Aston Villa beat Liverpool’s youngest-ever side to reach League Cup semis

But Villa went ahead in the 14th minute through Conor Hourihane’s free kick, with Kodjia just failing to get a touch.

Morgan Boyes, one of five Liverpool debutants, deflected Ahmed Elmohamady’s free kick up and over his own keeper Caoimhin Kelleher three minutes later before 30-year-old Kodjia ran through to slot home his side’s third goal in the 37th.

Kodjia made it 4-0 just before half-time to end the match as a contest, although Liverpool carved out several good chances after the break. Villa added a fifth goal in stoppage time with record signing Wesley steering home after coming off the bench.

Before the match, Klopp said it was now time for a global reset when it comes to scheduling.

Klopp has in the past questioned questioned the domestic schedule in England, where his team is involved in two national cup competitions as well as the Premier League and Champions League.


And the Liverpool boss suggested the Club World Cup, which is scheduled to become a 24-team event in 2021 played in the European summer, could yet rise in status but that FIFA needs to find the right balance.

“They all have to sit around a table and talk about the competitions not being at the same time. From the organisational point of view everyone needs to think about it. FIFA cannot plan a tournament in the summer and then UEFA says ‘We’ll have one as well’. It is not too easy.

“You need to find a common language and talk about it. You cannot just add on tournaments, that doesn’t work,” he said.

Now that his team is in Qatar however, Klopp wants them to go all the way.

“We are here, we don’t fly 3000 miles to not show up. Our life is constantly dealing with difficult situations and finding solutions.

“We will be prepared and try to win football games. We don’t see ourselves as favourites, we see ourselves as challengers as it will be the first time to win it.”


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