London: New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed victory at the fourth attempt as his team edged Bournemouth 1-0 in the League Cup on Wednesday, while Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace 5-1.
Liverpool had recorded draws against Tottenham Hotspur, Rubin Kazan and Southampton in Klopp's first three games after succeeding Brendan Rodgers, but Nathaniel Clyne's first-half strike got the German off the mark.
Liverpool players after their win. Pic/ AFP
Elsewhere, Premier League leaders City swept into the quarter-finals courtesy of a 5-1 home victory over Palace, but it came at the cost of an injury to right-back Pablo Zabaleta.
Wilfried Bony headed City in front from Aleksandar Kolarov's 22nd-minute corner before Kelechi Iheanacho teed up Kevin De Bruyne to tap in his sixth goal in nine club games shortly before half-time.
Second-half goals by Iheanacho, Yaya Toure, from the penalty spot, and 17-year-old substitute Manu Garcia sealed victory, with Palace replying through Damien Delaney's 89th-minute header.
Liverpool 1 (Clyne 17) Bournemouth 0
Manchester City 5 (Bony 22, De Bruyne 44, Iheanacho 59, Toure 76-pen, Garcia 90+4) Crystal Palace 1 (Delaney 89)
Manchester United 0 Middlesbrough 0 aet Middlesbrough win 3-1 on penalties
Southampton 2 (Yoshida 51, Pelle 77) Aston Villa 1 (Sinclair 90+4-pen)
Everton 1 (Osman 68) Norwich City 1 (Bassong 51) aet Everton win 4-3 on penalties
Hull City 1 (Hernandez 105+1) Leicester City 1 (Mahrez 100) aet Hull City win 5-4 on penalties
Sheffield 3 (Wallace 27, Joao 40, Hutchinson 51) Arsenal 0
Stoke City 1 (Walters 52) Chelsea 1 (Remy 90+1) aet Stoke City win 5-4 on penalties