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Liverpool vs West Ham LIVE: Carabao Cup result and final score after Curtis Jones doubles up in thrashing

Liverpool 5-1 West Ham: The Reds found their clinical touch and thrashed the Hammers after goals from Dominik Szoboszlai, Cody Gakpo, Mohamed Salah and a brilliant double from Jones

Michael Jones
Wednesday 20 December 2023 22:50 GMT
Mo Salah scores 200th Liverpool goal

Liverpool cruised into the Carabao Cup semi-finals as the nine-time winners thrashed toothless West Ham 5-1 at Anfield.

The Reds were much improved from their blunt display in Sunday’s stalemate with Manchester United and dominated throughout, with goals from Dominik Szoboszlai, Cody Gakpo, Mohamed Salah and a brilliant double from Curtis Jones.

West Ham boss David Moyes belatedly brought on Lucas Paqueta and James Ward-Prowse with his side three goals down and Jarrod Bowen pulled one back with the visitors’ first shot on target.

But Salah came off the bench to deny any hopes of an unlikely comeback before Jones added his second after a wonderful run and finish. Jurgen Klopp’s side now join Chelsea, Fulham and Middlesbrough in the semi-finals as the Reds await the results of the Carabao Cup draw.

Follow all the live updates from Anfield in the blog below and get the latest odds and tips here.


Liverpool demolish West Ham as goals arrive at just the right time

A policy of shooting on sight can work after all. After Liverpool spent Sunday accumulating shots without scoring, the floodgates opened in the Anfield rain. Their 34 efforts brought no goals against Manchester United. Three days later, they tried and tried and tried again and 29 attempts yielded five goals, each courtesy of a fine finish. Persistent, determined, enterprising and excellent, they demolished West Ham, exorcising some of their frustration from Sunday’s stalemate. They surged into a semi-final as the favourites to win a second Carabao Cup in three years.

They performed with the elan of a team who can sense glory, West Ham with the ineptitude of one whose manager has never won at Anfield. David Moyes’ streak stretches back more than two decades and 21 matches, but this was his heaviest defeat to Liverpool. On a near-perfect night for Klopp, Curtis Jones struck twice with Dominik Szoboszlai, Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah also scoring high-class goals for a team who were dominant and ambitious from the off. But an eventual shot count of 29-2 was an indictment of the Hammers.

Report by Richard Jolly at Anfield

Liverpool demolish West Ham as goals arrive at just the right time

Liverpool 5-1 West Ham: The Reds joined Chelsea, Fulham and Middlesbrough in the semi-finals and are taking advantage of an open draw

Jamie Braidwood20 December 2023 22:08

Liverpool and Chelsea avoid each other as Carabao Cup semi-final draw confirmed

Liverpool will play Fulham in the Carabao Cup semi-finals while Middlesbrough face Chelsea.

Liverpool, who defeated Chelsea to win the League Cup in 2022, put West Ham to the sword in a 5-1 thrashing at Anfield on Wednesday night and are favourites as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to win the tournament for a record-extending 10th time.

Fulham are into the League Cup semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history as they hunt a first major domestic trophy. Marco Silva’s side defeated Everton on penalties on Tuesday and would play in their first major final since finishing runners-up in the 2009 Uefa Cup should they defeat Liverpool and reach Wembley.

Liverpool and Chelsea avoid each other as Carabao Cup semi-final draw confirmed

The Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place across 9/10 and 16/17 January

Jamie Braidwood20 December 2023 22:50

Curtis Jones’ post match reaction

“I just want to play, whether it is the Carabao Cup, Europa League or Premier League, I just want to play.

“I want to score goals and help the team. It is okay playing well but you need to score goals, I’ve scored two so a big smile on my face!

“There is energy in the team. Mohamed Salah didn’t start but came on and scored. Trent came on and assisted. It shows the quality of the team. It is an exciting season.”

Jamie Braidwood20 December 2023 22:29

FT Liverpool 5-1 West Ham

Cody Gakpo, speaking to Sky Sports: “An important game to get through. We did our best and it was a good game in the end. We have a good team, we have amazing players. The only thing we have to do is stay focused and stay together and keep working hard and then the quality will come out.

“We have to keep calm and stay focused and keep going.”

Jamie Braidwood20 December 2023 22:13

FT Liverpool 5-1 West Ham

With Liverpool secure in the final four, next comes the draw for the semi-finals. Harry Redknapp will be pulling the balls and coverage of the draw can be found right here:

Carabao Cup draw LIVE: Final four teams set to discover semi-final fate

Three Premier League sides remain - but who will face who in January’s semi-finals?

Mike Jones20 December 2023 21:59

Full-time! Liverpool 5-1 West Ham

90+4 mins: Liverpool advance to the Carabao Cup semi-finals. West Ham’s promising cup run is over and they leave Anfield having been humbled by the Reds.

They were poor on the night and it’s cost them heavily.

Mike Jones20 December 2023 21:52

Liverpool 5-1 West Ham

90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play at Anfield. West Ham just want to get on the bus back to London. It’s been a tough night for David Moyes’ team.

Mike Jones20 December 2023 21:48

Liverpool 5-1 West Ham

87 mins: It’s now an embarrassing scoreline for West Ham but one that fairly reflects the dominance of Liverpool.

They’ve been the better side since the very start and it’s just been one of those games where the hosts have taken their opportunities.

The remaining three semi-finalists will all be dreading getting drawn against Jurgen Klopp’s men in the next round.

Mike Jones20 December 2023 21:44

GOAL! Liverpool 5-1 West Ham (Jones, 84’)⚽️

84 mins: Five!

West Ham are all at sea. Jones receives the ball just inside the opponent’s half and runs unchallenged into the right side of the penalty area.

He then flicks a shot to the opposite bottom corner and bags himself a brace.

Mike Jones20 December 2023 21:42

GOAL! Liverpool 4-1 West Ham (Salah, 82’)⚽️

82 mins: Salah scores this time!

Liverpool win back possession on the edge of their own box and Trent Alexander-Arnold threads it straight through the middle as Mo Salah makes a run towards the box.

He carries it into the penalty area then slots a simple shot wide of Alphonse Areola to add Liverpool’s fourth.

Mike Jones20 December 2023 21:40

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