Villa send second-string Reds packing

English Premier League

A second-string Liverpool outfit were thrashed 5-0 by Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening.

A completely different Reds set out on the pitch and the bench with the all the first team players currently in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The Reds still provided clear openings, with Orjan Nyland reduced to back-to-back saves from Harvey Elliott and Herbie Kane inside the first ten minutes.

Villa also showed up with a different line-up bar Mahmoud Trezeguet and Ahmed Elmohamady, and against the run of play Conor Hourihane notched home a free-kick after 14 minutes.

A stroke of good fortune helped Villa to a second three minutes later after Morgan Boyes steered Elmohamady’s cross into his own net whilst attempting a clearance from the right.

The Clarets piled more misery on the young Reds, with Jonathan Kodja running through a big gap down the middle of the defence to slot past Caoimhin Kelleher 37 minutes gone.

It became too easy for Villa whose clinicalness just before halftime steered Kodja to a second after tapping home a cross from the right by Elmohamady.

No changes from either manager occured after the break, as Kane nearly reduced the deficit with a first-time volley on 54 minutes but Nyland’s strong reflexes denied the attacker.

Gaps continued appearing for Villa, but Trezeguet, being the main culprit couldn’t profit as the big guns like Wesley entered from the bench in the final quarter.

The Reds misery was compounded when Wesley ran in behind the defence to slot past Kelleher in the final minute, as the Clarets advance to the last four.