Belgian striker Divock Origi and youngster Ben Woodburn scored second-half late goals to bring #Liverpool to the EFL Cup semifinals, as The Reds defeated second division team Leeds United at Anfield on Tuesday. 17-year old substitute Woodburn scored Liverpool’s second goal and put his name into the books, as the youngest scorer with just 17 years and 45 days. His strike breaks previous record, held by Michael Owen, by almost 100 days.
Tough game for the title contenders
Despite a bunch of injuries, including Brazilian magician Philippe Coutinho, Jurgen Klopp still sent a very strong starting team to face Leeds United, as Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane made the starting XI. The German coach also gave chances to Kevin Stewart, Ovie Ejaria and Alexander-Arnold. Meanwhile Garry Monk made four changes from the team that successfully faced Rotherham at Saturday.
Leeds United started the game strong, as they created the first chance when Sacko was stopped by Liverpool’s keeper Simon Mignolet after just three minutes of the game. Few minutes later former Arsenal man Kyle Bartley mad a fatal mistake, but fortunately for the visitors, Emre Can couldn’t put the ball into the net. The half ended goalless, as Liverpool youngsters didn’t dare to make a mistake.
A day to remember for Liverpool's academy product
The Belgian striker, Divock Origi edged the hosts ahead, taking advantage of 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold’s superb cross to turn past Leeds United’s goalkeeper. Few moments later, former Newcastle United player Georginio Wijnaldum teed up Liverpool’s academy product, Woodburn for his dream moment in front of the Anfield. The youngster kept his composure to put the ball past the keeper from close range, giving his team precious breathing space. Leeds United thought for a second that they pulled one goal back, but substitute Chris Wood was offside.
The Reds will now appear in the EFL League Cup semi-final for the 17th time, more than any other team in England. The fans from the Anfield Road enjoyed an exciting preview of what the future may hold thanks to the talented youngster. #Football #Premier League