Aston Villa utterly annihilated the first place team in the English Premier League representative squad 5-0 on Tuesday night. The victory puts Aston Villa through to the semi-final of the Carabao Cup hosted in the United Kingdom. Liverpool sat many of their starters for the game, and actually started the youngest ever Carabao Cup eleven to hit the pitch. In fact, the line up put forth by Liverpool had an astoundingly low average age of 19 years and 182 days. The 92 team tournament that started in August is coming to a close, as Aston Villa continues on in hopes of winning the title game on March 1st at Wembley Stadium.
Aston Villa struck first off a free kick from outside the box in the 14th minute. It was the 28 year-old Irishman Conor Hourihane who drove the ball past Liverpool’s 21 year-old keeper Caoimhin Kelleher. The next goal, an own goal, came quickly in the 17th minute when Liverpool’s Morgan Boyes tried to shield a cross out of bounds; the ball propelled into the air and perfectly past his own keeper. The next two goals came off the foot of Jonathan Kodjia in the 37th and 45th minutes. The French striker showed off his blazing speed and clever positioning as the goals came from his right and left feet, respectively. Finally, it was Wesley Moraes who put the game to bed in the 92nd minute with a delectable run behind the center back slotting the fifth of the night for the boys in maroon. It was the Brazilian youngster’s first goal of the Carabao Cup.
With this young Liverpool side, the 5-0 defeat was tough. However the team showed great skill, and there are a few boys on the squad who show strong potential. Harvey Elliot and Rhian Brewster are two of the standouts for the reds. Elliot is only 16 years-old, yet has a bright future in front of him. The future star is also the youngest player to ever appear in an English Premier League game at 16 years and 30 days.
Liverpool looks to continue its historic season in the EPL on Boxing Day against second place Leicester City, a game that simply cannot be missed. The game will begin at 3 PM EST. Liverpool has been laying waste to its competition this year, with an astounding 16-0-1 record in the EPL. The team has a bright future in its prospects, but the youngsters could be moved to other clubs in the future.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa tries to stay away from relegation as they sit at 17th place in the EPL. Only Southampton, Norwich City, and Watford sit below them on the table, and Aston Villa’s recent struggles with a record of 1-3-1 in the past five games does not sit easily as a team fearing relegation. However, yesterday’s victory over a strong band of talented young players acts as a great team morale boost heading into the second half of the season. The Carabao Cup semi-final draw comes out today, and the Aston Villa squad will be eagerly awaiting to see who they will play in the next round for a two match bout.