Liverpool reaches League Cup semifinals; 17-year-old Ben Woodburn scores
Liverpool is on to the League Cup semifinals after defeating Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield Tuesday, thanks in part to the contributions of 17-year-old Ben Woodburn.
The Welsh forward, who has five goals for Liverpool's Under-23 team, followed Divock Origi's late opener to cap the victory for the Reds and send them to the final four. Woodburn became the youngest scorer in Liverpool history with his right-footed finish from close range, which came off a slick combination and final assist from Georginio Wijnaldum.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp trotted out an experimental lineup, featuring a number of young players. One of them, 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold, whipped in a cross from the right that Origi redirected home for the opener.
The match began with a moment of silence for the victims of Chapecoense's tragic plane crash, in which the Brazilian club suffered mass casualties on a flight to the Copa Sudamericana first leg in Colombia.
Hull City also advanced to the semifinals Tuesday, beating Newcastle in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. Newcastle's Mohamed Diame, who left Hull in the summer, scored the opener in extra time, tallying in the 98th minute, but it was immediately matched by Robert Snodgrass. Newcastle went on to miss three of its four PKs, with Hull prevailing 3-1 in the shootout.
Liverpool is looking to add to its record eight League Cup titles. It won its last crown in 2012.