'Speechless': Football world erupts over 'absurd' Liverpool moment

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Pictured here, Divock Origi beats Preston keeper Declan Rudd with a ridiculous scorpion kick goal.
Divock Origi's spectacular goal left Preston keeper Declan Rudd in disbelief. Pic: BeIn Sports/Getty

Divock Origi has left the football world in a frenzy after an outlandish moment of magic in Liverpool's League Cup win over Preston.

On the same day that West Ham ended Manchester City's four-year stranglehold on the domestic Cup competition, Origi grabbed the headlines with an audacious strike that's lit up the internet.

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Liverpool had to overcome a poor start to win 2-0 at Preston, as manager Jurgen Klopp rung the changes following his side's 5-0 demolition of Manchester United in the Premier League at the weekend.

The Reds had scored 30 goals in eight previous away games this season, but a much-changed side failed to hit the heights of their historic outing at Old Trafford.

Preston had by far the better of the first-half as Adrian made a point-blank save from Sean Maguire, Neco Williams cleared off the line and Brad Potts fired over within a matter of seconds.

Liverpool were clinical as they went in front with their first shot on target just after the hour mark as Williams' cross was acrobatically flicked home by Takumi Minamino.

Klopp's men then controlled the final half hour and doubled their lead in spectacular fashion when Divock Origi's backheel dinked the ball over Delcan Rudd.

Origi has a reputation for scoring the spectacular and he dug into his bag of tricks with a strike that showcased all his footballing imagination.

The stunning strike unsurprisingly set tongues wagging on social media as the football world reacted to the incredible moment.

Holders Man City suffer Hammer blow

Liverpool will seriously fancy their chances of winning the League Cup for the first time in nine years after holders Man City crashed out on penalties against West Ham.

City's record run in the competition came to an end at the London Stadium as the Hammers emerged 5-3 winners from a penalty shootout after both sides were guilty of missing plenty of chances in a 0-0 draw.

Phil Foden was the only man to miss from the spot as Mark Noble, Jarrod Bowen, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell and Said Benrahma all found the net for David Moyes' men.

Seen here, West Ham players celebrate their League Cup win over Manchester City.
West Ham knocked out League Cup holders Manchester City on penalties. Pic: AAP

Pep Guardiola characteristically named a strong side and will feel City should have continued their run of 21 League Cup games without defeat.

Nathan Ake, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling all wasted big opportunities as the scoreline belied a contest which raged from one end to the other.

Tomas Soucek also side-footed wide two big chances to win the game for the hosts.

Foden was thrown on along with Jack Grealish in an attempt to win the game from Guardiola.

But the England international pulled City's first penalty wide and stand-in goalkeeper Zack Steffen could not bail his teammate out despite getting a hand to Bowen and Benrahma's strikes.

Elsewhere, Tottenham's bid for a first trophy since they last won the League Cup in 2008 remains on course as Nuno Espirito Santo was rewarded for naming a strong side with a 1-0 win at Burnley.

Leicester also needed penalties to see off Brighton after an entertaining game ended 2-2.

Brentford reached the last eight for the second consecutive season with a 2-1 win at Stoke thanks to first-half goals from Sergi Canos and Ivan Toney.

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