Juergen Klopp tasted victory for the first time as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 1-0 on Wednesday to reach the League Cup quarter-finals while Manchester City were at their best as they thrashed Crystal Palace 5-1.
Goals have been a priceless commodity for Liverpool this season and it was another nervy night as they scored in the first half through Nathaniel Clyne but could not add to their tally and were forced to hang on for the win.
Goals are rarely in short supply at the Etihad Stadium and City were ruthless as they brushed aside Palace with efforts from Wilfried Bony, Kevin de Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Yaya Toure (penalty) and Manu Garcia.
There was more woe for managerless Aston Villa who lost 2-1 at Southampton. Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pelle put the hosts two goals up before Scott Sinclair netted a late consolation from the penalty spot.
Manchester United’s home tie with Middlesbrough went to a penalty shootout after the match finished goalless after 120 minutes. England trio Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed in the shootout with Middlesbrough winning 3-1.
Draw for the quarter-finals of the League Cup:
Middlesbrough v Everton
Southampton v Liverpool
Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday
Manchester City v Hull City