As Chelsea and Liverpool gear up to face off in the small matter of the Carabao Cup Final this weekend, we revisit the last clash between these two teams in this competition; one of seven occasions that the West Londoners and the Merseysiders have met in the League Cup.
It’s an encounter that promises thrills, action and goals, but the goal of the clash arguably came in September 2018, when Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea came up against Jürgen Klopp’s in-form Liverpool, although there was a lot less riding on their last meeting in this competition.
Attacker Eden Hazard was the star of the show as the West Londoners booked their place in Round Four of the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea came from behind to progress, having fallen behind in the second half after Daniel Sturridge struck in the 58th minute for the hosts at Anfield. Within six minutes, Emerson Palmieri equalised for the Blues before substitute Hazard left it late to notch the match-winner in spectacular style.
The Belgium international drifted in from the right, shrugging off two red shirts, besting Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno whilst weaving in and out, before letting fly inside the area, as his rasping effort rippled the far corner of the net.
Ultimately, it was a flash of brilliance from the Belgian that won the game for Chelsea. The solo strike was subsequently voted the Goal of the Round for Round Three, with the strike his sixth in the League Cup; three of which have come when the midfielder was introduced from the bench.
And, speaking after the game, the 31-year-old divulged that he was motivated to find a winner after team-mate N'Golo Kanté revealed his desire to avoid spot-kicks to settle the Round Three tie.
“I spoke to N'Golo on the bench, and he said he didn't want to take a penalty, so you have to score,” he explained. “So, the only solution was to score. When I received the ball, I just tried to do what I can do as I was on my own."
The Blues’ triumph came at the expense of Liverpool’s perfect start to the season, ending a run of seven consecutive victories for the Reds, who made an early exit from the Carabao Cup. Chelsea, on the other hand, went on to lose to Manchester City on a penalty shoot-out in the Final at Wembley Stadium.
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
Emerson 79’, Hazard 85’