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Liverpool come back to beat Fulham in Carabao Cup semis

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Liverpool had total control inside 15 minutes following a quickfire double

Liverpool staged a second-half turnaround to beat Fulham at Anfield in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie.

The visitors had taken the lead in the first half when Willian showed great control inside the area to slot in.

It was no less than Fulham deserved after an impressive first half, but Liverpool stepped it up after the break and fought back with two goals in three minutes.

First, Curtis Jones equalized when his 68th-minute strike from distance took a big deflection off Tosin Adarabioyo to wrong-foot Bernd Leno in the Fulham goal.

Substitute Cody Gakpo then drove in a Darwin Nunez pull-back to send the home crowd wild.

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It was the second time in just over a month that Liverpool had denied Fulham success at Anfield. Marco Silva’s side had led 3-2 in the final 10 minutes of their Premier League clash on December 3, but lost 4-3.

The two sides will meet again in the second leg at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, January 24, with Jurgen Klopp’s men now in the driving seat as they look to keep alive their hopes of a record-extending 10th League Cup win.

But the Reds boss warned: “It’s not over yet.

“I didn’t expect a result where we could book the hotel. Hopefully, we will be better from the start. We couldn’t do more than win the game. I’m absolutely happy.”

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