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Liverpool 2-0 Leeds: Ben Woodburn becomes club's youngest ever goalscorer as Reds reach League Cup semi-final

Published 29/11/2016

Liverpool's Welsh striker Ben Woodburn (L) scores his team's second goal during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Welsh striker Ben Woodburn (L) scores his team's second goal during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Welsh striker Ben Woodburn (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno controls the ball during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the EFL Cup, Quarter Final match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Leeds United's English head coach Garry Monk (C) watches his players from the touchline during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (left) and Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara (right) battle for the ball during the EFL Cup, Quarter Final match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Substitute Ben Woodburn of Liverpool stands alongside Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Ovie Ejaria of Liverpool jumps for a header during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (C) jumps to make a save during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can controls the ball during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Emre Can of Liverpool and Hadi Sacko of Leeds United battle for the ball during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Kyle Bartley of Leeds United and Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool shake hands prior to the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United is watched by Ragnar Klavan of Liverpool during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool players observe a minutes silence for the victims of the plane crash involving the Brazilian club Chapecoense prior to the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leeds United's French midfielder Hadi Sacko (L) vies with Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the EFL Cup, Quarter Final match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Liverpool fans hold a Brazilian style flag as they observe a minutes silence for the victims of the plane crash involving the Brazilian club Chapecoense prior to the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Leeds players huddle prior to the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
The Liverpool crest sits on a corner flag pole ahead of the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho holds his foot as he lies on the pitch injured during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 26, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool prodigy Ben Woodburn enhanced his burgeoning reputation by becoming the club's youngest ever goalscorer in the 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final win over Leeds.

The academy graduate, at 17 years and 45 days, beat Michael Owen's record by 98 days to write his name into Anfield history books with an emphatic 81st-minute finish.

Divock Origi scored five minutes before having previously laboured against an industrious Leeds side who took the game to their hosts.

With playmaker Philippe Coutinho ruled out for at least five weeks with ankle ligament damage and striker Daniel Sturridge missing again with a calf injury, Woodburn - and Origi with a second goal in as many matches - offered a welcome positive after a difficult few days for the Reds.

It put Liverpool into a record 17th League Cup semi-final and their fourth in the last six years, having lost the final to Manchester City last season and won the trophy in 2012.

Considering most Premier League teams who come to Anfield now look to suffocate their opponents Leeds manager Garry Monk took the opposite view.

He was rewarded for it as the Sky Bet Championship side dominated the game and the better chances and should have been ahead long before Liverpool finally made the breakthrough.

Hadi Sacko set the tone in only the third minute when he sprang the offside trap only to be denied by Simon Mignolet, one of eight changes from Saturday's win over Sunderland which may have accounted for the lack of rhythm in Liverpool's game.

Aside from Marco Silvestri's save from Georginio Wijnaldum's volley - set up by a sublime defence-splitting pass from 19-year-old Ovie Ejaria - Liverpool barely created anything.

Emre Can almost capitalised on substitute Kalvin Phillips' errant backpass but poked past the far post, and otherwise the Leeds defence were finding it relatively comfortable.

Early in the second half Kemar Roofe, the visitors' chief threat, saw his curling shot rebound off the post after beating Mignolet, who then denied the Leeds attacker's angled shot.

Another chance went begging when Kyle Bartley headed wide at a corner and there was a growing sense that Leeds would pay for missing so many chances against one of the highest-scoring sides in the Premier League.

Wijnaldum crashed a shot against the post before Origi, who had been guilty of wanting too many chances in the penalty area, finally decided to keep it simple and slid in at the near post to convert Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross.

But the biggest roar of the night came nine minutes from time when substitute Woodburn joyously blasted into the roof of the net in front of the Kop to cap a memorable few days for the teenager.

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