Chelsea vs Liverpool LIVE: Carabao Cup final result after Kepa misses crucial penalty in shoot-out

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Follow live reaction as Liverpool won the Carabao Cup final on a penalty shootout after Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga missed the crucial spot-kick. After 20 penalties were scored, it went down to the goalkeepers to decide a thrilling final.

Caoimhin Kelleher scored his for Liverpool, but Kepa, who was brought on for the shoot-out after replacing Edouard Mendy, blazed his over the crossbar as Liverpool won the cup.

After both Liverpool and Chelsea made a pro-Ukraine gesture before kick-off, Christian Pulisic had the first chance of the final but was denied by Kelleher, to set the tone of a breathless final.

The Blues were on top in a frantic opening to the game but Liverpool soon gained control. Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy kept his side in it as he produced a stunning double save to prevent Sadio Mane from point-blank range.

Mason Mount then had a huge chance moments before half-time but skewed his volley wide after being found by Kai Havertz in the box, as the sides went into the break level.

Mount had a further chance after the break as he was picked out by Pulisic, but could only dig a finish onto the post from under his feet, as Thomas Tuchel pounded the turf in frustration.

Liverpool thought they had taken the lead on 66 minutes when Joel Matip headed in from close range, only for it to be disallowed by VAR as Virgil van Dijk, who blocked Thiago Silva, was ruled offside.

Chelsea then had a goal disallowed after Timo Werner was offside before Havertz finished past Kelleher. Both goalkeepers made further saves to send the final into extra-time, as Mendy dived to keep out Van Dijk’s header and Kelleher stopped Romelu Lukaku’s flick with his feet.

Lukaku then had a goal disallowed by VAR after the striker went too early before firing past Kelleher. Chelsea had another goal disallowed, as Havertz saw his finish ruled out, as the match went to penalties.

Follow reaction to a thrilling Carabao Cup final below:

Chelsea vs Liverpool LIVE: Carabao Cup final updates

  • Liverpool and Chelsea make pro-Ukraine gesture at Carabao Cup final

  • HT: Mendy denies Mane with double save, Mount misses huge chance

  • 68 mins: Matip goal disallowed by VAR after Van Dijk ruled offside

  • 78 mins: Havertz header then chalked off for Werner offside

  • FT: Carabao Cup final heads to extra-time after 90 breathless minutes

  • 99 mins: Lukaku goal disallowed by VAR after edging offside

  • ET: Cup final heads to penalties as Kepa replaces Mendy for Chelsea

Chelsea FC 10 - 11 Liverpool FC

Liverpool win 11-10 on penalties to beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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A special reward for Liverpool’s goalkeeper who also scored the winning penalty.

Liverpool win 11-10 on penalties to beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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Liverpool head up to receive their winners medals. There’s a building of anticipation as Jordan Henderson makes his way to the trophy. He hoists it aloft and the celebrations begin.

Liverpool are the Carabao Cup champions!

Liverpool win 11-10 on penalties to beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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Liverpool win 11-10 on penalties to beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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Chelsea make their way into the stands to receive their runners-up medals. There’s a lot of understandably sullen faces but they played a fantastic game.

Who knows how different the penalty shootout may have gine if Edouard Mendy stayed on the pitch.

Liverpool win 11-10 on penalties to beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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The winning moment.

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Liverpool win 11-10 on penalties to beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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What a penalty shootout that was. It came all the way down to the goalkeepers and Kepa Arrizabalaga - who was brought on especially for the shootout - sent his spot kick over the bar.

Penalties: Chelsea 10 - 11 Liverpool

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Kepa misses! He fires his effort over the crossbar! Liverpool win the Carabao Cup!

Penalties: Chelsea 10 - 11 Liverpool

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Caoimhin Kelleher smokes it into the goal! Can Kepa score as well?

Penalties: Chelsea 10 - 10 Liverpool

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We’re into the goalkeepers! Chalobah scores for Chelsea.

