LIVE GAME BLOG! Chelsea v Liverpool Carabao Cup Final

It’s the Carabao Cup Final, the first domestic silverware of the season is on the line, and both teams will be looking to use the momentum from this game as a springboard for the rest of the season.

We’re live for the final, bringing you the latest news, team news as it comes in, and all the action as it happens.

Chelsea v Liverpool Carabao Cup Final Live Blog

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

A deserving win for Liverpool in the end, better in the first half and much the best team in extra time.

Great desire to win from the kids, Virgil Van Dijk coming up big when his team needed him the most.

Chelsea will rue their performance in extra time, a great chance to win a trophy against a depleted Liverpool but they looked tired and lacking in quality.

We’re signing off now, as Liverpool win the first trophy of the season!



30′ ET Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

We’ll have three minutes of added time for Chelsea to rescue this.

27′ ET Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool take the lead and it’s Virgil Van Dijk with a header to give his team the lead!

Great ball in from the corner, Van Dijk leaps and heads the ball into the corner.

No VAR to stop that one, Chelsea have just a couple of minutes to get this back!

27′ ET Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool


25′ ET Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


Harvey Elliott hits the post with a header followed by a scramble infront of goal, but the ball doesn’t cross the line.

20′ ET Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Half chances at both ends, with the latest a chance for Chelsea, Madueke with a shot from the edge of the box.

ET Second Half Kick Off Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

15 minutes to go!

Half Time in Extra Time Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool the better side in extra tie, despite a number of youngsters on the field, but still nothing to separate these two.

8′ ET Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


Harvey Elliott goes close with a volley from inside the box which hits the side netting.

Chelsea look tired at the start of extra time.

6′ ET Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

First sub in extra time as Conor Gallagher leaves the field for Chelsea, replaced by Noni Madueke

3′ ET Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


First chance in extra time goes to Liverpool, a Van Dijk header across goal goes to Danns, who’s header is tipped over the bar.

ET First Half Kick Off - Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

We’re underway in extra time!

EXTRA TIME - Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

We’ve had two goals ruled out by VAR, two chances that have hit the post, but crucially, no goals.

We head to extra time in the Carabao Cup final!

91′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


Multiple chances for Chelsea to win it in stoppage time.

Pinball in the box, but nothing would go, Liverpool keep them out.

90′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


88′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Sub for Chelsea this time, Mykhailo Mudryk comes on for Nicholas Jackson.

87′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Three subs for Liverpool, two youngsters coming onto the field to try and make a statement.

Jayden Danns and James McConnell the two youngsters coming on to try and write their name into Liverpool history.

86′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Second chance in two minutes for Conor Gallagher, shot from the edge of the box, which he sends over the bar.

85′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


Conor Gallagher finds himself through on goal with just Kelleher to beat, who was out quickly and made a great save to deny the Chelsea midfielder.

80′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

10 minutes of normal time left for someone to find a winner!

75′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


Great play down the wing, Cole Palmer puts the ball into the box and Conor Gallagher hits the post with his effort!

71′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Conor Bradley goes off for Liverpool, replaced by Bobby Clark, son of Lee Clark, former Newcastle man.

One youngster for another, showing the lack of depth for Liverpool today.

69′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Great run from Luis Diaz before a pass through to Cody Gakpo, but all he can do is send the ball over the bar from inside the box.

65′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Raheem Sterling heads off the field for Chelsea, replaced by Christopher Nkunku.

60′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


After a VAR review, the Liverpool goal is chalked off for offside.

Van Dijk left above Ben Chilwell to head the ball into the corner of the Liverpool net, but it’s wiped out after review.

Huge let off for Chelsea there. 30 left to play.

57′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

After a quiet spell, Harvey Elliott has a volley from the box, and Luis Diaz a chance from outside the box.

Both half chances that come to nothing.

46′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Fast start from Liverpool who have an early corner and chance from the edge of the box

2nd Half Kick Off Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Back underway at Wembley!

