Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 EFL Cup 2016 Live Commentary: The Reds prevail in late-blooming game

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 EFL Cup 2016 Live Commentary: The Reds prevail in late-blooming game
Eric Dier and James Milner clash at White Hart Lane (photo: Getty Images / Julian Finney)
Liverpool
2 1
Tottenham
Liverpool: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold( Ings, min 68'), Klavan, Lucas, Moreno; Stewart, Wijnaldum, Grujic(Can, min 89'), Ejaria, Origi (Clyne, min 68'), Sturridge
Tottenham: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Dier (Wanyama, min 67), Winks; Onomah, Carroll (Lamela min 61), Nkoudou( Harrison, min 83); Janssen.
SCORE: 1-0, min 9, Sturridge. 2-0, min 64, Sturridge. 2-1, min 76, Janssen.
REFEREE: Jonathan Moss(ENG) Alexander-Arnold(min 26) Harry Winks(min 90+1') Kevin Wimmer(min 90+2')

So, that's it from my side. And it was an enjoyable evening. Not too enjoyable for Spurs fans though, if only they care more about the competition than their manager himself. So, this was Kaustubh Pandey. I'll see you around sometime later! Goodnight!

FULL TIME! In what was a game that came to life in the last quarter, it was Daniel Sturridge, who proved to be the real difference maker for Jurgen Klopp's side. With that, Liverpool march on into the quarter-finals of the competition, knocking out the finalists of the 2014-15 season. The game was an exhibition of the youngsters that both sides have up their sleeve and lived upto the hype of being a big game, in the second half.

90+3' Harry Winks, who found a lot of space in the midfield, charged forward, before launching a shot over the bar from some way out. Mauricio Pochettino applauds and certainly appreciates that. The youngster has had an impressive outing.

90+2' Ings is at the receiving end of another challenge Kevin Wimmer gets himself booked for that.

90+1' Harry Winks, who loses the ball in the midfield, comes down hard on Danny Ings and receives a deserved yellow card.

90' Four minutes of added time to be played. Clyne's effort from just outside the box seemed like going in, but goes just wide of Vorm's goal.

89' Grujic, who has got nothing left in his tank, has been replaced by Emre Can, who gives intructions to the players after coming on.

88' Liverpool come ever-close to sealing it. Danny Ings, who was clean through, fails to finish as Michel Vorm makes a commendable save to keep Spurs in it.

86' What a chance that was for young Harrison. The 19-year-old fails to control the ball properly after Janssen's impressive long ball had found him right in front of the keeper. What a debut that could've been.

83' Its Nkoudou who is being brought after what has been a rather frustrating game for him. Young Shayon Harrison makes his first-team debut. 

82' As Anfield gets nervous, Liverpool manage to clear a corner unconvincingly. Wanyama was played in by Winks, but the Kenyan's effort was gobbled well enough by the watchful Mignolet.

81' Sturridge was half an inch away from getting his hat-trick there. His shot from inside the box took a deflection and struck the woodwork and came out. Ings couldn't reach it and Vorm got a finger on it. That could've killed Spurs off. It's not over yet.

79' After Spurs spring a number of passes together in the final third, Janssen laid it off to Lamela, who was apparently taken down by Moreno in the box. Spurs players asked for a penalty but referee Jon Moss waived play-on.

76' GOAL! Tottenham's new number nine steps up confidently to bury the penalty home. Mignolet went the wrong way. Its game on now! 

75' PENALTY TO TOTTENHAM! Lucas brings down Lamela from the back in the box after the Argentine had held the ball up.

73' The resulting Wijnaldum free-kick  is batted away well by Vorm, who is a man to be thanked today.

72' Ejaria is brought down by Wanyama after a lovely bit of play from Liverpool leaves Spurs gasping. Around 23 yards out.

71' Sturridge, who will be hungry for his hat-trick, strikes a free-kick from outside the box, clean over the bar. 

68' The Reds make a double change. Alexander-Arnold goes off, paving way for the return of a man who has hardly featured since Brendan Rodgers' sacking- Danny Ings. Nate Clyne comes on for Origi. If you can make two, we can make them too, says Klopp.

67' Anfield is in full voice now, well almost. And Spurs decide to make their second change. Victor Wanyama comes on for Eric Dier. And Origi looks cramped. He has run a lot today, hasn't he? Anfield is chanting his name.

