CARABAO CUP: Liverpool handed Fulham tie in the semi-finals as Chelsea face Middlesbrough

Chelsea will face Championship side Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup semi-finals.

On Tuesday evening, the Blues scored a last-gasp equaliser against Newcastle United before prevailing 4-2 in the subsequent penalty shootout.

The reward for Mauricio Pochettino’s side is a two-legged tie with Championship side Middlesbrough, who eased past Port Vale by a 3-0 scoreline on the same night.

Boro will host to the first leg at the Riverside Stadium, the week commencing January 8, before the reverse fixture is held at Stamford Bridge.

In the other last-four tie, Liverpool will go up against fellow Premier League outfit Fulham after cruising to a 5-1 triumph over West Ham United on Wednesday.

Fulham, who got the better of Everton in a penalty shootout on Tuesday, will travel to Anfield for the first leg, with the second game being staged at Craven Cottage.

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David Moyes pays Liverpool huge compliment that fans will simply lap up

Liverpool demolished West Ham United 5-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, and David Moyes could not hide his admiration for ‘really power’ Liverpool are they swept aside West Ham United.

The Reds romped to a 5-1 triumph at Anfield to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals where the will face Fulham. The home side dominated from kick-off, with Dominik Szboszlai fizzing home the breakthrough in the 28th minute.

Curtis Jones doubled Liverpool’s lead in the 56th minute, which Moyes admitted was the ‘biggest turning point’ of the last-eight tie.

Cody Gakpo then put the Reds further ahead before Jarrod Bowen’s strike with 13 minutes remaining gave West Ham a glimmer of hope.

That didn’t lost long, though, with substitute Mo Salah restoring the three-goal advantage before Jones netted a sublime individual goal in the 84th minute.

The Hammers are also in the middle of a hectic fixture schedule like Liverpool. And despite rotating his starting line-up from last weekend’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Wolves, Moyes felt his troops were beaten by superior opposition.

The London Stadium supremo said: “We were well beaten by a really powerful team tonight. I thought Liverpool played really well. They made it difficult for us. The best part was we got in at half-time only 1-0 down and it gave us a bit of a chance. I thought we’d actually started okay and we grew into the game a little bit but we gave away a woeful second goal.

“I wouldn’t say it put the game to bed but it made it doubly difficult to get back and I just thought we’d started to get a little bit of a look in the game, which we hadn’t really had.

“I’ve got to say, I’ve been here lots of times and been beaten lots of times but tonight was probably the one where I thought: ‘My goodness, how many more are they going to get tonight?’

“We weren’t strong enough. I thought the second goal was the biggest turning point. We got in at 1-0, had done well to keep it at that but the second goal was a killer. But it’s easy to say.

“Liverpool did a lot of good things and things that didn’t go for them at the weekend that went for them tonight. Couple of shots that went through legs for goals. Different things went against us.”



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