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Chelsea vs Liverpool LIVE: Carabao Cup final result and reaction after Virgil van Dijk nets extra-time winner

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (AET): Virgil van Dijk’s headed effort was the difference and wins the league cup for Jurgen Klopp’s men

Michael Jones
Monday 26 February 2024 13:35 GMT
Klopp and Van Dijk lift League Cup trophy after Liverpool win in extra time

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk headed the winner deep into extra time as Jurgen Klopp’s massively-depleted side beat Chelsea 1-0 to claim a record-extending 10th Carabao Cup. The Dutch defender, who controversially had another header ruled out at the same end in the second half after VAR intervention, rose above Mykhailo Mudryk to nod in Kostas Tsimikas’ corner in the 118th minute.

It was no more than the Netherlands international, lifting his first trophy as Liverpool captain, deserved after a monumental performance in defence in a win which seemed against the odds for long periods. Klopp became the third Liverpool manager to win the trophy more than once as his long goodbye to his departure at the end of the season began with the first of a potential four pieces of silverware. But for opposite number Mauricio Pochettinohis long wait for an English domestic trophy continues.

Relive the action from Wembley:


Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

39 mins: Post!

Diaz comes down the left side and links up with Mac Allister. The ball is rolled back to Robertson who lifts a dainty cross into the penalty area.

Gakpo leaps into the air, wins the header and nods it into the back post before Chelsea scramble it clear!

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:41

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

36 mins: Sterling makes adart down the left wing and collects a chipped pass over the top. He feeds it into the box for Gallagher who pulls it back.

Palmer is on hand but gets beaten to the ball and Kelleher smothers the danger.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:38

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

32 mins: Disallowed!

Chelsea get the ball in the back of the net first as an aerial ball comes over to Cole Palmer. He feeds it down the line for Nicolas Jackson’s run through the middle of the centre-backs.

He collects the ball, drives into the right side of the box and curls a pass across to Raheem Sterling who slots it home with ease.

The assistant referee sends the offside flag up and a quick delay for a VAR check shows that his decision was correct.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:34

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

30 mins: Chelsea have settled down a bit. They’re seeing more of the ball and getting into Liverpool’s half as the Reds try to gel in the new formation.

Jurgen Klopp doesn’t look to have relaxed on the sidelines yet. He’s still ticking.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:32

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

27 mins: The lack of experienced substitutes for Liverpool mean that Jurgen Klopp does not have a like-for-like replacement for Ryan Gravenberch.

Jurgen Klopp is fuming with the officials on the sidelines over that tackle.

Liverpool have undergone a formation changes with Gomez slotting in at right-back and Conor Bradley pushed onto the right wing and Harvey Elliott dropped into midfield.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:28

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

24 mins: Ryan Gravenberch is the victim of a heavy tackle that gets Mo Salah and many of the Liverpool back room staff out of their seats.

Moises Caicedo landed on Gravenberch’s ankle which twisted under him. The stretcher is being brought out for the Liverpool midfielder which is another injury they don’t need.

Joe Gomez is getting ready to come on.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:26

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

21 mins: Save!

Huge moment. Chelsea break up the pitch after feeding the ball across to Conor Gallagher on the right side. He curls a low pass across the box and picks out Raheem Sterling on the run.

Sterling can’t control the ball but it bounces into the path of Cole Palmer who rattles one at goal only for Caoimhim Kelleher to leap to his left and stop the ball with his body.

Massive save from the Liverpool goalkeeper.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:22

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

20 mins: Conor Bradley is fed the ball after drifting into midfield and spins away from Enzo Fernandez. He carries it within range of goal and takes a shot only for the first defender, may Ben Chilwell, to get the block in.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:20

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

18 mins: The Liverpool fans have been the loudest inside the stadium and their team is replicating that enthusiasm on the pitch. Chelsea, bar a couple of set pieces, haven’t really threatened and look nervous and shaky at the back.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:18

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

15 mins: Chance!

Axel Disasi is caught in possession deep inside his own half by Cody Gakpo. Gakpo releases the ball to Luis Diaz who takes it into the area and shoots only for Petrovic to drop low and smother the effort.

Big opportunity for Liverpool that one.

Mike Jones25 February 2024 15:16

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