64' GOAL! After Spurs lose possession while attacking, they lose track of defending. Origi slides Sturridge through, who finishes emphatically after being one-on-one with Vorm. The break-dance never ceases to come!

61' The first change of the game comes from Tottenham. Tom Carroll goes off and its Erik Lamela who comes on to change the game.

60'Origi's effort from some way out stings Vorm, who parries it and Liverpool win a corner.

56' Nearly another opportunity for Sturridge there. Wijnaldum had pulled a pass back to him, but Vorm was onto it before he could get a second touch and score.

55' Harry Winks lost the ball in the midfield and Grujic latches onto it, before trying to set Sturridge through. But the Englishman couldn't get it control and the ball rolls to Vorm, who gathers it.

54' Sturridge could've had an open goal in front of him to score, but Kevin Wimmer gets a touch before Origi's well weighted from the right could reach him.

51' Trippier, who has looked good so far, had a pop at goal from outside the box, after Janssen had played a strange, long back pass to him, sees the shot over the bar.

50' Spurs play some neat passes near the Liverpool final third, after Harry Winks had done well to play the ball out of crowded area and Onomah had carried it away from three Liverpool palyers.

46' Dier brings down Stewart before the youngster could release Sturridge, who making a run in behind the Spurs backline.

We're back underway here. No half-time changes. But Spurs are chasing this game.

As expected, pressing has been the name of the game. Both sides are unleashing their own styles of pressing. This has made the game midfield dominated.

HALF TIME. In what has been a rather scrappy first half, in which both sides are still trying to get themselves into properly, its Daniel Sturridge's strike that has handed Liverpool a lead. And the Red kids have seemingly been a better side and the Lilywhite kids have to step up their game. The tie though, still hangs in the balance and is far from settled.

45' Two minutes have been added on. The crowd has gone silent.

44' Some scrappy football here. Balls being won and lost in the midfield. Janssen, who is on the right flank tries to pick out Winks, who is making a run in behind Klavan. But the Estonian steps up and recovers the ball.

41' As Spurs win a corner, Lucas is seen instructing Klavan as to how to position himself in the box. Hard to figure out who happens to be a midfielder originally.

39' Big chance goes begging for Liverpool. Sturridge sets Grujic up, who runs into a outside right channel. His shot at goal goes meering past Vorm's right hand post.

38' Moreno seems to be playing like a left-midfielder, if not a left forward!

37' Trippier vs Moreno is turning out to be some battle. Both push and shove each other till the Spaniard reaches the Spurs half and wins a corner. But nothing comes of it.

36' Tottenham realize that its time they press their hosts. They push them back to Mignolet, who clears and Dier's header wins it back in the midfield for Spurs, who have begun to impose themselves over the game a little now.

33' Vincent Janssen's forces Mignolet into his first save of the evening after controlling a Trippier cross on his chest and letting one go from his right. 

29' Carter-Vickers and Grujic went head-first into each others' heads. The medical team come on and check if they're concussioned. But they seem fine.

26' Alexander-Arnold shows a bit of immaturity here and picks up a yellow card for a cleaning-up job on Ben Davies.

23' Kieran Trippier's cross from the right flank creates half a chance for Vincent Janssen, whose header loops over the bar.

21' A chance goes begging for Spurs. It could've led to a goal. As Winks was making a run close to the box, outside of Onomah, the ball fails to reach the young English. Liverpool get their shape back.

16' Liverpool are pressing Spurs high up the pitch and are forcing them into their own half as Pochettino's men look to get their passing rhythm going in the Liverpool half.

11' Sturridge almost doubled the lead. After turning Kevin Wimmer inside out impressively, his shot was tipped over by Vorm. And Spurs survive. Sturridge is on song, it seems.

9' GOAL!! Marco Grujic nicked the ball off Nkoudou and the young Serbian's deflected shot fell to Danny Sturridge, who made no mistake in burying it. 

6' And its Nkoudou who shows what he's capable of after launching a mazing run past Alexander-Arnold down the left flank. His run although, is halted by Lucas.

4' The Liverpool youngsters just gave something to worry about for Spurs. Jurgen Klopp applauds the effort of Stewart after Alexander-Arnold's pacy run down the right had given glimpses of what he's capable of.

2' Spurs win successive corners, after Lucas had conceded the first. It comes to nothing though as Simon Mignolet makes his first of many catch.

1' Liverpool have an early free-kick for an offside. First of the game.

