Liverpool handed EFL Cup boost as West Ham knock out title rivals Manchester City

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Manchester City were knocked out of the EFL Cup after succumbing to a penalty shootout defeat against fellow English top-flight outfit West Ham United.

The Carabao Cup holders suffered an exit prior to the quarter-final stage of the competition, with the tie having ended goalless after the full-time whistle was blown, as reported by BBC Sport.

Meanwhile, Liverpool secured their entry into the next round of the domestic cup with a 2-0 victory against Championship side Preston North End.

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With Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal the remaining traditional top six sides left in the cup in question, one might be inclined to argue that we stand a relatively good chance of securing a domestic cup this term.

The competition is far from being a priority for Jurgen Klopp, of course, with the Premier League and Champions League favoured for obvious reasons.

However, with only a handful of fixtures separating us from a Wembley appearance, there’s certainly a level of temptation to put out a stronger XI should we come up against a significantly more challenging opponent in the next round.

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