AFC Bournemouth’s historic Capital One Cup run came to an end in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
The Reds found themselves 3-0 up just after half-time, but Dan Gosling pulled one back to keep the Cherries’ hopes alive.
Eddie Howe’s team pushed for a way back in to the tie and hit the woodwork through Gosling with a little over 20 minutes to play.
Last season’s Premier League runners up took the lead thanks to Raheem Sterling, who added a second after the interval following Lazar Markovic’s strike.
With the Cherries starting in characteristically quick fashion, the first chance fell to Callum Wilson and he sidefooted just wide from inside the six yard box.
The opening exchanges were end-to-end and Artur Boruc had to save at full stretch to deny his former Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana.
However, it was one of the England midfielder’s current colleagues who got the opener as Sterling stooped to nod in Jordan Henderson’s header back across goal in the 20th minute and put the Reds ahead.
It was 2-0 seven minutes later as Markovic re-directed the rebound from Philippe Coutinho’s low shot into the far corner.
The Cherries responded well though and Simon Francis cut the ball back to the unmarked Yann Kermorgant, who fired over in a promising situation.
The visitors made life hard for their lower league opponents with long spells of possession, but Gosling was unfortunate not to add to his total in the competition with a thunderous volley, which was bravely blocked.
The Cherries’ cup dream was hanging by a thread and it took a further hit when Sterling neatly slotted past Boruc six minutes after the restart.
Gosling ensured the match wasn’t over as a contest though, collecting Ritchie cross, beating his man and squeezing a shot beyond Brad Jones.
The home crowd were lifted as substitute Ryan Fraser then headed narrowly wide shortly after referee Mark Clattenburg had waved away Wilson’s penalty appeal.
Howe’s side continued to turn up the pressure as Gosling struck the woodwork and Ritchie smashed the follow up off target.
It was just too little too late as the Reds advanced to the final four thanks to some clinical finishing before the Cherries had truly got going.
Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cargill, Smith, Ritchie, O'Kane (Pitman 81), Gosling, Stanislas (Fraser 53), Kermorgant (Arter 53), Wilson.
Unused substitutes: Camp, Cook, Daniels, MacDonald.
Goal: Gosling (57)
Liverpool: Jones, Toure, Skrtel, Lovren (Sakho HT), Henderson, Gerrard (Borini 90), Coutinho (Can 74), Lallana, Lucas, Sterling, Markovic.
Unused substitutes: Mignolet, Lambert, Moreno, Manquillo.
Goals: Sterling (20, 51), Markovic (27)