Penalties: Chelsea 9 - 10 Liverpool

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Ibrahima Konate blasts his penalty past Kepa. The goalkeeper gets a hand to it but the ball goes through him. Trevoh Chalobah has to score.

Penalties: Chelsea 9 - 9 Liverpool

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These penalties have been exceptional. Thiago Silva finds the corner as well.

Penalties: Chelsea 8 - 9 Liverpool

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The youngster Harvey Elliott makes no mistakes for Liverpool. No signs of nerves from him as he sends Kepa the wrong way.

Penalties: Chelsea 8 - 8 Liverpool

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Kelleher gets a hand to the ball but can’t keep it out. Werner scores.

Penalties: Chelsea 7 - 8 Liverpool

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Andy Robertson roars as his penalty hits the back of the net. Timo Werner strides forward for Chelsea.

Penalties: Chelsea 7 - 7 Liverpool

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Kelleher goes the wrong way and Kante scores as well. Who is going to blink first?

Penalties: Chelsea 6 - 7 Liverpool

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Divock Origi finds the back of the net too! Here comes N’Golo Kante.

Penalties: Chelsea 6 - 6 Liverpool

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Antonio Rudiger beats Kelleher! No-one has missed yet.

Penalties: Chelsea 5 - 6 Liverpool

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Diogo Jota goes straight down the middle and just evades Kepa. Pressure back on Chelsea.

Penalties: Chelsea 5 - 5 Liverpool

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Jorginho scores. Straight into the bottom corner. We’re into sudden death.

Penalties: Chelsea 4 - 5 Liverpool

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Mo Salah scores! Jorginho has to score for Chelsea...

Penalties: Chelsea 4 - 4 Liverpool

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Reece James emulates Alexander-Arnold. Right in the corner. We’re down to the last kick each of the first five. Mo Salah is up next.

Penalties: Chelsea 3 - 4 Liverpool

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is up for Liverpool. He fires his right into the inside side netting. Great penalty.

Penalties: Chelsea 3 - 3 Liverpool

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The coolest man in the stadium. Kai Havertz slots his penalty home with ease.

Penalties: Chelsea 2 - 3 Liverpool

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Kepa guesses the right way but Virgil van Dijk smashes it past him. It’s the power that beats the goalkeeper.

Penalties: Chelsea 2 - 2 Liverpool

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A little shimmy from Romelu Lukaku and he curls the ball into the back of the net.

Penalties: Chelsea 1 - 2 Liverpool

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Kepa moves early and Fabinho dinks his spot kick down the middle. Liverpool are back in front.

Penalties: Chelsea 1 - 1 Liverpool

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Marcos Alonso squeezes his penalty into the bottom left corner. Kelleher dives the correct way but it just goes underneath him.

Penalties: Chelsea 0 - 1 Liverpool

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He scores. He rolls it into the bottom left corner with Kepa diving to the right.

Penalties: Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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James Milner is going to take the first penalty. He looks determined. Kepa Arrizabalaga to beat...

Penalties: Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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Thomas Tuchel brought Kepa Arrizabalaga on for a penalty shootout against Villarreal in the Super Cup. He saved tow penalties then and Chelsea won the trophy. Can he do the same tonight?

ET full-time: Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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120+1 mins: The Carabao Cup is going to be decided by penalties. It’s been such a good game and there’s more drama yet to come. Who is going to lift the trophy?

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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120 mins: Kepa Arrizabalaga is brought on to replace Edouard Mendy. It’s a move designed with the penalty shootout in mind. There’s just added time to play. One minute of it.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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117 mins: Chance! It was well worked by Liverpool. Salah brngs the ball inside from the right and gives it to Milner. He passes it quickly out to Robertson on the left who whips a pacey ball into the box. Jota arrives a tries to sweep a first time shot at goal but miscues it and Chelsea clear their lines.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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114 mins: Liverpool are just trying to take the sting out of Chelsea but holding onto possession and passing it around the midfield. The Blues have been the aggressors in extra-time and look the most likely side to score.

