Aston Villa vs Liverpool LIVE: Latest score, goals and updates from Carabao Cup quarter-final tonight

Follow the latest updates live from the Carabao Cup quarter-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool as the two Premier League sides battle it out for a place in the last four.

Liverpool are not only without their entire first-team squad for the match but also manager Jurgen Klopp, with the senior side in Qatar for the Fifa Club World Cup where they are in action on Wednesday. As a result, Under-23’s coach Neil Critchley will take charge of the quarter-final side that will feature the youngest team selected in Liverpool’s history.

Villa boss Dean Smith has no such issues, but with an important match against relegation candidates Southampton to prepare for on Saturday, he has made changes to his side. Follow the live updates below.

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2019-12-17T20:07:50.460Z

21 mins: Aston Villa 2-0 Liverpool

Liverpool don’t look too shellshocked from that quick-fire sucker punch, and are having more of possession where Villa are happy to sit back. However, you get the impression a goal before half-time is a must if they are to get back into the match, and at least they do look like they’ll work themselves a chance or two.

2019-12-17T20:05:05.260Z

17 mins: Aston Villa 2-0 Liverpool

Oh no… how unlucky can you get? Elmohamady breaks free down the right flank, and attempting a deep cross aimed towards Hourihane, the ball clips off the boot of left-back Morgan Boyes and loops over the head of Kelleher and just out of his reach, doubling the lead in the space of three minutes.

It’s going to be a big ask for this Liverpool team to get back into this one already.

GOAL!

2019-12-17T20:02:52.940Z

17 mins: Aston Villa 2-0 Liverpool

GOAL FOR ASTON VILLA!

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2019-12-17T20:01:41.646Z

14 mins: Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool

Villa win another free-kick, this time on the right of the area, and Conor Hourihane whips a right-footed effort around the two-man wall that deceives Kelleher and beats the goalkeeper at his far post, getting a hand on it in the process. The presence of Kodjia just in front of the goalkeeper clearly impacted on the goal, but replays show he was onside regardless and the goal stands.

GOAL!

2019-12-17T19:59:53.463Z

14 mins: Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool

GOAL FOR ASTON VILLA!

2019-12-17T19:59:21.840Z

13 mins: Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool

Trezeguet breaks down the left and gets away from Van den Berg, who eventually has to concede the foul and give away a free-kick on the edge of the area. Kelleher manages to punch the delivery clear, and the chance goes begging.

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2019-12-17T19:56:56.133Z

10 mins: Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool

Christie-Davies does well to win possession back on the edge of the Villa area, with his deflection falling kindly for teammate Herbie Kane. Unlike his namesake, the England captain, Kane makes a mess of the shot and fires it well over. However, with the next attack Liverpool very nearly take the lead, with Elliott pulling clear of Taylor and cutting inside to fire a left-footed effort that Nyland has to palm away for a corner. 

Villa then fail to get the corner away and the ball comes back into the box for Kane to strike at goal, which again Nyland has to safe, and eventually Villa are let off the hook when Elliott fires the rebound into the side-netting. Real danger signs for Villa, and it looks like the left-back Taylor will be in for a tricky night.

2019-12-17T19:52:56.253Z

7 mins: Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool

The first real Villa attack comes centrally and takes a good clearance from Van den Berg to clear the danger.

2019-12-17T19:51:02.076Z

5 mins: Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool

The first chance falls to Liverpool as Elliott dinks a ball over the defence rather nicely, only for Longstaff to be flagged for offside. Regardless, his volley went wide of the Villa keeper Nyland, but these are early warning signs for Villa.

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2019-12-17T19:49:22.060Z

2 mins: Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool

Unsurprisingly Villa make a steady start and try to assert themselves through Kodjia down the right, who loses out as he tries to force his way goalwards. A loose ball from Taylor though nearly gifts Longstaff possession deep in Villa territory, and a shaky clearance from the defender seconds later invites pressure onto the home side.

KICK OFF

2019-12-17T19:45:39.753Z

1 min: ASTON VILLA KICK-OFF TO GET THE QUARTER FINAL UNDERWAY!

2019-12-17T19:42:25.173Z

Led out by James Chester and Pedro Chirivella, here come the teams to a close-to-full Villa Park!

