Liverpool were handed their first loss of the season as they bowed out of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea.
The Reds made eight changes to the line-up but couldn’t record a win against the Blues. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring in the 58th minute before goals from Emerson Palmieri and Eden Hazard gave Maurizio Sarri the victory.
Chelsea also made numerous changes to their line-up as the two clubs face each other in the Premier League on Saturday too.
The visitors started brighter but Liverpool slowly got back into the game. The Reds handed starts to Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Fabinho and Dejan Lovren for the first time this season.
After scoring a brilliant goal, the home side could not take advantage of their chances, with the referee not using VAR for two handball claims in the box.
The first goal from Palmieri could have been ruled offside as two players weren’t in line with Liverpool’s defence. However, Hazard scored a fantastic goal to seal the win.
The loss has come as a bit of a blow since we started the season with seven straight victories. Some fans were upset with the referee while others wanted the team to concentrate on the clash this weekend.
The ref was a joke how was the first goal even a free kick
— NK_8🇬🇳 (@Nasty_Naby) September 26, 2018
— Tom (@_TomLFC_) September 26, 2018
Liverpool out of another cup competition with mignolet, clyne, matip, lovren and moreno pic.twitter.com/TfNtRShVkZ
— WASSUP🇸🇳🇧🇷🇺🇸 (@WeHaveNoJustice) September 26, 2018
I’d rather lose this game than Saturday’s one but I’m still pissed.
— ᴿᶠ⁹ (@FirminoPrime) September 26, 2018
This proves we cant win anything with mignolet lovren moreno on the field
— Haqza Marufi R (@Haqza) September 26, 2018
It was taking a risk to start without Mo salah, Firmino and Andry Robertson. We deserved to win. But we are Liverpool and this means More…..
— O.Damarany (@ODamarany) September 26, 2018
The more important the match on Saturday and we will see who will be winning # Liverpool
— dina hassanein (@hassaneind) September 26, 2018
Revenge on Saturday!!! ⚽️👊🙏👊⚽️
— Sonjahaha (@Sonjahaha) September 26, 2018
More to play for on Saturday now!! And we get to see our best side can’t wait this was not recognizible
— JOAKIM 🇸🇪 (@JAckelmante) September 26, 2018
Never been so happy for us to lose! Proves the point that if you don’t want to win a game having the back five of Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren and Moreno wins you nothing!
Chelsea vs Liverpool on Saturday at the Bridge will be a different story… #LIVCHE
— Ian Anderson (@ANRSN_Official) September 26, 2018
Meh it’s the one cup I don’t mind not being in would I have liked the win yeah sure am I upset or bothered no not really it now gives us less games and more time to focus on the main 2 and then the fa cup also not overly bothered about that
— Callum Jackson (@cjwjackson36) September 26, 2018