Liverpool 2-1 Fulham: Gakpo seals advantage in Carabao Cup semifinal

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool welcomed Fulham to Anfield on Wednesday, with the two sides set to dispute the first leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal. A place in the final at Wembley Stadium would await the eventual winner, with Chelsea or Middlesbrough the opposition.

LIV: Kelleher; Gomez, van Dijk, Konaté, Bradley; Jones, Mac Allister, Gravenberch; Díaz, Jota, Elliott

FUL: Leno; Robinson, Diop, Adarabioyo, Castagne; Palhinha, Reed; Willian, Pereira, Decordova-Reid; Jiménez

Fulham took the lead in the first half after less than twenty minutes, when fine control inside the penalty area saw Willian slot past Caoimhin Kelleher to seize the lead on Merseyside.

The Cottagers deserved their half-time lead, but with a trip to Wembley at stake, the Reds looked to match their performance in the second half, restoring parity when Curtis Jones found the back of the net from distance via a deflection from Tosin Adarabioyo.

Cody Gakpo was on hand to complete the comeback soon after, ensuring the advantage rests firmly in Liverpool’s hand ahead of the return fixture at Craven Cottage on 24 January.

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Fulham will partake in a West London derby this weekend as they make the short trip to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, in what will be their final match ahead of the return leg. Liverpool have a lengthy wait for their next outing, as they will travel to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium just three days before that decisive clash in the capital.