1' And they've kicked off!!

And the teams are out as You'll Never Walk Alone blares from the stands. 

And this happens to be Kevin Georges-Nkoudou's first Tottenham start since joining from Marseille this past summer. He could well be the man they need to get the goals today. The youngster looked threatening in their Champions League clash against CKSA Moscow.

Lucas is captaining Liverpool today and is making his first start after the Premier League clash here against Leicester. Most of us remember the assist he pulled off for Jamie Vardy, don't we?

We're around a half an hour away from the much-anticipated kick at Anfield. The sides aren't full strength, unlike the last time around in that 1-1 stalemate, but it promises to be an intriguing encounter, despite that!

The last time both sides faced off in the League Cup was back in 2008 when Spurs had emerged as comfortable 4-2 victors. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Fraizer Campbell had grabbed a brace each.

Jurgen Klopp has seemingly placed more responsibility a lot of young shoulders to take them through to the next, although he doesn't care much about it. 18-year-old Trent Alexander Arnold has got a go at right back and Ovie Ejaria starts in the midfield three of what looks like a mobile 4-3-3 formation here.

Spurs will play in the 4-2-3-1, with Tom Carroll playing as a number ten behind Janssen. Young defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, who impressed in the pre-season friendlies starts alongside last summer's signing Kevin Wimmer. 

Both sides, who are gunning for the title this season, seem to have decided their priority-list already. Both are clearly fieldling their second-fiddle sides and it's an opportunity for some youngsters to impress wile those like Vincent Janssen, Alberto Moreno, Simon Mignolet and Kevin-Georges Nkoudou to prove their managers of the first-team credentials that they have.

Tottenham subs: Lopez, Walkes, Vertonghen, Amos, Lamela, Wanyama, Harrison.

Liverpool subs: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Can, Lallana, Mane, Ings

Tottenham XI: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Dier, Winks; Onomah, Carroll, Nkoudou; Janssen.

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lucas, Moreno; Stewart, Wijnaldum, Grujic, Ejaria, Origi, Sturridge

The squads are out!!

These two teams have met already this season, albeit at White Hart Lane. It was an entertaining game, with Liverpool going ahead through a James Milner penalty. Michel Vorm, who will likely play tonight, made a string of excellent saves to keep Tottenham in the game, and it paid off as Danny Rose scored an equaliser to ensure it finished 1-1. 

For Tottenham, Moussa Sissoko is suspended after the FA charged him with violent conduct for an elbow on Harry Arter against Bournemouth, whilst Vincent Janssen could really do with a goal to boost his confidence. Another new signing, Georges Kevin Nkoudou will expect to start the match. 

Both managers are expected to make changes to their teams today for the game, however a number of stars will still be on show due to the large depth that each side has. Danny Ings, who has starred for Liverpool's under-23 side this season will hope to get some minutes, whilst Jürgen Klopp confirmed on Monday that Simon Mignolet will start, after having his goalkeeping spot taken by Loris Karius during recent weeks. Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge will both hope to start, and get back in amongst the goals. 

How has each side made it to this stage? Due to participating in European football this season, the Lilywhites have only had to win one game to get to this stage. They did that convincingly, defeating Gillingham 5-0 at home. Liverpool aren't in Europe this season, so have played two games, both away. They beat Burton Albion 5-0 in the second round, and then Derby County 3-0 last time out. 

These two teams are both in excellent form. Spurs are yet to lose a domestic game this season, whilst Liverpool haven't lost for two months, with both in the top four of the Premier League. However, the Reds are the only ones who come into the game off the back of a win, as they beat West Brom 2-1 at home on Saturday. Spurs struggled away at Bournemouth earlier in the day, drawing 0-0. 

This is the first of two nights of fourth round action, as 16 teams look to make it through to the quarter finals of the EFL Cup, or League Cup as it's more commonly known. Liverpool vs Tottenham is one of the higher profile ties of the round, that and Manchester United vs Manchester City tomorrow. If the game ends in a draw after 90 minutes tonight, we'll have extra time and then potentially penalties. It's winner takes all this evening!

Good evening everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of Liverpool's English Football League Cup fourth round tie with Tottenham Hotspur. I'm Kaustubh Pandey, and I'll be taking you through all the action at Anfield, with kick-off on Merseyside set for 19:45 BST. Until then though, stick with us as we build up to the game and get all the team news around an hour before the game gets underway.