Liverpool booked its place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup — where it will face Fulham home and away in a two-legged semi-final next month — by beating West Ham United 5-1 at Anfield in a resounding victory. Curtis Jones scored twice and Dominik Szoboszlai, Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah also found the back of the net.
And post-match, West Ham boss David Moyes, who has now gone 21 matches at Anfield without a win, was keen to lavish the Reds with plenty of praise, pointing out that he was always expecting a response after the goalless draw with Manchester United last Sunday which left Jürgen Klopp and his players frustrated.
“Liverpool played very well and obviously we didn’t play well enough,” Moyes said live on Sky Sports post-match. “The second goal was a killer when we were beginning to grow back into the game,” he admitted. “We gave them a really poor goal that made it really hard for us to get back and get any form of result.
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“We didn’t do particularly well in some areas for some of the goals and we could have done much better. We beat Arsenal [in the previous round] and then we probably had the hardest draw of all coming to Anfield. We made a few changes to try and give people chances to show what they can do and because of the scheduling, and we were up against a really strong opponent.
“It’s a tough place to come and that is how it proved. We are not making excuses but we are involved in a few trophies. We’re looking forward to the European one. Tonight was disappointing but we played against a really strong team that played really well. They were really fast and competitive and we found it very difficult to even get a foothold.”
West Ham, currently ranked eighth in the Premier League table, offered very little threat on the night. Moyes’ squad has been put under pressure recently but never really looked like causing Caoimhín Kelleher any persistent issues.
Moyes praised Klopp’s side on multiple occasions. “We were well beaten by a really powerful team,” Moyes added during his post-match press conference. “Tonight was a really tough tie for anybody and it would have been a huge thing. We’ve had an unbelievable run and you are allowed to say that at times.”
Liverpool.com says: West Ham was surprisingly poor here. Moyes kept Lucas Paquetá (arguably the best visiting player to have come to Anfield already this season) on the bench until late on and the rest of the players didn’t offer very much. Liverpool was completely dominant and got the exact result and performance that it needed ahead of the huge game with Arsenal on Saturday.
Moyes was right to label the Reds as being ‘powerful’. The press was back and with the likes of Darwin Núñez and Dominik Szoboszlai looking more confident, there was a spring back in Liverpool’s step in attack. The message from that pair and a few others to Klopp was clear: ‘I need to be starting this weekend’.
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