Jurgen Klopp claims Leeds are a very strong side, but thinks Liverpool deserved to win

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp shakes hands with Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Liverpool beat Leeds United 2-0 in the EFL Cup this evening.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told Sky Sports that he felt his side deserved their 2-0 win over Leeds United in the EFL Cup this evening.

The Reds went into the game as hot favourites to win despite Klopp making eight changes from the side which beat Sunderland 2-0 on Saturday afternoon, but Leeds gave them a real run for their money at Anfield.

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring against LeedsLiverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring against Leeds

Winger Hadi Sacko could have put Leeds in front early on but drilled his shot at Simon Mignolet when played through on goal, whilst the closest Liverpool came in the first half was when Emre Can prodded wide following a defensive mix-up.

Leeds came out stronger in the second half, and rattled the woodwork when Kemar Roofe's strike from the edge of the box beat Simon Mignolet and came back out off the post.

Garry Monk's men were made to pay for that miss, as Divock Origi turned Trent Alexander-Arnold's superb cross into the net from close range, before teenager Ben Woodburn came on to score a second, becoming the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool's history.

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn scores their second goal against LeedsLiverpool's Ben Woodburn scores their second goal against Leeds

Liverpool are now through to the semi-finals alongside Hull City, with two of Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham United and Southampton to join them, but Leeds didn't make it easy for the Reds.

After the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke to Sky Sports, and suggested that whilst Leeds are 'a very strong' side, he didn't think they had to many chances to claim something from the game.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp shakes hands with Leeds United manager Garry MonkLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp shakes hands with Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Klopp added that Liverpool could have done better in the final third, but the Reds deserved the win, and it wasn't about playing the most beautiful football, but just about getting into the semi-finals again.

"We made a few changes, and Leeds are a very strong side," said Klopp. "But I don't think there was a lot for them to earn in the game. They defended, it was difficult with different positions for a few boys, and in the last third, we could have done better. We did, in the second half, create more around the goals and so it's a deserved win, and it's not about getting a prize for the most beautiful football, it's about going into the next round and going into the semi's," he added.

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