Areola helpless.

Throughout the match, West Ham struggled to create opportunities, often feeding off scraps as Liverpool maintained their dominance. Despite West Ham’s attempts, they could not find their rhythm against Liverpool’s sturdy defense.

Liverpool’s Gakpo and Jones extended the lead in the second half, showcasing their offensive game acumen. Though Bowen managed to pull one back for West Ham, Liverpool’s Salah swiftly restored their three-goal advantage, sealing a comprehensive victory.

Klopp’s tactical substitutions, including the introductions of Salah, Alexander-Arnold, and Konate, only reinforced Liverpool’s dominance. The trio added to West Ham’s woes, ultimately culminating in a resounding triumph for the home side.

With this commanding win, Liverpool joins Chelsea, Fulham, and Middlesbrough in the League Cup semi-finals, displaying their intent to secure the cup once more. For West Ham, it was a night to forget, facing a relentless Liverpool side that left them struggling to keep up.

Liverpool’s relentless attacking play and clinical finishing propelled them into the semi-finals, setting the stage for an exciting conclusion to the League Cup campaign.

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