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Liverpool to play Fulham in semi-final, Chelsea face Middlesbrough

Liverpool to play Fulham in semi-final, Chelsea face Middlesbrough

Matt Jones

Published 20/12/2023 at 22:56 GMT

Liverpool have been drawn against Fulham in an all-Premier League clash in the last four of the EFL Cup. The draw for the semi-finals took place after The Reds hammered West Ham United 5-1 at Anfield. The other last-four tie will see Championship outfit Middlesbrough play Chelsea. Each tie will be played over two legs in January, with the winners reaching February’s final at Wembley.

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Liverpool have been paired with Fulham in the semi-final of the League Cup, while Chelsea will play Championship side Middlesbrough.

The tie will be played over two legs, with the first fixture on the week commencing January 8, and the second two weeks later. The final is at Wembley on Sunday 25 February.

In the other last four tie, Middlesbrough were drawn against Chelsea.

Michael Carrick’s side are the lowest ranked team left in the competition, and came through a quarter-final clash away to Port Vale, beating the League One outfit 3-0.

That means they remain on course to repeat the heroics of the Boro side of 2003/04, who famously won the League Cup for the first time in their history, beating Bolton 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Chelsea on the other hand are trying to lift their maiden piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.

Their route to the semi-finals has included narrow successes against Wimbledon, Brighton and Blackburn, all on home soil, before Mykhailo Mudryk’s late strike took their quarter-final tie against Newcastle to penalties and they eventually won on spot-kicks.

The first leg of that tie will be played at the Riverside Stadium, whereas Anfield will play host to the corresponding game in the Liverpool v Fulham tie.

The Cottagers have never previously reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, but booked their spot in the last four courtesy of a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat of Everton.

Manager Marco Silva has described getting this far as a “big moment” for the club, and he will be hoping they can go one step further, now that Wembley is within sight.

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