Liverpool cruise into the semi-finals as Ben Woodburn becomes Liverpool’s youngest scorer.

by Saed Balaleti | Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016

Liverpool were given a decent examination by Leeds, but in the end, two moments of class were enough to take the Premier League side into their third consecutive League Cup semi-final.

Liverpool dominated possession in the first half, but created very little. Marco Silvestri was forced to make just one serious save, from Georginio Wijnaldum, while the best chance fell to Souleymane Doukara, whose shot was blocked by Simon Mignolet.

After the break, Leeds sensed a chance, pushing forward, and Kemar Roofe looked like he’d put them ahead when he launched a beautiful curler from just outside the box, only for it to ram the inside of the post. Shortly afterwards, Wijnaldum hit the post, but then on 76 minutes, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool’s 18-year-old right-back, arced a delicious cross to the near post, where Origi poked home.

Just five minutes later, Origi and Mane turned Leeds’ right side, the cross came in, Wijnaldum moved it on one to Ben Woodburn, and the 17-year-old substitute gleefully rammed into the roof of the net, succeeding Michael Owen as Liverpool’s youngest ever scorer in the process.

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