Mo Salah nicks the ball in the Chelsea box but he’s closed down before he can shoot.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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111 mins: Jorginho dinks the ball into the Liverpool box and almost drops the ball onto Lukaku but he’s marked well by Konate who shoves him away from the ball and ends the attack.

Disallowed goal! Another one. Marcos Alonso brings the ball into the left side of the box and slips it to Kai Havertz who brings it under control and slots a fine effort into the far corner only to get flagged offside thanks to Virgil van Dijk taking a step forward at the last possible moment.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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108 mins: Reece James swings a Chelsea corner into the penalty area looking to pick out Antonio Rudiger but Coaimhin Kelleher leaps in front of the defender to punch it away.

ET second half: Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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Kick off: Jorginho comes on to replace Mateo Kovacic for Chelsea. He’s known as a penalty specialist. Are we heading towards a shootout or can one of these teams score a winner?

Romelu Lukaku restarts the match.

ET half-time: Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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105+1 mins: Werner almost meets a cross from Alonso but the ball sails narrowly over his head. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kai Havertz have a little tussle and square up to each other. There’s nothing in it until Harvey Elliott comes across and escalates matters. Antonio Rudiger and James Milner then get involved and there’s a little barney before the end of the first half of extra-time.

Alexander-Arnold and Havertz both get booked and then the whistle goes for the break. 15 minutes to play.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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105 mins: Van Dijk is there again to nod a cross from Alonso clear. Jota wins the ball from the clearance and is then fouled by James releasing the pressure on Liverpool’s defence.

Almost halfway through extra-time now, one added minute to go.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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102 mins: Chelsea have the ball but they’re not going anywhere quickly. Liverpool have men back to defend and Van Dijk is dealing with the crosses when they come into the box.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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99 mins: Liverpool’s super sub Divock Origi comes onto replace Luis Diaz.

Disallowed goal! Romelu Lukaku is played in behind the Liverpool defence with a great through ball from Trevoh Chalobah. Lukaku carries the ball into the box and slots it beautifully past Kelleher only to see the offside flag raised.

Oh, it’s close one too. The replay shows Van Dijk just playing Lukaku offside but it’s a matter of inches, if that.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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96 mins: Alonso flicks the ball up to Lukaku who holds it up under pressure from Van Dijk on the edge of the box. Werner provides an option and is given the ball. He brings it into the area and attempts to curl his shot around the Liverpool centre-back but sends it wide of the far post.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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93 mins: Harvey Elliott receives the ball from Fabinho and he passes it across to Luis Diaz. Diaz spins away from a tackle and slots the ball out to Andy Robertson on the left wing. He whips a cross to the far side of the box but Marcos Alonso is there ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold to head it clear.

ET Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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Kick off: Joel Matip is replaced with Ibrahima Konate for Liverpool in a move to possibly nullify Timo Werner’s pace. Liverpool get extra-time started with a long ball down the left wing. Luis Diaz tries to take on Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah but gets crowded out on the wing.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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29 shots between the teams with 10 on target. This has been a great final that is just missing a goal.

Thomas Tuchel is very animated with his Chelsea team talk. Virgil van Dijk and James Milner seem to be leading the Liverpool one.

Which way will this game go?

Full-time: Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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90+6 mins: I have no idea how this match finished nil-nil. Liverpool threw everything at Chelsea in the final 10 minutes but couldn’t get past Edouard Mendy. Romelu Lukaku had the chance to nick it at the death but Caoimhim Kelleher was up to the task.

Into extra-time we go.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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90+5 mins: Save! With possibly Chelsea’s last attack of the 90 Romelu Lukaku is denied by Caoimhin Kelleher! Marcos Alonso drives the ball to the byline and squeezes a pass into the six-yard box. Lukaku gets in front of his marker and guides the ball towards goal but Kelleher sticks out his left leg and kicks the ball away!

