As we gear up for the Carabao Cup Final 2022, here are some of the key statistics surrounding the silverware showdown, including records on the cusp of being broken and Final-firsts!
- This is the third major Final meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool (excluding Community Shields and Super Cups), with the Blues winning on both previous occasions – incluing 3-2 in the 2005 League Cup.
- Liverpool are looking to win the League Cup for a record ninth time, with their last success in the competition coming in 2012 via a penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff City. This is their 13th final in the competition – at least four more than any other side.
- Chelsea are competing in their ninth League Cup Final. The Blues have won the competition five times, with only Liverpool and Manchester City (eight each) winning the trophy more.
- This will be the eighth League Cup tie between Chelsea and Liverpool, with the Blues coming out on top in four of the previous seven, including the only previous Final in the competition between the two clubs in 2005.
- Chelsea will be the first team in English football history to compete in one of the major domestic Cup Finals (League Cup/FA Cup) in six consecutive campaigns, reaching the FA Cup Final in 2016/17, 2017/18, 2019/20 and 2020/21, and the League Cup Final in 2018/19 and this term.
- Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three League Cup matches – the Quarter-Final against Brentford and both Semi-Finals legs versus Tottenham Hotspur – with the Blues never keeping a clean sheet in four consecutive games in the competition. Indeed, in League Cup history, the only Finalist ever to keep a clean sheet in every one of their matches in that season’s Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final were Swansea City in 2012/13.
- Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is set to become the eighth different manager to take charge of an English club in the Finals of each of the League Cup, FA Cup and European Cup/Champions League, and the first to do all three while in charge of the Blues.
- This is the first time two managers of the same nationality will face each other in a League Cup Final since 2012, when Scotsmen Kenny Dalglish and Malky Mackay were in charge for Liverpool vs Cardiff. This is the first time ever that two non-British managers of the same nationality are facing in the showpiece.
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mané has scored eight goals against Chelsea in all competitions, only netting more in his career in England against Crystal Palace (13).
- Christian Pulisic scored for Chelsea in their 2020 FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal, and he could become the sixth different player to score for the Blues in both major domestic Cup Finals (League Cup/FA Cup) after Bobby Tambling, Peter Osgood, Roberto Di Matteo, Didier Drogba and Diego Costa.
- Diogo Jota scored against Leicester in the Quarter-Final and Arsenal in the Semi-Final second leg of this season’s League Cup. He could become only the second ever Liverpool player to score in each of the Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and final of the competition in a single season (replays included), after Kenny Dalglish in 1980/81.
Statistics provided by Opta.