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2019-12-17T19:41:03.050Z

In Liverpool-related news, Flamengo have managed to fight back from behind to beat Al-Hilal 3-1 and reach the Club World Cup final. Should Klopp’s side defeat Monterrey tomorrow evening, it will be a showdown against the South American champions that awaits them in Sunday’s final.

But tonight it’s all about the Carabao Cup and the academy stars as they try to put Liverpool through to yet another semi-final. How will Villa live up to their tags as favourites, and will they be able to cope with the expectation that they should comfortably beat what is essentially a youth team? We’re not far from finding out.

2019-12-17T19:33:28.213Z

Liverpool manager Neil Critchley on if he feels like Jurgen Klopp for the day:

“Not quite. Really proud, it’s obviously a great moment for me but more importantly it’s a great moment for the players. I hope they go and play like I know they can and if they do then I’ll be very proud.

“Jurgen will be watching in Qatar tonight.”

2019-12-17T19:23:22.970Z

Another unusual aspect of this team selection from Liverpool is that the shirt numbers are extraordinarily high, with the numbers in the academy starting at 60 – with the highest going to forward Tom Hill and his No 99.

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2019-12-17T19:14:29.716Z

A penny for your thoughts, Harvey?

Sixteen-year-old Harvey Elliot familiarises himself with Villa Park ahead of kick-off – which is half an hour away.

2019-12-17T19:04:35.773Z

To say that this Liverpool team is inexperienced doesn’t quite getting the point across…

2019-12-17T19:00:28.296Z

It’s certainly one of the most unfamiliar Liverpool sides we’ve ever seen, but what a chance to shine on a big platform this is for the club’s youngsters. Jurgen Klopp will be watching on from Doha with a keen eye on the likes of captain Pedro Chirivella and 16-year-old Harvey Elliot, who signed from Fulham in the summer and has already been touted as one to watch at Anfield.

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2019-12-17T18:53:35.213Z

As promised, Liverpool name their youngest ever starting line-up, with an average age of just 19 years, six months and three days.

Aston Villa are also heavily-changed, though they still do feature first-team players with Douglas Luiz starting and the likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn on the bench.

Liverpool: Caoimhin Kelleher; Ki-Jana Hoever, Sepp van den Berg, Morgan Boyes, Tony Gallacher; Herbie Kane, Pedro Chirivella, Isaac Christie-Davies; Harvey Elliott, Luis Longstaff, Thomas Hill

Subs: Ben Winterbottom, Tom Clayton, James Norris, Leighton Clarkson, Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Jack Bearne, Layton Stewart.

Aston Villa: Orjan Nyland; Ahmed Elmohamady,James Chester, Ezri Konsa, Neil Taylor; Henri Lansbury, Douglas Luiz, Conor Hourihane, Jota; Jonathan Kodjia, Trezeguet.

Subs: Lovre Kalinic, Frederic Guilbert, Kortney Hause, John McGinn, Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley

2019-12-17T18:47:11.553Z

When is it?

Aston Villa vs Liverpool kicks off at 7:45pm GMT.

Where can I watch it?

The Carabao Cup quarter-final will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 7:30pm.

It can also be streamed online on desktop or mobile devices via the SkyGo app.​

Line-ups

Liverpool: Caoimhin Kelleher; Ki-Jana Hoever, Sepp van den Berg, Morgan Boyes, Tony Gallacher; Herbie Kane, Pedro Chirivella, Isaac Christie-Davies; Harvey Elliott, Luis Longstaff, Thomas Hill

Subs: Ben Winterbottom, Tom Clayton, James Norris, Leighton Clarkson, Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Jack Bearne, Layton Stewart

Aston Villa: Orjan Nyland; Ahmed Elmohamady,James Chester, Ezri Konsa, Neil Taylor; Henri Lansbury, Douglas Luiz, Conor Hourihane, Jota; Jonathan Kodjia, Trezeguet.

Subs: Lovre Kalinic, Frederic Guilbert, Kortney Hause, John McGinn, Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley

Prediction

The young Reds are undoubtedly talented but they will have it all to do against what even with wholesale changes will be a vastly more experienced home team. Aston Villa 3-1 Liverpool

Odds

Aston Villa to win: 1/3

Liverpool to win: 5/1

Draw (after 90 minutes): 6/1

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