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Team of the Round: A stand-out XI from the EFL Cup Quarter-Finals

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12:38 1st December 2016

by Alex Butcher

Four ties, four teams through, and 11 players and a manager in our latest selection of EFL Cup star performers.

We've picked out a team of names who stood out in the Quarter-Finals, to make up our EFL Cup Team of the Round. And here they are...

Goalkeeper: Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City)

Jakupovic starred for Hull as they marched into a first-ever EFL Cup Semi-Final.

The Swiss stopper was in good form during the 120 minutes, but excelled in the penalty shoot-out to save two Newcastle United penalties.

Defender: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

As he so often does, Bertrand provided a constant attacking threat for Southampton, and his goal sealed a place in the last four.

The England international also delivered the cross which led to Jordy Clasie's opener in the 2-0 win over Arsenal.

Defender: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)

Despite their exit at the hands of Hull, Lascelles was a rock at the back in Newcastle's Quarter-Final defeat.

The Premier League outfit struggled to break down the visitors throughout, and the Magpies skipper was the star performer in the backline.

Defender: Harry Maguire (Hull City)

Maguire produced another excellent EFL Cup performance to take his place in the Team of the Round.

After narrowly missing out to team-mate Michael Dawson in Round Four, the 23-year-old produced another solid defensive display to keep Newcastle at bay for much of the game.

Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

The first of two players to make the EFL Cup Team of the Round for the second time this season, Alexander-Arnold played his part in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Leeds.

The 18-year-old defended well, but it was his delightful delivery for Divock Origi which sparked the Reds' late show.

Midfielder: Kemar Roofe (Leeds United)

Roofe won't be featuring in the last four, but his performance against Liverpool was worthy of recognition.

One of the stars of last year's competition too, the 23-year-old was fantastic at Anfield and was inches away from giving Leeds the advantage against the Reds with a fine curling effort.

Midfielder: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)

Mkhitaryan made the most of his opportunity in the Manchester United starting line-up, setting up two of the goals in the 4-1 win over West Ham United.

The Armenian's brilliant back-heel teed Zlatan Ibrahimovic up for the early opener, and he set up Anthony Martial for what proved to be the decisive goal just after the break.

Midfielder: Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)

Boufal makes the Team of the Round for the second successive time following his dazzling display against Arsenal.

The Moroccan's blocked effort led to the first goal and he set up the second, while constantly mesmerizing the opposition with his trickery in the 2-0 win.

Forward: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

Martial bagged a brace for Manchester United as they booked their place in the last four.

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Forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

The talisman's early opener set the tone against West Ham, and the Swede kept going until the very end – grabbing his second in the closing stages of the 4-1 win.

Forward: Ben Woodburn (Liverpool)

He may have only played 23 minutes, but Woodburn had a night to remember following his introduction as a second-half substitute.

At 17 years and 45 days old, the teenager smashed home Liverpool's second goal in front of the Kop, to become the club's youngest ever goalscorer.

Manager: Claude Puel (Southampton)

Puel inspired Southampton to a 2-0 win at Arsenal, overcoming Arsene Wenger, who used to manage the Saints boss when the pair were at Monaco.

The victory was the only away success of the round, and it sets up a first domestic semi-final for the Saints since their successful 2010 EFL Trophy campaign.

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