ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Liverpool host West Ham United on December 20 in the last of the quarterfinals in this season’s EFL Cup.
The tournament, called the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, will be the first major trophy on offer in the English season, with the final set for February 25, 2024.
Liverpool have won the competition a record nine times, most recently in 2022, and more success would underline their improvement in 2023/24 after a difficult previous season.
However, this quarterfinal will be far from straightforward. Jurgen Klopp is likely to field a rotated side given the Reds’ commitments in the league and Europa League this season, and West Ham may consider this an opportunity to claim a famous away win at Anfield.
That said, David Moyes’ team face Manchester United in the Premier League in three days’ time, so the Hammers boss will have to be careful when it comes to managing his players’ workload.
The Sporting News will be following the Liverpool vs. West Ham match live, providing score updates, commentary, and highlights as they happen.
Liverpool vs West Ham live score
Liverpool (4-3-3, right to left): (4-3-3): Kelleher (GK) — Bradley, Gomez, Quansah, Chambers — C. Jones, Endo, Elliott — Gordon, Gakpo, Doak.
West Ham (4-3-3, right to left): Areola (GK) — Kehrer, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Emerson — Alvarez, Soucek — Kudus, Fornals, Benrahma — Ings.
Liverpool vs West Ham live updates, highlights, and commentary
1 hour 15 mins to KO: And how might West Ham line up for this one? Well, with his side going well in the Europa League and on the cusp of the European spots in the Premier League, David Moyes has a difficult balance to strike. There are also rumours circulating of illness running through the Hammers camp ahead of tonight’s tie.
1 hour 40 mins to KO: Some interesting news reaching us with 40 minutes to go until the teams are released. The Sporting News understands that Virgil van Dijk starts for Liverpool, which perhaps suggests that Jurgen Klopp will go stronger than many have anticipated.
2 hours to KO: Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Fulham have all secured their places in the semifinals of this season’s Carabao Cup. Will Liverpool or West Ham join them?
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— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) December 20, 2023
Liverpool vs West Ham lineups, team news
Liverpool boss Klopp is likely to once again rotate his squad heavily amid a congested upcoming festive schedule. Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has struggled recently in his regular cup duty, but Klopp will likely continue to give Alisson a rest for this Carabao Cup quarterfinal.
Alexis Mac Allister is still out for the Reds, as confirmed by assistant manager Pep Lijnders, who also noted that Ryan Gravenberch is suffering from muscle fatigue and his availability is unclear. Young midfielder Stefan Bajcetic is still nursing a calf injury, so misses out on a chance to potentially get some game time.
Diogo Jota, Thiago and Andy Robertson all remain sidelined with longer-term injuries, and Joel Matip is done for the season with an ACL tear.
Liverpool projected lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Kelleher (GK) — Bradley, Gomez, Quansah, Chambers — C. Jones, Endo, Elliott — Gordon, Gakpo, Doak.
Liverpool subs (9): Matchday squad released one hour prior to kickoff
As much as David Moyes may like to take advantage of this situation with the Hammers in the Carabao Cup last eight against a weakened Liverpool team, he is also set to make changes. This competition is likely third on West Ham’s priority list behind the Europa League knockout stage and the fight for a European place in the Premier League.
Candidates for a rest could be those with a heavy load of late, including James Ward-Prowse, Lucas Paqueta and Jarrod Bowen. Moyes may wish to keep the likes of Edson Alvarez and Mohammed Kudus in the lineup to continue their ongoing integration into the club and promising form.
Michail Antonio was injured on international duty and will miss a significant period of time, providing an opening for Danny Ings to start for the second time in the League Cup.
West Ham projected lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Areola (GK) — Kehrer, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Emerson — Alvarez, Soucek — Kudus, Fornals, Benrahma — Ings.
West Ham subs (9): Matchday squad released one hour prior to kickoff
Liverpool vs West Ham live stream, TV channel
|Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football
|beIN Sports 3
|beIN Sports Connect
USA: This EFL Cup match from Anfield will be broadcast exclusive on ESPN’s premium streaming platform ESPN+ in the United States. ESPN has the rights to the entirety of the 2023/24 EFL Cup, placing all games on ESPN+ with only select matches chosen for broadcast on television.
UK: Wednesday’s match will be shown in the UK on Sky Sports platforms.
Canada: League Cup matches in Canada are exclusively broadcast by DAZN.
Australia: Australia’s League Cup rights-holder is beIN Sports, who will broadcast this on beIN Sports 2 as well as their streaming service beIN Sports Connect.