Curtis Jones stole the limelight in Liverpool’s remarkable 5-1 triumph over West Ham in the EFL Cup at Anfield, as he celebrated his second goal. Right from the beginning, Liverpool took control of the match, launching multiple long-range shots, until Dominik Szoboszlai, the Hungarian midfielder, unleashed a powerful strike from 25 yards away, granting Liverpool the advantage after 28 minutes.
The second half unfolded in a similar fashion, with Jones displaying his talent and finding the back of the net with a smart finish from Darwin Nunez’s assist at the 56-minute mark. Liverpool extended their advantage as Cody Gakpo successfully scored 19 minutes before the end of the game, marking his third consecutive League Cup match with a goal. West Ham managed to reduce the deficit with Jarrod Bowen’s goal, but Liverpool swiftly replied with substitute Mo Salah finding the net and Jones delivering an impressive solo strike in the closing stages of the match.
With this win, Liverpool will now participate in their unprecedented 19th League Cup semi-final and are highly regarded as the frontrunners to secure their 10th title, setting a new record. In addition to answering the recent criticism they received following a goalless draw against Manchester United, the victory also provides Jurgen Klopp with various options as several less prominent players showcased their skills, giving him alternatives for the busy holiday season.
As Liverpool’s schedule for January is already filled, the upcoming two-legged semi-final will only contribute to their packed calendar. Furthermore, there is a potential scenario where their key player, Mo Salah, might be absent for a substantial period due to his participation in Afcon with Egypt. Nevertheless, Klopp and his team are no strangers to a challenging list of fixtures and are displaying an increasing belief in their ability to be a formidable force. Curtis Jones received the title of the match’s standout player due to his exceptional performance, which included successfully scoring two goals. His remarkable display might secure him a place in Liverpool’s starting lineup for their highly anticipated Premier League clash against Arsenal this Saturday, where both teams are at the top of the table.
LIVERPOOL: Kelleher 7, Gomez 7, Tsimikas 7, Van Dijk 7, Quansah 7, Endo 7, Jones 8*, Szoboszlai 8, Elliott 8, Nunez 7, Gakpo 7. Subs: Konate 7, Salah 7, Alexander-Arnold 7, Bradley 6, Diaz 6. WEST HAM: Areola received a rating of 6, Coufal also received 6, Ogbonna scored 6 as well, Mavropanos got 6, Johnson achieved a rating of 6, Alvarez received 6, Soucek also scored 6, Fornals got 6, Kudus received 6, Benrahma achieved a rating of 6, and Bowen performed well with a rating of 7. Substitutes included Paqueta with a rating of 6, Kehrer with 6, Ward-Prowse with 6, and Ings was not applicable.
Regarding the highlights of the match, Liverpool took the lead on the 28th minute with Szoboszlai’s impressive long-range goal. On the 56th minute, Jones displayed his talent by executing a skillful goal. Gakpo further widened Liverpool’s advantage by unleashing a strong shot from the outskirts of the penalty area on the 71st minute. Bowen reduced the deficit for West Ham with an extraordinary strike on the 78th minute. Salah made up for his earlier missed opportunity by scoring a precise goal on the 82nd minute. Jones secured the triumph for his team with a composed finish into the distant corner on the 84th minute.