LONDON (AP) – Two goals from Raheem Sterling ensured Liverpool avoided a League Cup slip-up with a 3-1 win at second-tier Bournemouth today, while Tottenham eased into the semi-finals with a 4-0 victory over Newcastle.
Lazar Markovic netted between Sterling’s first goals since September as Liverpool won on the south coast. Progress in English football’s second-tier knockout competition came after a demoralising week saw Liverpool exit the Champions League and slip further down the Premier League.
Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado scored in Tottenham’s demolition of Premier League rival Newcastle.
Tottenham and Liverpool are in the draw later today for the two-legged semi-finals alongside Premier League leader Chelsea and third-tier side Sheffield United, who advanced yesterday.