Liverpool win 2024 Carabao Cup

2024 Carabao Cup Final Review

Jurgen Klopp’s young Reds side get the better of Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues at Wembley Stadium.

The culmination of the efforts from the players of Liverpool and Chelsea led them to Sunday’s 2024 Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. Jurgen Klopp was looking to lead the Reds to a record 10th League Cup triumph, whilst Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues headed into the final looking to win the first piece of silverware since the Argentine Head Coach took over in July 2023.

Liverpool’s most recent win in the Carabao Cup Final had come against their West London counterparts two years previously. Following a 0 – 0 draw after extra time, a very tense penalty shoot-out saw the Reds edge the Blues 11 – 10 in the end.

As for Chelsea, whilst their most recent appearance in the League Cup Final was in 2022, their most recent triumph in this competition came in 2015, where their opponents under that famous Wembley arch were their North London rivals – Tottenham Hotspur. It was to be a 2 – 0 win for a Blues side then managed by José Mourinho. Goals from John Terry (45’) and Diego Costa (56’) either side of half time sealed what was a 5th League Cup win for the club.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool went into the final looking to make history as the first English club to win this competition 10 times, whilst Chelsea was looking to not only get revenge for their 2022 defeat but also to win the first piece of silverware of the Mauricio Pochettino era at Stamford Bridge.

Ultimately, the Reds made history with their 10th Carabao Cup/League Cup. Here, we review the action from Wembley Stadium.

The first significant opportunity to score the opening goal in this game came courtesy of Colombian forward Luis Diaz, but with the shot looking like it would find the top left corner, Chelsea Goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic was there to deny him with a fantastic save to keep the game on level terms (9’).

The Blues had an effort on goal themselves a few moments later through Malo Gusto, but Irish stopper Caoimhin Kelleher was there to make a superb save to deny the French full back (13’).

Petrovic was forced into action once again before 15 minutes had elapsed when Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allister fired a fierce shot towards goal, but the Serbian stopper was there to deny him. Diaz made the Blues keeper work immediately after that, forcing Chelsea’s goalkeeper into another save (14’).

With 20 minutes having elapsed, former Manchester City player Cole Palmer came close himself to giving Chelsea the lead, only to be denied by save from Kelleher (20’). An effort from Blues forward Nicolas Jackson was then well blocked by the Reds’ backline a minute later (21’).

The next significant opportunities came in the dying embers of the first half, and they came the way of Liverpool. Right back Conor Bradley had an effort blocked (45’), as did Luis Diaz just mere moments later (45+1’).

The half-time whistle then went with the score between Chelsea and Liverpool level at 0 – 0.

Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo had the first opportunity of the second half, but he was not able to put the Reds ahead with his shot going just wide of the left post (47’).

Chelsea thought that they had taken the lead a few minutes later, but Raheem Sterling was declared offside when he put the ball into the back of the net (51’). The score, therefore, remained level.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool then had a couple of opportunities of their own. Harvey Elliott forced a great save from Petrovic before Diaz had an effort fly just wide of the right post after receiving a pass into his feet from Alexis Mac Allister (58’).

Pochettino’s Blues had a goal disallowed by VAR, and so did Liverpool. With just half an hour of the game remaining, Virgil Van Dijk thought that he had put his team ahead, but the Reds would not go 1 – 0 up with the goal chalked off, also for offside (60’).

The likes of Conor Gallagher, Wataru Endo, Andy Robertson, Axel Disasi and Cole Palmer all had opportunities to put their respective sides in the lead in what remained of the second half, but it remained 0 – 0 when the second half came to an end, onto extra time at Wembley.

Liverpool’s 18-year-old forward Jayden Danns was the player who had the first significant opportunity come his way, and he did almost score his first senior goal for the Reds, only for him to be denied by a save from Djordje Petrovic (94’).

Klopp’s Reds had begun to take control despite the injury problems that meant several young players were on the field. Kostas Tsimikas was the next player to force a save from Petrovic (101’).

Then, a few moments later, Christopher Nkunku saw a shot from a very tight angle blocked before Cole Palmer had an effort get well saved by Irish Stopper Caoimhin Kelleher just a matter of seconds later (105’).

The game was still level at 0 – 0 when the whistle went for half time following the first half of extra time at Wembley.

Following saves being made from efforts on goal from Kostas Tsimikas (113’), Harvey Elliott (115’), Cole Palmer and Bobby Clark (117’), the breakthrough was finally made by Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds took the lead through Virgil Van Dijk, who had earlier been denied a goal by VAR.

The Dutch central defender found the net with another header, and this time it did count. It also turned out to be the winning goal, to the joy of all those associated with Liverpool Football Club (118’).

Noni Madueke did have a shot blocked not long after (120’), but the final whistle did go with Liverpool being confirmed as 1 – 0 winners in the 2024 Carabao Cup Final. At Wembley, they had become the first English club to ever win this competition 10 times.

Possession in this match was relatively even, with Liverpool edging it slightly with 54% of the ball compared to Chelsea’s 46%. As for shots on target, 9 of the Blues 19 shots found the target, whilst 11 of the Reds’ 24 shots found the target on the day.

Following the game, this is what the two managers had to say:

Jurgen Klopp (via the Official Liverpool website): “That would be cool if I could see goals coming, I would relax [in] a lot of moments of my life. No, I loved it. I think that was the moment where everything just felt, ‘Come on.’ What we see here today is so exceptional, we might never see again and not because I am on the sideline, because these things don’t happen in football.

“I got told outside that there’s an English phrase, ‘you don’t win trophies with kids’ – I didn’t know that. Yeah! There are longer careers than mine but in more than 20 years, (it’s) easily the most special trophy I ever won. It’s absolutely exceptional. Sometimes I get asked if I’m proud of this, proud of that, proud of that, and it’s really tricky. I wish I could feel pride more often, I just don’t do. Tonight there’s an overwhelming feeling, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on here?’ I was proud of everybody involved in everything here.”

Mauricio Pochettino (via the Official Chelsea website): “Today we created five or six good chances but we didn’t score.

“In a game like today, in a final, the team that scores first has a big advantage. We didn’t score that was the problem.

“Then we conceded in almost the last minute, so it was difficult to react. But a final is about winning, it’s not about talking too much about what could have happened, because you can’t go back.”

Liverpool’s next game sees them come face to face with Championship side Southampton at Anfield in the Fifth Round of the 2023/24 FA Cup (20:00 Kick-Off), before taking on Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday 2nd March 2024 in a 15:00 kick-off.

Then, after the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie against Sparta Prague away from home, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will host reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, 10th March 2024, in a 15:45 kick-off.

As for Chelsea, their next game will see them take on Leeds United at Stamford Bridge in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on Wednesday 28th February (19:30 Kick-Off). After that, they will face Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday, 2nd March (15:00) in the Premier League before hosting Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge a league match on Monday, 11th March 2024, in what will be a 20:00 kick-off.

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