Aston Villa rout young Liverpool 5-0 to reach League Cup semis

London, Aston Villa rolled past Liverpool’s youngest-ever side 5-0 on Tuesday to move into the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Jonathan Kodjia scored twice in a four-goal first half as Villa reached the last four of England’s second-tier club competition for the first time since 2013, Deutsche press agency (dpa) reported.

With their first-team playing the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, Liverpool fielded a team of academy players.

The Reds’ starters averaged 19.5 years of age and totaled 18 first-team appearances, with five players on their senior debuts.

“It was probably a lose-lose, everybody expected us to win,” Conor Hourihane, who scored Villa’s first goal, told Sky Sports.

“We had to be professional and do our jobs. We’re just delighted to get over the line and into the semi-final.”

Liverpool’s kids made a lively start at Villa Park but fell behind when Hourihane’s free-kick found its way through several players and into the back of the net in the 14th minute.

The hosts doubled their lead three minutes later through Morgan Boyes’ own goal and Kodjia broke the game open with a brace in the final eight minutes before half-time.

Liverpool more than held their own in the second half before Wesley closed the scoring in stoppage time.

“I thought we were magnificent from the first whistle,” Neil Critchley, Liverpool’s under-23 coach who led the squad in place of Juergen Klopp, said.

“For long periods of game I thought we were in the game.

“An incredible night, I don’t think any of us wanted it to end.”

The other three quarter-finals will be played on Wednesday with holders Manchester City at Oxford United, Manchester United hosting Colchester United and Leicester travelling to Everton for an all-Premier League affair.

Source: Bahrain News Agency