Liverpool secured their spot in the EFL Cup semi-finals on a special night for teenager Ben Woodburn. The 17-year-old, who only made his debut on Saturday, thumped home his side’s second goal against Leeds at Anfield.
The Reds had been frustrated by their Championship opponents before Divock Origi turned home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross with 15 minutes to go.
Woodburn then doubled the lead as he thumped the ball into the net from close range, in front of the Kop – making him the club’s youngest ever scorer.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard was in the stands for the match, watching young Woodburn impress just as he did against Blackburn at the same venue on the same day 18 years before.
With a host of injuries to deal with and a congested festive fixture schedule looming, Liverpool coach Klopp rang made eight changes from the side that beat Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday and gave several youngsters an opportunity to shine.
There was a makeshift feel to the way Liverpool played in the first half as Leeds enjoyed the best chances with Hadi Sacko forcing a superb early save from Simon Mignolet and Kemar Roofe curling a beautiful effort against the post after the break.
It was not until later in the second period that the hosts began to find some rhythm, with Georginio Wijnaldum striking the post minutes before Origi slid in to poke a brilliant cross from another youngster, Trent Alexander-Arnold, in at the near post.
Woodburn’s moment arrived five minutes later with Origi’s cross to the far post finding the young striker unmarked. He smashed the ball high into the net and wheeled away in celebration in front of a jubilant Kop.
A drab encounter that finished 0-0 after 90 minutes at Hull sprang to life in extra time as Newcastle took the lead when Mohamed Diame prodded home in the 98th against his former club.
The advantage lasted just a minute, however, with Robert Snodgrass equalising for Hull, who played with 10 men in extra time after striker Dieumerci Mbokani was sent off in the 89th.
Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic was the shootout hero, saving from Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouffran, while their Newcastle team mate Dwight Gayle hit the crossbar.
Arsenal host Southampton and Manchester United welcome West Ham United in the two remaining ties on Wednesday.
(With agency inputs)