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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90+3 mins: Chelsea work the ball into the box for Werner but he’s flagged offside. Liverpool regain possession and fly down the pitch. Diaz finds Jota in the box and his deflected shot goes behind for a corner. Chelsea defend initial set piece and then keep the attack alive. Chelsea throw bodies in front of the ball as the shots come in for anyone in a red shirt. Reece James blocks a powerful shot with his body and has the wind taken out of him. Liverpool don’t score though.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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90+1 mins: What a save! Liverpool win a corner that is whipped into the box. Virgil van Dijk is the target and he powers a strong header back at the far bottom corner. Edouard Mendy leaps to his left and palms the ball away with a fully outstretched left hand!

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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90 mins: Mateo Kovacic picks up the first yellow card of the game with a cynical tackle to stop a Liverpool counter attack on the halfway line.

Six minutes of added time to play.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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89 mins: Fabinho knocks the ball across to Diaz who brings it inside before backheeling a pass to Milner. Milner tries to cross it but Chalobah blocks the pass and Liverpool appeal for a handball turned down. The referee lets play go on and Chelsea burst down the right sid ethrough Havertz who fires a deep cross over to the opposite side of the box for Werner. He doesn’t bring it down properly and Liverpool clear the ball.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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86 mins: A Liverpool corner results in a mad scramble in the Chelsea box. Joel Matip has a shot blocked by Mendy before the Blues eventually clear their lines. Less than five minutes to play, a goal now would surely win this game.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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83 mins: Andy Robertson drives the ball down the left wing but sees his cross into the box cleared. Chelsea send it up to Lukaku who has some work to do to keep it in play and ends up leaving the pitch letting Liverpool take possession back. It’s given to Harvey Elliott who sends a fine diagonal pass over to Salah but his first touch knocks the ball away giving Alonso time to boot it down the pitch.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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80 mins: A triple change from Jurgen Klopp sees Harvey Elliott, James Milner, and Diogo Jota all come on in place of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, and Sadio Mane. Mane isn’t at all impressed at being taken off with 10 minutes of the 90 to play. Will we see a winning goal?

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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78 mins: Disallowed goal! Luis Diaz gives the ball away in his own half to Mateo Kovacic who flicks it over the top to Timo Werner. Werner is clearly offside as he floats the ball across the box to Kai Havertz but he completes the move with a headed effort into the back of the net that Caoimhin Kelleher almost stops. It doesn’t matter though, the ball has barely crossed the line before the assistant referee raises the offside flag.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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75 mins: Save! Edouard Mendy is called into action once again. Alexander-Arnold laces a diagonal pass over to Luis Diaz who sprints behind Trevoh Chalobah and takes the ball into the box. He tries to guide the ball underneath Mendy who drops low and keeps it out from close range!

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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72 mins: Virgil van Dijk was offside by the smallest of margins, a couple of toes maybe, but I think it is the correct decision. It was a definite ploy to have him stop Reece James from marking Sadio Mane.

Thomas Tuchel makes a couple of changes. Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic are off with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner brought on. Liverpool have just taken control of the game and Chelsea could use the fresh legs up top.

NO GOAL! VAR to the rescue for Chelsea

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Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

69 mins: There’s a huge roar from the Chelsea supporters as Stuart Attwell signals that the goal has to be chalked off. VAR took a look at the replay and determined that Van Dijk was offside in the build-up. The referee is then called over to the pitch side monitor to decide if Van Dijk was involved in the play - by blocking off Reece James - he decides that the defender was involved and rules the goal out for offside.

GOAL! Chelsea 0 - 1 Liverpool (Matip, 67’)⚽️

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67 mins: How big will this goal be? Liverpool win a free kick just outside the Chelsea penalty area. Trent Alexander-Arnold flicks the ball over to the back post. Virgil van Dijk is there to block off Reece James and allow Sadio Mane to run in behind. Mane gets to the ball and nods it across the sxi-yard box where Joel Matip pops up to head it home!