HALF TIME Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

We head into the break with the game level, chances at both ends.

Chelsea have got better as the half developed, but Liverpool have the slight edge so far.

47′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Handbags on the fair side after a tangle between Chilwell and Bradley, both receiving a yellow card.

45′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

We’ll have six minutes of added time in the first half.

44′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Chance for Liverpool!

The Reds have men queueing up in the box, two or three attempts but no goal as we edge closer to half time.

39′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


Cody Gakpo with a header that hits the post for Liverpool.

36′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Chelsea are definitely coming into this game more now. Spending more time in the Liverpool half and putting pressure on their backline.

31′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool


Chelsea have the ball in the net, but it’s disallowed for offside.

Great run from Jackson, square ball to Sterling who puts it in the net, though the linesman’s flag goes up.

Replays show Jackson was offside by millimeters. CLOSE!

26′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Further injury woes for Liverpool as Ryan Gravenberch goes off on a stretcher, with Joe Gomez the replacement.

Liverpool’s bench does look very weak this afternoon.

20′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

CLOSE! Chelsea, from nowhere, almost take the lead.

Wonderful chance for Cole Palmer but Kelleher stands tall and keeps the ball out. Big chance, but we remain 0-0.

13′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Alexis MacAllister forces a save from long range before Luis Diaz goes close after solid Liverpool pressing.

Liverpool remain on top early.

12′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

A first venture up the field for Chelsea, with a corner and a free kick which both come to nothing.

7′ Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Both teams feeling each other out, but Liverpool have definitely settled better here, with a couple of free kicks to give them a chance to apply pressure on the Chelsea back line.

15:00 KICK OFF

The Carabao Cup final is underway at Wembley....

14:40 - Enhanced Odds on the Winner

With just 20 minutes to go until kick off, we’re almost there.

You’ve still got time to check out the big offer this weekend from BetVictor, where they are giving you enhanced odds on both teams to win the final.

For Chelsea fans, you can back them to win at the enhanced price of 50/1.

For Liverpool fans, you can back them to win at the enhanced price of 30/1.

14:10 Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Offers

We’ve got three huge betting offers for the Carabao Cup final, offering enhanced odds on the winner, enhanced odds on a goal or free bets if you bet on the game.

14:05 Liverpool Trio All Miss Out

Liverpool were awaiting fitness tests on three players ahead of the final, and the bad news for them is that all three miss out.

Mo Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai and Darwin Nunez are out of the game




13:56 - Liverpool: Road to the Final

Here’s how Liverpool made it through to the final today

3rd Round - Won 3-1 v Leicester

4th Round - Won 2-1 v Bournemouth

Quarter Final - Won 5-1 v West Ham

Semi Final - Won 3-2 v Fulham on aggregate

13:55 - Chelsea: Road to the Final

Here’s how Chelsea made it through to the final today.

2nd Round - Won 2-1 v AFC Wimbledon

3rd Round - Won 1-0 v Brighton

4th Round - Won 2-0 v Blackburn

Quarter Final - Won 4-2 on Penalties v Newcastle (1-1 after 90 minutes)

Semi Final - Won 6-2 on aggregate v Middlesbrough

13:40 - Injury Updates

The teams will be announced in 20 minutes, but before then, it is fair to say that both managers have injury problems to deal with.

Liverpool are without Alisson Becker, Curtis Jones, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Ben Doak, Stefan Bajcetic and Joel Matip.

Chelsea are without Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella, Reece James, Romeo Lavia, Wesley Fofana, Carney Chukwuemeka, Benoit Badiashile and Lesley Ugochukwu.

13:36 - Welcome to the live blog

Welcome to the 101 Great Goals live EFL Cup Final blog, as Chelsea take on Liverpool. We are with you all afternoon bringing you the best of the action from Wembley.

I’m Craig Jones, and I’ll bring you the build up, team news and then every key update as the game kicks off.

Craig Jones

Craig Jones

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