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Leeds United draw Liverpool at Anfield in Quarterfinals of the 2016/17 EFL Cup

After the best game in years, Leeds look to continue their magical EFL Cup run against Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool at Anfield. No big deal.

Liverpool v Hull City - Premier League
Coutinho and Firmino... meet Bartley and Jansson.
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Would it be great to win the EFL Cup? Sure. Will any result be fine in the Quarterfinals after that awe-inspiring Fourth Round effort in the win over Norwich City? Absolutely.

Leeds United topped Norwich last night in penalty kicks after fighting back, down a man and a goal, in the second half of extra time. It was the sort of win you tell all your friends about, even the ones that don’t care about Leeds football (if you have any of those).

For this blogger, it was probably my favorite win of the decade. I really can’t say enough about it. Guts, passion, and genuine, heartfelt excitement from all the players after Ronaldo Vieira’s kick went in. And against a team we truly hate... all the better.

So tonight’s draw was important, but for me, kind of an icing on the cake. I don’t think anyone expects Leeds to win the now-rebranded League Cup, but there were certainly some juicy possibilities for the Quarterfinal draw.

Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester City were all knocked out in the round of 16, but Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United (of course) remained as possibilities. So too did West Ham, Southampton, Newcastle, and Hull, but the vast majority of our readers wanted a big-budget club to travel to Elland Road, and of those, there was one clear wish:

So what happened? Well... 23% of you should be excited, based on that.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool FC. Alright then. A trip to Anfield will certainly excite many, as we get the most dramatic of the Quarterfinal matches. Manchester United drew West Ham at home, Arsenal landed Southampton at the Emirates, and Newcastle United travels to Hull City in the most boring of the four.

So what can we expect from Liverpool? Good lord, it’s going to be something. We’ll have a full reaction and preview here at Through It All Together soon, but I’m excited enough.

How did our Leeds-loving friends respond?

As I said, it’s icing on the cake for me. A fun evening in November at Anfield, a chance (albeit slim) to upend Klopp and a top team in the Premier League on international television... yeah, I’ll take that. It’s not Manchester United at Elland Road, but maybe we get that in the semi-finals.

And then of course, there’s this...

Fine. Let’s take care of Milner, Coutinho, Sturridge and Karius on the road (or Liverpool’s B team, let them underestimate us) and announce our coming back party to the rest of the world. MOT.