Liverpool thrash West Ham to reach EFL Cup semis

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Curtis Jones scores Liverpool's second goalLiverpool's second goal from Curtis Jones was their 500th in the competition

Liverpool cruised into the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a dominant performance against West Ham at Anfield.

Once Dominik Szoboszlai had driven a superb 25-yard effort into the bottom corner after 28 minutes, Liverpool's place in the last four was never in doubt.

Curtis Jones added a second 11 minutes after the restart when he deceived Alphonse Areola into thinking he was going to cut a cross back from the edge of the six-yard box, and instead drove a shot through the Hammers' keeper's legs.

Cody Gakpo was given too much space to fire home his eighth goal of the season 19 minutes from time, then Mohamed Salah made it four when he raced clear of the visitors defence and finished, before Jones finished off an excellent run by adding his second.

There could have been more as the excellent Harvey Elliott, Gakpo and substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold all went close and Salah put the rebound wide of an empty net after Areola had touched a Darwin Nunez shot on to a post.

It was the first time Liverpool had scored five at home against the Hammers since 1998 and keeps them on course for a record-extending 10th triumph in the competition they last won as recently as 2022.

For Hammers boss David Moyes, it was a disappointing night. The former Everton boss is still waiting for his first victory in this stadium after 21 visits and Jarrod Bowen's 77th-minute goal with West Ham's first shot on target was scant consolation.

Elliott outstanding in Reds romp

The match-winning hero at Crystal Palace on 9 December, Elliott has made all but one of his Premier League appearances this season off the bench.

In the cups, though, the 20-year-old has started every game, and provided more evidence of his talent as he excelled in both wide and central areas.

Elliott gave a sign of what was to come for West Ham as he cut in from the right wing and sent a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

The England Under-21 international was just as likely to turn up on the left and at points in the second half, he played the midfield anchor as well.

Elliott drew applause from manager Jurgen Klopp for a deep cross to Gakpo, from which the Dutchman bounced a header millimetres wide of the Hammers goal.

Evidently, Elliott also has a bit of the cheeky chappie about him and after Areola had produced a decent save to turn away a close-range effort from an acute angle, the former Fulham youngster took a short break by sitting on the nearby LED board.

On a night when Liverpool matched their biggest win of the season, Elliott made a telling contribution without getting his own name on the scoresheet.

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Liverpool

Squad number62Player nameKelleher

Squad number2Player nameGomez

Squad number78Player nameQuansah

Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

Squad number21Player nameTsimikas

Squad number8Player nameSzoboszlai

Squad number3Player nameEndo

Squad number17Player nameJones

Squad number19Player nameElliott

Squad number18Player nameGakpo

Squad number9Player nameNúñez

Squad number5Player nameKonaté

Squad number7Player nameDíaz

Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

Squad number84Player nameBradley

West Ham United

Squad number23Player nameAreola

Squad number5Player nameCoufal

Squad number15Player nameMavropanos

Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

Squad number2Player nameJohnson

Squad number28Player nameSoucek

Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez

Squad number14Player nameKudus

Squad number8Player nameFornals

Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

Squad number20Player nameBowen

Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá

Squad number18Player nameIngs

Squad number24Player nameKehrer

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

62Kelleher2Gomez78Quansah4van DijkSubstituted forKonatéat 60'minutes21TsimikasSubstituted forBradleyat 69'minutes8SzoboszlaiSubstituted forSalahat 60'minutes3EndoSubstituted forAlexander-Arnoldat 60'minutes17Jones19Elliott18GakpoSubstituted forDíazat 78'minutes9NúñezBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

5Konaté7Díaz11Salah13Adrián42Clark49Gordon53McConnell66Alexander-Arnold84Bradley

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

23Areola5CoufalSubstituted forKehrerat 72'minutes15Mavropanos21Ogbonna2Johnson28Soucek19ÁlvarezBooked at 52minsSubstituted forIngsat 81'minutes14KudusSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 72'minutes8Fornals22BenrahmaSubstituted forLucas Paquetáat 57'minutes20Bowen

Substitutes

1Fabianski3Cresswell4Zouma7Ward-Prowse10Lucas Paquetá18Ings24Kehrer33Emerson45Mubama

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 5, West Ham United 1.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 5, West Ham United 1.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tomás Soucek.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ben Johnson.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joe Gomez.

Darwin Núñez (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darwin Núñez (Liverpool).

Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Liverpool. Darwin Núñez is caught offside.

Foul by Jarell Quansah (Liverpool).

Lucas Paquetá (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal! Liverpool 5, West Ham United 1. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Foul by Jarell Quansah (Liverpool).

Lucas Paquetá (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal! Liverpool 4, West Ham United 1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a through ball following a fast break.

Substitution, West Ham United. Danny Ings replaces Edson Álvarez.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Darwin Núñez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Curtis Jones.

Offside, West Ham United. Thilo Kehrer is caught offside.

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