Liverpool’s slump in form continued after they lost a third match in four games away to Chelsea on Tuesday when they lost 2-0 in the FA Cup fifth round.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travelled to west London having lost their 44-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League away to Watford on Saturday. The Reds lost 1-0 at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 matchup 11 days prior to that.
Stand-in Reds goalkeeper Adrian couldn’t handle Willian’s rocketed attempt in the 13th minute when the shot spun off his gloves and into the net:
Kepa Arrizabalaga enjoyed a storming first half featuring a number of impressive saves after returning to Frank Lampard’s XI. The second-string Liverpool lineup failed to answer the challenge, and Ross Barkley settled the scoreline with a goal in the second half to secure Chelsea’s place in the quarter-finals.
Premier League peers Newcastle United were 3-2 winners in their visit to Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion, where Miguel Almiron’s improved a prolific FA Cup record after bagging his first Newcastle brace. The former Atlanta United star seized upon a terrific assist from Allan Saint-Maximin for their opener and doubled the advantage himself just before the break.
Saint-Maximin was again key in helping Valentino Lazaro score his first Newcastle goal for their third, though Matt Phillips and Kenneth Zohore’s strikes proved nothing more than consolatory:
Sheffield United also progressed to the FA Cup’s last eight after they beat Reading 2-1 after extra time at the Madejski Stadium. David McGoldrick’s first-half header steered Chris Wilder’s men ahead before the break, but George Puscas’ penalty equaliser extended their FA Cup stay.
Substitute Billy Sharp was well-placed to head home the decider after 105 minutes and extend his club’s stay in the cup.