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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66 mins: Off the line! Edouard Mendy messes up with an awful pass into the midfield and gives the ball straight to Liverpool. The Reds break forward on the counter and play Salah into the box for a one-on-one with Mendy. He dinks the ball over the goalkeeper aiming for the far bottom corner but Thiago Silva sprints back to boot the ball off the goalline! Great defending.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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63 mins: Naby Keita and Trevoh Chalobah collide in the middle of the pitch with the Chelsea man coming off worse after a high boot from Keita scrapes down Chalobah’s thigh. Both players are checked over by the physios and both seem fine to play on. No cards come out for Keita who seems to have got away with just a free kick.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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60 mins: Chance! Marcos Alonso flicks the ball down the left side and gives it to Mason Mount. He’s one of two Chelsea runners and passes it into the other one, Kai Havertz, before sprinting inside of Virgil van Dijk. Havertz returns the pass and Mount drills a low shot at Caoimhin Kelleher who smothers it after a slight fumble.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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58 mins: Cesar Azpilicueta isn’t right. He’s walking around stiffly and won’t be able to play on. Thomas Tuchel decide to make a substitution. Reece James returns for the Blues for the first time since December. Can he impact this game in Chelsea’s favour?

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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56 mins: Luis Diaz is played down the left-hand channel and he takes on Trevoh Chalobah, weaving left to right in an attempt to open up a pass to the far post. Chalobah holds his position though and blocks the shot when Diaz goes for goal himself.

Liverpool’s corner is then whipped in by Andy Robertson but cleared at the near post.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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53 mins: Luis Diaz chips a pass into the Chelsea box for Sadio Mane to run at but Edouard Mendy sprints out to punch it clear for Chelsea. He’s taken a knock during that play, probably from an awkward landing, and needs a moment to recover after Chelsea complete the clearance.

Thomas Tuchel is a sight over in the dugouts, he still can’t believe Mount missed that last chance.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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50 mins: Off the post! Pulisic flicks the ball over Liverpool’s high line. Trent Alexander-Arnold is playing Mason Mount onside and allows the Chelsea midfielder to bring the ball down in the box unopposed. Caoimhin Kelleher comes to close him down but Mount digs the ball out from under his own feet to guide a shot right into the right-hand post!

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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48 mins: Nearly. Mason Mount flicks the ball into the middle of Liverpool’s final third where Christian Pulisic chests it down and chips a pass into the left side of the box for Kai Havertz. Havertz then squares the ball into the six-yard area and Pulisic lunges at the pass but just misses out on the opener!

Second half: Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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Kick off: No changes from either team at the break as Chelsea get the match back underway. Cesar Azpilicueta is played in down the right wing and whips a cross into the Liverpool box but Virgil van Dijk gets up high and nods it away.

‘Football stands together’: Liverpool and Chelsea make pro-Ukraine gesture at Carabao Cup final

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Liverpool and Chelsea players applauded at the Carabao Cup final in a gesture of solidarity towards Ukraine with the words “Football Stands Together” seen on the stadium screens.

The moves comes after talks this week, with The Independent told that the UK government are supportive of the move.

With two of European football’s heavyweights competing in the showpiece game, the global reach has ensured that English football has delivered a powerful symbol after Russia instigated conflict by invading Ukraine.

Liverpool and Chelsea players make pro-Ukraine gesture at Carabao Cup final

Don’t be surprised by Liverpool supporters showing disdain toward the establishment at Wembley

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The League Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool today will be coloured by politics. The government want the organisers to make some sort of anti-Russian gesture after the invasion of Ukraine. An anti-war stance is a likelier scenario but even then the focus will fall on Roman Abramovich, Stamford Bridge’s oligarch owner.

The loudest political expression will come from the Liverpool end and will be concerned with domestic matters. The transplanted Kopites will boo the national anthem. It happens every time at Wembley and there is invariably a shocked reaction in the media.

