Carabao Cup: Aston Villa defeats Liverpool 5-nil to progress to Semi-final - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Carabao Cup: Aston Villa defeats Liverpool 5-nil to progress to Semi-final


They were the youngest team in the club’s history, with an average age of just over 19, but Liverpool’s involvement in the Carabao Cup this season is over after a bizarre night at Villa Park.

Aston Villa are into the semi-finals for the first time since 2013 after a routine victory against a Liverpool team whose manager and first-team players are over three thousand miles away in Qatar.

Jurgen Klopp will insist he had no choice as his senior squad prepare to face Monterrey in the semi-final of the Club World Cup on Wednesday, yet this was a farcical experience and a nadir for the competition.

With under-23s coach Neil Critchley standing in as manager, it is a game that will go down in Liverpool history and the future does appear bright for youngsters here including Harvey Elliott and Herbie Kane.

It could have been a more memorable night for the club’s kids if Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland had not performed so impressively, but it still felt like a cruel, if unavoidable, learning curve.

Villa recovered from a sloppy start to score four goals in the first-half, with substitute Wesley adding the fifth deep into added time, and the five-times winners will now be hoping for a favourable draw.

It was billed as a clash between Liverpool’s youth team versus Villa’s reserves before kick-off.

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