'What a disgrace': Liverpool thumped in history-making Cup 'farce'

An angry debate has exploded on social media after Liverpool were thrashed 5-0 by Aston Villa in the League Cup.

Liverpool are under fire after being unceremoniously dumped out of the Carabao Cup.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp's decision to field the youngest side in Liverpool's history backfired spectacularly as they were thumped 5-0 by Aston Villa in the quarter-finals of the English League Cup.

With Liverpool's senior players out of action due to the Club World Cup in Qatar on the following day, the club fielded five debutants in an XI against Villa with an average age of 19 years, six months and three days.

Aston Villa themselves made 10 changes from the side that lost to Sheffield United in the Premier League over the weekend.

However, the Villains were still able to field a vastly more experienced side than their youthful opponents and they made it count.

Liverpool's youngsters were given a footballing lesson by Aston Villa. Pic: Getty

By halftime, Villa had blown the Reds out of the water and the competition - up 4-0 after goals to Conor Hourihane, a Morgan Boyes own goal and a double to Jonathan Kodija.

Brazilian Wesley completed the scoring in stoppage time as Villa booked their place in the semi-final in emphatic fashion.

By that stage, outrage had been building on social media as fans took aim at Klopp and Liverpool for apparently "disrespecting" the Cup.

Others argued, however, that with two games in two days after last weekend's Premier League win over Watford, Liverpool were left with little choice by the English Football League (EFL).

The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute when Hourihane's whipped free-kick wide on the right eluded everybody, including Reds keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, and nestled in the bottom-left corner.

Villa doubled their lead shortly afterwards when a right-wing cross from Ahmed Elmohamady came off the boot of Liverpool defender Boyes and looped over the goalkeeper.

Kodjia added the third in the 37th minute and Villa's fourth shortly before the break when he turned in a low cross from Elmohamady from close range.

Wesley rounded off the scoring in time added on when he beat Kelleher at the far post.

Villa midfielder Hourihane was pleased to come through a "lose-lose" game on the winning side and book a semi-final berth.

"It was not easy. They are a young team and they would have been bang up for it but our quality came on in the end," he told Sky Sports Football.

"All in all it's nice to get through. It's great to get into the semi-final. We'll see who we get."

Liverpool under-23s coach Neil Critchley revealed afterwards that Villa boss Dean Smith and assistant John Terry had come into their shed.

"They said how difficult we made it for them, that we have some good players and to keep going and good luck for the future," he said.

"They (the players) know this was part of their journey tonight. There will be ups and downs along the way but my overriding feeling is of immense pride."

With AAP