Get used to it. Scousers – and a substantial proportion of Liverpool’s out-of-town fanbase – do not want God to save your Queen. In the year of the monarch’s platinum jubilee, the booing will resound across the stadium.

Don’t be surprised by Liverpool fans’ disdain toward the establishment

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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This is the first time two managers of the same nationality will face each other in a League Cup final since 2012 (Kenny Dalglish/Malky Mackay), and the first time ever that two non-British managers of the same nationality are facing in the showpiece.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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A few big moments from the first half. Saves from Caoimhin Kelleher and Edouard Mendy and a big miss from Mason Mount.

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Half-time: Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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45+1 mins: Nothing to separate the teams at half-time then. The tempo of the game has been superb. Both teams have created big chances. Christian Pulisic and Sadio Mane have seen shots from inside the six-yard box stopped by the opposition goalkeepers and Mason Mount could have sent Chelsea in front right at the end of the half. As it stands though neither team has been able to break the deadlock.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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45 mins: Chance! How’s Mount not scored? Sadio Mane is caught in possession and Chelsea burst forward on the counter attack. Christian Pulisic drives the ball throught he middle and slips it over to Kai Havertz just before he gets tackled. Havertz holds the ball up on the right side of the box and squares it to Mason Mount arriving from the opposite side. Mount hits his shot first time but sends it agonisingly wide of the right hand post! He has to hit the target there, Caoimhim Kelleher would have had no chance to keep it out.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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42 mins: Chance! Chelsea finally get back into Liverpool’s final third with a cross from the left coming over to Azpilicueta. He gives it to Havertz in the box but the forward can’t turn the ball towards goal and lays it back to Chelsea’s captain. Azpilicueta runs onto a first time shot and drills his effort wide of the far post.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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39 mins: Luis Diaz looks the bring Liverpool up through the inside left but Cesar Azpilicueta tracks back and fouls him in the middle of the pitch. The referee awards the free kick but keeps the cards in his pocket. Stuart Attwell has let a few borderline tackles go already.

The free kick is floated into the area and claimed easily enough by Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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36 mins: Kai Havertz thinks he’s been slipped in behind Liverpool’s high line as he makes a run and the offside flag stays down. He carries the ball into the box and only has Caoimhin Kelleher to beat. Trent Alexander-Arnold sprints back to help out and seemingly gets a touch to Havertz’s shot which takes the ball wide of goal before the offside flag is eventually raised.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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33 mins: Andy Robertson’s cross from the left is headed out to Fabinho who hits one from range only to see Mateo Kovacic block the effort on the edge of the box. Liverpool have notched up eight shots in the last 10 minutes. They’ve really turned the game around.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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30 mins: Another Liverpool corner is delivered into the box by Andy Robertson. It comes down and seemingly hits Cesar Azpilicueta on the arm before Chelsea work it clear. Liverpool appeal for handball but Azpilicueta’s arms were by his side and it’s unclear whether it hit his arm or bounced off his thigh. Regardless, no penalty is awarded.

Liverpool are starting to create a bit of momentum. They’re finding a bit of joy playing through the Chelsea midfield and Sadio Mane has almost been sent in behind on a couple of occasions.

Save! Fantastic from Edouard Mendy. Liverpool work the ball into the box from the left and find Mane who lays it off to Keita outside the box. Keita sprints onto a shot from range and draws a diving stop out of Mendy. The rebound comes to Mane who side-foots a shot of his own at goal but Mendy scrambles to his feet and palms that one away too! Brilliant goalkeeping.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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27 mins: Liverpool win the forst corner of the game but Chelsea clear it and almost send Mount free on the counter attack. He runs up against Naby Keita who tries to hold Mount away from the ball and puts a stray arm into the Chelsea midfielder’s chin. Chelsea want to Keita booked bu the referee isn’t having it.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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24 mins: Luis Diaz runs into trouble in his own half and gets caught on the ball by a forward pressing Trevoh Chalobah. He carries the ball towards the box and slots a pass across to Mason Mount but he gets tackled by Joel Matip who has started the game well for the Reds. They’ve been asked to do most of the defending so far.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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21 mins: Sadio Mane receives the ball just outside the Chelsea penalty area and steps across Mason Mount to shield it and win Liverpool a free kick in prime Mo Salah territory.

