LIVERPOOL 2-0 Leeds United
Liverpool move through to the League Cup Semi Finals with a win over Leeds United.
Klopp has been known to previously change successful Premier League sides for Cup competitions and this squad was just as widely changed as you probably expected. We saw some Academy players even that have recently signed long term professional contracts for Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold, Stewart and Woodburn.
Despite the much changed squad, the fixture itself felt a lot like the recent Sunderland game. The possession was high again and we saw plenty of chances in attack but when it came to actually putting the ball in the net, there was a long bout of frustration. Mostly because the fans yet again, had to wait 75 minutes before a goal was scored. The worried Reds fans and their team needed victory to progress in this competition – a goalless draw absolutely would not be good enough.
Origi had been substituted on for the injured Coutinho during the Sunderland game, but the Belgian played from the start of this fixture. Once again, after about 3 quarters of the game gone, he’d be a hero and send Liverpool on their way to victory with the first goal of the game. Liverpool 1-0 Leeds
Liverpool weren’t done scoring yet though. Just six minutes later, one of our Academy stars (Ben Woodburn) got himself deep inside the penalty area and volleyed home a goal to make it Liverpool 2-0 Leeds. The youngster is officially the youngest player to ever score for Liverpool at the age of 17 years and 45 days. Michael Owen was 17 when he scored but a lot nearer 18 years still than Woodburn is right now. This guy is making history for the club. Keep an eye on him and remember his name. WOODBURN.
Leeds never had a response to these goals, they couldn’t score themselves. Mignolet has been proving himself with a clean sheet, something we’ve waited a long time to see if Karius can do in more than one game, continuously hopefully. The manager has a great choice of goalkeepers right now. I’d be confident of victory in the Final of the League Cup with either in goal.
Man Of the Match?
Divock Origi‘s doing so well at the moment and his little spell of goals couldn’t come at a better time with some key attackers like Lallana, Sturridge and Coutinho out injured. We need him to be a key player, just like they are and he’s answered “no problem, I can do that”. Just what we need.
I hope he’s rewarded with further experience in the first team, even when we start to have less injured players. Lallana and Coutinho are much loved players we could never do without when they’re fit but Sturridge is losing some popularity with fans who think “Liverpool have enough key attackers without Daniel” and some fans who get frustrated over just how much he’s been injured during his time at the club. I think Origi would be a welcome addition to the team at any time. We appreciate his efforts right now, for sure. Would he ever get picked as a starting 11 selection over a fully fit Daniel Sturridge though? We’ll see what the future brings for him later.
Liverpool face Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. It’ll be December by then! Until then, walk on with hope in your hearts. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.