Sat. May 21st, 2022

Liverpool along with Chelsea both played an intense high-quality League Cup final with a few goals that were ruled offside. The result was an 11-10 shootout victory for the Reds.

Following the thrilling story of their journey through Wembley and back, it all ended up in a match between Chelsea and Chelsea in the final game of the season. Liverpool were looking to win their first win for the season. Unfortunately, they suffered a first setback when Thiago was forced to leave in the warm-up.

Both sets of spectators well-spoken the match began in a fast pace with Caoimhin Kelleher had to make a great point-blank stop to keep out Christian Pulisic.

Liverpool began to take control in the final quarter of the game and they had Luis Diaz a constant threat to the left side as he threw a fit at Trevoh Chalobah, the counter-pressing game taking their opponent out.

A massive double save from Edouard Mendy ensured that the score remained at a level after half-hour First by securing Naby Keita’s lengthy shot, the second from Sadio Mane’s close-range shot which, in actual fact the number. 10 player should have converted.

There was a huge chance to Chelsea towards the end of the first half however, after Mane’s dithering provided them with the chance to break, Mason Mount swept his shot over Kelleher’s head.

The chances continued to come for Mount and, just a few minutes following the restart an intelligent moves from the midfielder in a mullet was able to find him in the space and then he slid it over the post while one-on-one with Kelleher.

In the final minutes, Chelsea were forced to make a change when the returned Reece James replaced an injured Cesar Azpilicueta. This put his fellow Englishman into a tough challenge against a spirited Diaz.

A sloppy kick from Mendy resulted in a one-on-one for Salah running through however the No. 11 threw too much on his ball and an advancing Thiago Silva was able to take it away.

Liverpool believed that they had put ahead shortly afterwards the goal, when Joel Matip crashed into the top of the net but the goal was to be disqualified for minor infractions from Virgil van Dijk.

Klopp switched to the cavalry to the cavalry. James Milner and Harvey Elliott – who was not even on the teamsheet when it was first printed – being assigned to move the midfield around as Diogo Jota took the place of Mane.

The game became tense and the introduction of six minutes of delay was followed by an incredible goal from Mendy to stop Van Dijk’s goal and a second from Kelleher to prevent Romelu Lukaku, in a must-see final volley.

The clock was ticking, after which Klopp returned to his bench while Ibrahima Konate swapped with Matip in a clear attempt to match the speed of Timo Werner to the left.

In the first fifteen minutes, it were an intense affair, even though Lukaku scored a goal which was that was ruled out as offside, and tired legs manifesting for both sides.

An injury-time substitution that saw Mendy substituting Kepa made way to shoot-outs on penalty, which resulted in the Spaniard blast over the 22nd spot-kick to win the League Cup to Liverpool.

Chelsea: Mendy (Kepa 119′); Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta (James 57′), Kante, Kovacic (Jorginho 106′), Alonso; Pulisic (Lukaku 73′), Mount (Werner 73′), Havertz

Substitutions that are not being used: Sarr, Loftus-Cheek, Saul Hudson-Odoi

Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip (Konate 91′), Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson (Elliott 79′), Keita (Milner 80′); Salah, Diaz (Origi 97′), Mane (Jota 80′)

Substitutions that are not utilized: Alisson, Tsimikas Minamino, Oxlade Chamberlain, Tsimikas

Next game: Norwich (H) (H) – FA Cup – Wednesday 2 March 8.15pm (GMT)

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