The Carabao Cup reached the quarter-finals in December, with: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Leicester, Aston Villa, Everton, Oxford and Colchester all fighting for a place in the semi-finals.
As a result of their participation in the Club World Cup finals, Liverpool had to play a weakened side in their tie against Aston Villa, causing them to field their youngest ever starting 11 for the game. The inexperience of the squad was shown as Aston Villa were victorious in a 5-0 defeat, to send them to the semi-finals.
Both Manchester clubs were also expected to pick up victories during the quarter-finals, as Manchester United hosted Colchester at Old Trafford, and Manchester City faced an away trip to Oxford. Naturally, both sides enjoyed comfortable victories, as Manchester United beat Colchester 3-0 and Manchester city beat Oxford 3-1.
The fourth quarter-final saw Everton host Leicester at Goodison Park, with the game looking like it could be over in the first half after goals from James Maddison and Johnny Evans gave Leicester a 2-0 lead going into half-time. Everton found their way back into the game and goals from Tom Davies and Leighton Baines and brought them level and took the game to penalties, with Leicester winning 4-2 in the shoot-out. Find all of the results for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals below:
- Aston Villa 5-0 Liverpool
- Everton 2-2 Leicester (Leicester win 4-2 on penalties)
- Oxford 1-3 Manchester City
- Manchester United 3-0 Colchester