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Liverpool claim League Cup with 1-0 extra-time victory over Chelsea

Klopp started out a perfect farewell for himself with the Reds beating Pochettino's Chelsea, or as Gary Neville beautifully put it, the 'Blue billion-pound bottlejobs'. The comment came after the Blues lost their third domestic cup final to Liverpool, who beat them the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in 2022.
Last Updated 26 February 2024, 07:28 IST

London: Liverpool won the League Cup by beating Chelsea 1-0 through a late extra-time goal from captain Virgil van Dijk after a fierce end-to-end battle at Wembley on Sunday.

Dutchman Van Dijk rose to meet a corner in the 118th minute and nodded home in front of cheering Liverpool fans.

The two teams had numerous chances in the first 90 minutes.

Both sides had goals ruled out after long VAR checks, with Raheem Sterling's first-half effort for Chelsea cancelled out because Nicolas Jackson was offside in the build-up while Van Dijk's second-half header was disallowed for an infringement by Wataru Endo.

Both teams also hit the post, Liverpool's Cody Gakpo in the first half and Chelsea's Conor Gallagher in the second.

It was the third Cup victory for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool over Chelsea in two years, the Reds winning the League and FA Cups in 2022 after goalless draws and penalty shootouts.

Chelsea have become the first English side in history to lose 6 domestic cup finals on the trot.

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(Published 26 February 2024, 07:28 IST)

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