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Liverpool convincingly defeated West Ham United in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals to secure a spot in the competition’s last four.

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The Reds displayed dominance throughout the match at Anfield, controlling possession in and around West Ham’s territory for extended periods. Cody Gakpo and Harvey Elliott had early attempts narrowly missing the target in the opening 15 minutes. The breakthrough came in the 27th minute when Dominik Szoboszlai took advantage of West Ham’s defensive lapse, unleashing a stunning strike from 25 yards into the bottom left corner.

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Liverpool almost doubled their lead just before halftime, with Cody Gakpo’s header narrowly missing the post from Elliott’s well-crafted cross. The second goal arrived early in the second half, courtesy of Curtis Jones, who, from a tight angle, slotted the ball under Alphonse Areola after a well-timed pass from Darwin Nunez.

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Cody Gakpo extended Liverpool’s lead to 3-0 in the 70th minute, capitalizing on West Ham’s defensive retreat with a precise shot from outside the box. Despite the overall dominance by Liverpool, West Ham managed to pull one back in the final 15 minutes through Jarrod Bowen, who showcased brilliance with a curled effort from the right.

However, Liverpool quickly responded, restoring their three-goal advantage. Mohamed Salah, having missed an earlier opportunity, received a superb long through pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold and calmly slotted the ball past Areola. The scoring was completed two minutes later when Curtis Jones bypassed West Ham’s midfield and defense, finding the net for the fifth goal in Liverpool’s 5-1 victory.

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