The Blues and The Reds played a thrilling Carabao Cup final at Wembley that somehow failed to produce a goal for either side in 90 minutes of frenetic action.
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Liverpool reached the Carabao Cup final in a penalty shoot-out after a final that ended somehow goalless after 90 minutes.
Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher scored Liverpool’s 11th goal, before Chelsea substitute Kepa Arrizabalaga shot the ball over the bar.
James Milner, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi, Andy Robertson, Harvey Elliott and Ibrahima Konate all scored from the spot for the Reds in a frantic shootout.
A great clash at Wembley Sadio Mane there is an effort from the void that is saved brilliantly Edouard Mendy in the first half of normal time, before Mason Mount prepared Chelsea on either side of the first half.
Liverpool then thought they were leading Joel Matip after a close effort was ruled out by VAR for a slight offside on Virgil van Dijk, and Luis Diaz also delivered a clever save from Mendy coming on. sharp.
Kai Havertz’s header misses, and Mendy saves again after Van Dijk’s header from a corner.
Substitute Romelu Lukaku then saw another goal disallowed for a tight offside in extra time, and then Havertz scored another in the second half.
These are the main points of the game.
Horror movie at Wembley
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The lack of goals in normal time aside, this is top-flight football at its best and Chelsea and Liverpool face each other once again, with a game as frenetic as their January meeting at Stamford Bridge.
These two have met in high-stakes matches controlled by Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez, and while they can also be attractive in their own right, Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp are a different kind of boss who puts their teams on edge.
Chances are, the horrendous misses and excellent saves came in a row, and it made for a classic final despite the lack of (legitimate) goals.
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Liverpool – and certainly their die-hard fans – thought the Reds had the lead when Matip nodded to score from close range in the 67th minute.
As the red smoke curled around Wembley, there wasn’t much wrong with the target at first, just that Van Dijk’s trespass was much more detected, on closer inspection.
You could put it by one of the VAR distinctions, but that’s correct, it’s only for Lukaku’s unauthorized target.
The mane in the middle, and the gorgeous Mendy
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Recent injuries to Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino have left Liverpool’s attack somewhat disorganized, with Mane mostly used in the middle of the three.
It is from there that he has scored goals against Norwich and Leeds in the past week, and for a stunning save from his Senegal team-mate and Mendy African Cup of Nations winner he will have a first half here.
Of course, Mane should have scored, but the way Mendy stretched to the right to save the effort – right after his first save against Naby Keita – was truly world class, and made the Liverpool man unbelievable.
Liverpool’s attacking style is evolving, it should come as no surprise to see Mane increasingly occupy the center of the pitch for the remainder of this season and the next, and while he knows he will have to blink. Taking chances like this, he also rarely goes up against such a good goalkeeper who will make more excellent saves in the game.
Mount remembers his moments
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Chelsea started and finished the first half impressively, and then also started the second half with the upper hand, and on both occasions it was hard to believe that Mount didn’t give them the lead.
On the first occasion the English man – back to the heartbreaking scene of Euro 2020 – with his feet wide out when the ball was clear, and then early in the second half he somehow managed to hit the post when it seemed easier to score.
Up front, the furious Tuchel thrashed the ground in disgust, even though they weren’t the last big chance of the game.
Only after the teams went down the tunnel, the match started News emerged about Thiago Alcantara.
The Spaniard is an important addition to Liverpool since his arrival in 2020, and he is far more important to Klopp’s current style of play than perhaps many realize.
But it also cannot be ignored that he has also received his fair share of his injury.
The sight of the midfielder crying and being comforted by Alisson Becker is not the ideal way for Liverpool to start a cup final, and there will be a concern about his fitness going forward.
The strike probably also contributed to Liverpool’s slow start, who were pinned down at times narrowly conceding a goal only for Caoimhin Kelleher to make a fine save against Christian Pulisic.
Havertz received a nod
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As expected, Havertz was the one to initiate the attack because Chelsea past Lukaku, with the German’s agility and movement proving key in the opening exchanges.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man is simply a better fit for what Tuchel wants to do from the get-go, and Chelsea’s impressive early-stage record is largely due to the way he’s paired with Mount and Christian Pulisic. .
Liverpool started to draw at half-time, but Havertz nearly broke the Reds’ impressive offside trap.
Keita, who started in place of the injured Thiago, took his time to start the game, but he likely dropped it after an hour.
The Guinean challenge with Trevoh Chalobah is a well-intentioned 50-50, but when you’re the one coming in after such a game and of such severity you can usually expect VAR to not too much for you.
Keita escaped, though in a way the game was better for it.
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