Liverpool Vs Fulham Live Score Football Match 2024
Having both come up trumps in their recent FA Cup third-round ties, Liverpool and Fulham seek another knockout scalp in the first round of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening. The Reds welcome the Cottagers to Anfield on the back of a smash-and-grab 2-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup, while Marco Silva’s crop overcame Rotherham United 1-0 to reach round four.
Following in the footsteps of West Ham United – who absorbed nearly 90 minutes of pressure at the Emirates before coming away with a 2-0 victory – Liverpool were the latest team to benefit from the Gunners’ worrying wastefulness on Sunday evening, where Jurgen Klopp’s men reached round four against all the odds. With Virgil van Dijk absent due to illness and Mohamed Salah preparing to compete for Africa Cup of Nations glory, Liverpool could have easily been two or three goals down at the break, but as Arsenal tried and failed time and time again to breach Alisson Becker’s net, the Reds ruthlessly punished their hosts through a Jakub Kiwior own goal and Luis Diaz injury-time strike.
By travelling home from North London with a stellar success under their belt, the Reds are once again fighting for a quadruple of honours at this juncture – Premier League and Europa League supremacy are very much realistic aims – and the Merseyside giants will be turning out in the EFL Cup semi-finals for a record 19th time this week The nine-time winners have sent Leicester City, Bournemouth and West Ham United packing to reach the last four – albeit while failing to keep a clean sheet in any of those contests – and from their eight previous semi-final first legs at home, the Reds have never been defeated.
Sunday’s beating of Arsenal also stretched Liverpool’s unbeaten run across all tournaments to six matches, and they have gone 23 competitive games without ending up on the wrong end of the scoreline at Anfield, although their most recent EFL Cup loss on home soil came against a capital club in the shape of Arsenal in 2020. Four years later, Klopp and his opposite number Silva can share a joke over their respective beatings of the Gunners, who also succumbed to a 2-1 loss to the Cottagers on New Year’s Eve before Fulham made it back-to-back victories on Friday evening.
The visit of Championship strugglers Rotherham was not expected to be a significant test of Fulham’s FA Cup credentials, especially with Silva putting out a formidable starting XI, but only the one goal could separate the two sides in West London, as Bobby Decordova-Reid – who notched the winner against Arsenal – struck with 24 minutes on the clock.
Before Fulham can further their ambitions of a maiden FA Cup crown, the Cottagers can move one step closer to a first-ever EFL Cup triumph with a shock success at Anfield, and Wednesday’s game will mark the visitors’ inaugural semi-final appearance in the competition, with their previous best being quarter-final exits in 1968, 1971, 2001 and 2005.
The Cottagers have already tasted success against one Merseyside outfit in this year’s tournament, sinking Everton on penalties in the last eight after eliminating Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Ipswich Town in the earlier rounds, but not since the 2012-13 season has a first-time semi-finalist managed to progress to the showpiece contest.
Either Middlesbrough or West London rivals Chelsea will lie in wait for Fulham should they upset the odds over their two-legged tie, but the Cottagers have lost all five of their previous EFL Cup clashes with Liverpool and were on the wrong end of a 4-3 Premier League thriller at Anfield just one month ago.