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Liverpool vs Chelsea Carabao Cup Final 2023-24 | Match Preview

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By Shrishh Attavar

Liverpool vs Chelsea | Carabao Cup Final | Match Preview

Liverpool Football Club stands on the cusp of glory as they prepare to face off against Chelsea in the highly anticipated Carabao Cup final. This clash not only signifies the Reds’ maiden opportunity to seize silverware this season but also reignites a riveting rivalry that has enthralled football fans for generations. As the countdown to kickoff begins, anticipation mounts, with both teams poised to script another chapter in their storied history.

Liverpool’s quest for silverware reaches a crescendo this weekend as they square off against Chelsea in a rematch of the 2021 League Cup final. Memories of that thrilling encounter, which saw the Reds emerge victorious in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout, loom large as they seek to replicate that success at Wembley Stadium. Caoimhin Kelleher’s heroics between the sticks proved pivotal on that fateful night, cementing his place in Liverpool folklore.

Injuries have dealt a cruel blow to Liverpool’s aspirations, with a slew of key players sidelined for the final showdown. Curtis Jones, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Joel Matip are among those ruled out due to ongoing fitness concerns. Despite these setbacks, manager Jurgen Klopp remains undaunted, rallying his troops for one last push towards glory. Official Team News Here.

Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp.

Predicted XI

With Alisson seeing himself sidelined until the end of March due to a muscle injury, Kelleher will start as the goalkeeper with Adrian on the bench as additional reinforcement. Expect the usual 4-3-3 lineup. The backline will likely consist of Conor Bradley as the right-back as Trent Alexander-Arnold is also injured. Centre-back pairing of captain Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate. Or if Klopp is feeling experimental, he might throw Jarell Quansah alongside the skipper.

The midfield will likely consist of the same trio which played against Luton Town that is Wataru Endo in holding midfield with Ryan Gravenberch and Alexis Mac Allister on either side. Dominik Szoboszlai has an outside chance to take part in the final as he is still in recovery, but any chances of him featuring in the game would see him as a bench option.

Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo are certainly sure shot starters given the lack of fit attackers at the moment. Harvey Elliott’s supreme performance against Luton Town might see him retain his place in the XI as well. Mohamed Salah is also an option for Liverpool, but will likely come on as a substitute with the Reds not wanting to aggravate his injury issue as is the case with Darwin Nunez.

Goodness gracious, Alexis Mac Allister actually looks photoshopped.
Goodness gracious, Alexis Mac Allister actually looks photoshopped.


The last five games between the sides include four league matches and one FA Cup Final two seasons ago. All of the league games, except the most recent one have ended in a draw. Earlier this month in February, the Reds annihilated Chelsea at Anfield in the league with Diogo Jota, Dominik Szoboszlai, Conor Bradley and Luis Diaz scoring for the Reds in a 4-1 win over the Blues for whom Christopher Nkunku scored.

Recent history favours Liverpool, with the Reds emerging triumphant in the last two cup finals against Chelsea, both decided by nerve-shredding penalty shootouts which makes the upcoming occasion just that little bit more special.

Chelsea surely remain a formidable adversary, capable of springing surprises and upending the form book as evidenced by their recent 1-1 draw against Manchester City just weeks after seeing themselves thwarted 4-1 at the hands of Wolves. As the tension mounts, expect fireworks on the pitch as these two giants collide in a battle for supremacy.

We only have one of these four players available for the final.
We only have one of these four players available for the final.

Key Duel

Cody Gakpo vs the full-back on whatever side he plays. Gakpo is Liverpool’s highest goalscorer in this competition with four to his name. If he manages to score against the Blues in the final, he will level Morgan Rogers of Middlesbrough who has five.

Another key duel is Alexis Mac Allister against Enzo Fernandez. Mac Allister has been in fantastic form for Liverpool. The only competition where Chelsea have had some amount of success is the Carabao Cup with Fernandez leading the Blues. He has created 14 chances in the tournament, which is the highest and he will prove to be a tough nut to crack for the Reds’ midfield.

Liverpool star midfielder Alexis Mac Allister with Chelsea man Enzo Fernandez.
Liverpool star midfielder Alexis Mac Allister with Chelsea man Enzo Fernandez.


In the face of injury issues, it is tough to predict the outcome of the game but Liverpool showed tremendous mental strength recently to beat Luton Town 4-1 after heading back to the tunnel with the scoreline against them. Liverpool have it in them to overcome Chelsea, but it will likely take a goal against them early on to hit back, and in typical Liverpool fashion. 3-1 to the Reds, or better, hopefully. Let the Jurgen Klopp sendoff begin with a wonderful piece of silverware in the form of the Carabao Cup. One Kiss is All It Takes. One Goal is All It Takes.

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As the stage is set for a captivating spectacle at Wembley Stadium, fans brace themselves for a thrilling encounter that promises to deliver excitement, drama, and unforgettable moments. Let the countdown to kickoff begin as Liverpool and Chelsea lock horns in a battle for Carabao Cup glory.