Salah, Alexander-Arnold and Henderson all stand over the set piece. Alexander-Arnold runs over the ball and rolls it into a more central area for Salah who drills his shot wide of the left-hand post.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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18 mins: Almost! Liverpool burst quickly up the pitch and resort to one touch passes in midfield to avoid Chelsea’s pressing. Luis Diaz gets the ball off Fabinho and knocks it back to Trent Alexander-Arnold. He chips a cross into the area as Sadio Mane makes a run in behind. Mane wins the ball in the air but doesn’t catch his header well and the ball sails well wide of the target.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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15 mins: Mateo Kovacic knocks the ball over to Kai Havertz on the left and he drives up to the side of the box before cutting the ball into the middle for Mason Mount. Mount brings it under control and shoots on the turn but Joel Matip nips across to put a good block in. It’s been all Chelsea so far.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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12 mins: Thomas Tuchel spoke before the game about having pace up top and so far it’s working for Chelsea. Kai Havertz has been sharp on the ball and isn’t afraid to take on Trent Alexander-Arnold or cut inside to run at Joel Matip.

Thiago Silva seems to have taken a knock. He’s gone down and needs cheking over by the physios. This would be a big miss for Chelsea if he can’t continue.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

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9 mins: Chelsea have started as the better team. They’re pushing high up the pitch, right up against the Liverpool back line. Marcos Alonso plays the ball wide to the left and sends Mason Mount free alongside the box. He whips in a cross but Jordan Henderson is back to head it clear.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

16:38 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Mo Salah attempts to weave his way into the right side of the penalty area but runs into trouble and has to pass to ball back to Fabinho. He slides a through ball over to the right wing where Trent Alexander-Arnold drills a low cross into the box that Antonio Rudiger clears.

Save! Chelsea work the ball up to Kai Havertz who darts inside from the left and slips the ball over to Cesar Azpilicueta in the right side of the area. He threads the ball into the six-yard box where Christian Pulisic meets it with a first time shot only for Caoimhin Kelleher to keep it out from close range! Great save from the Liverpool man!

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

16:35 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Virgil van Dijk sends a clearance up the pitch towards Luis Diaz who leans into Trevoh Chalobah and tries to win a free kick. The defender clears the ball though and referee Stuart Attwell lets play go on.

Both teams are trying to find their feet in the game, stringing together a few passes and challenging for the ball in the middle of the pitch.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

16:31 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Jordan Henderson gets the 2022 Carabao Cup final underway and Liverpool win a throw in over on the left wing. Andy Robertson chucks it down the line and Cesar Azpilicueta knocks it out again deeper in his own half. N’Golo Kante then intercepts the ball and Chelsea look to build an attack of their own.

Chelsea vs Liverpool

16:28 , Michael Jones

Four of Liverpool’s last five League Cup finals went into extra time, with the only exception in this run their 2-0 win after 90 minutes against Manchester United in the 2002-03 final in Cardiff.

Chelsea vs Liverpool

16:25 , Michael Jones

Here come the players. Both captains come out onto the pitch carrying wreaths in support of the people of Ukraine. There is an annoucement of unity and solidarity for Ukraine with applause breaking out around the stadium and the Ukrainian flags being raised.

A late change for Liverpool

16:21 , Michael Jones

Thiago Alcantara has been injured in the warm-up and is replaced in the Liverpool starting XI by Naby Keita. Harvey Elliott has been brought onto the bench as well.

