Liverpool came from behind to defeat Fulham 2-1 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. Fulham took an early lead through Willian, taking advantage of a defensive error from Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool equalized with a long-range goal from Curtis Jones that deflected off Tosin Adarabioyo. The hosts completed the comeback with a goal from substitute Cody Gakpo, assisted by Darwin Nunez. The victory gives Liverpool the advantage heading into the second leg at Craven Cottage on January 24. Liverpool struggled to regain their composure after Fulham’s opener, with Van Dijk receiving a yellow card and risking further punishment with a late tackle. Fulham remained compact and difficult to break down, threatening offensively. This victory marks the second time Liverpool has come from behind to defeat Fulham at Anfield, following their 4-3 win in the Premier League in December. In the second half, Liverpool showed signs of improvement, with Ryan Gravenberch and others creating chances. Fulham had an opportunity to double their lead but squandered it. Liverpool took advantage of this and scored two quick goals to secure the win. Liverpool had to settle for a one-goal advantage in the end. The winner of the second leg at Craven Cottage will face either Middlesbrough or Chelsea in the final. Jurgen Klopp praised the performance of 20-year-old Conor Bradley and highlighted the team’s mentality. He emphasized the need for a strong performance in the second leg to reach the final.