Chelsea vs Liverpool

16:20 , Michael Jones

The only two players to start all five Chelsea matches in this season’s Carabao Cup are Malang Sarr and Kepa Arrizabalaga but neither starts in the line-up today.

Mason Mount also played in all five of those fixtures.

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Mo Salah is one of Liverpool’s best-ever transfers - and one of Chelsea’s worst

16:18 , Michael Jones

Even if Chelsea leave Wembley today with the League Cup and beat Liverpool in the final, they will depart the stadium with a sense of ‘this is what you could have had.’ What they could have had is Mohamed Salah, who is worth significantly more than English football’s secondary domestic cup.

The Egyptian spent 12 months at Stamford Bridge eight years ago after signing for the London club from Basel. In truth, Chelsea did not really want him back in 2014. He was bought in part because Juan Mata was unexpectedly sold to Manchester United and a replacement was needed to bolster the squad. The other reason was to keep him away from Anfield. Liverpool wanted him badly.

Salah is one of Liverpool’s best-ever transfers - and one of Chelsea’s worst

Chelsea vs Liverpool

16:15 , Michael Jones

Liverpool were the losing team in each of their last five fixtures at Wembley when it was a neutral venue (including in all three under Jurgen Klopp).

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Chelsea vs Liverpool

16:12 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have not trailed for a single minute in each of their last seven EFL Cup matches, including in all five this season. The last time the Blues fell behind in a League Cup game was in a 2-1 home loss to Manchester United in the 2019-20 fifth round.

The warm ups are underway

16:09 , Michael Jones

The teams have been out to warm-up at Wembley. The stands are slowly filling up and the atmoshpere is building nicely. Kick off is just over 20 minutes away.

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Jurgen Klopp on reaching the Carabao Cup final

16:05 , Michael Jones

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is excited about reaching the Carabao Cup final and getting the chance to take charge at Wembley but he acknowledges that his team have another step to go if they want to lift the trophy this year. Klopp said:

I am realistic but very positive as well, because there’s no need for anything else. Qualifying for a final is not even close to winning it, but we should take a lot of confidence out of the things the boys did so far in the season or in general. Chelsea can do it as well.

“In the end, how it always is, it’s about who gets the momentum in the decisive situations, who can finish their situations off better, who can defend the opponent in the best possible way, so who can cut off most things of the strengths of the other team? That’s obviously a constant battle during the game.

“But it is nice, you will never play a final – it never happened to me, at least – against a ‘weaker’ side, you just face top-class teams, world-class teams and that is the case here as well.”

Chelsea vs Liverpool

16:02 , Michael Jones

Liverpool have won the League Cup eight times, most recently in 2011-12 (on penalties against Cardiff City). The Reds are joint-first alongside Manchester City in the all-time list for most League Cup trophies with eight.

The Reds will make a record-extending 13th appearance in a League Cup final. Their most recent League Cup final was a shootout defeat against Manchester City at Wembley on 28th February 2016 (1-1 after extra time).

Jurgen Klopp keen to right wrong of Liverpool’s surprising cup record

15:59 , Michael Jones

Look up images of Jurgen Klopp’s two previous Wembley finals and you will notice there is something different about his attire and appearance. There’s no baseball cap at a jaunty angle, no sports jacket or trackie bottoms. He is wearing a suit, in fact, and it’s a bit like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.

“I am pretty sure that someone told me before the Carabao final that I needed to wear a suit,” Klopp claims, insisting it was never his idea. The same had happened with Borussia Dortmund, before the Champions League final in 2013. “Then when I saw the first coach next to me without a suit, I thought: ‘Are you kidding me?!’”

Klopp only ever wears a suit if he has to and has realised now that he does not have to. “I could stand there in swim shorts as long as we win, people will be happy. If we don’t win, it will be a big story. If we win it, no one will talk about it,” he says. “I will not wear swim shorts though!”

Jurgen Klopp keen to right wrong of Liverpool’s surprising cup record

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