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Carabao Cup

WhoScored's Carabao Cup Team of the Tournament

1 March 2022

Carabao Cup finalists Liverpool and Chelsea are both represented in the WhoScored.com best XI from the competition. We now run through the team of the tournament of those to have made four or more appearances this season.

Goalkeeper: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool) - 7.32 rating

Jurgen Klopp's decision to start Caoimhin Kelleher between the sticks in Sunday's final reaped the rewards as the youngster kept a clean sheet at Wembley. Only two goalkeepers made more saves than Kelleher (15) in the Carabao Cup this season, the 23-year-old also keeping a clean sheet in three of his four matches.

Right-back: Cedric Soares (Arsenal) - 7.58 rating

Only Kai Havertz (11) made more key passes than Cedric Soares (10) in the Carabao Cup this season, with the Arsenal full-back impressive across his four outings prior to the Gunners' semi-final exit at the hands of eventual winners Liverpool. Two assists was the fourth best return in the competition as Soares features with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.58.

Centre-back: Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) - 7.51 rating

The first of three Chelsea players to feature in the side, Trevoh Chalobah was unfortunate to have been on the losing side in Sunday's Carabao Cup final. The youngster made 11 interceptions across his four cup outings - only Preston's Sepp van den Berg (12) made more - to help consolidate a spot in the team.

Centre-back: Robert Dickie (QPR) - 7.66 rating

Robert Dickie was imperious at the heart of the QPR defence up until their Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Sunderland. Dickie ranked third for tackles and interceptions combined (18) to contribute towards his inclusion in the team of the season with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.66.

Left-back: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) - 7.64 rating

Rounding off the defence is the second Chelsea player to feature. Marcos Alonso, like Soares, also created 10 goalscoring chances for the Blues in the Carabao Cup this season, though he registered just the one assist throughout the competition. Nevertheless, Alonso's performances were enough to return a WhoScored.com rating of 7.64.

Central midfield: Saman Ghoddos (Brentford) - 7.20 rating

Saman Ghoddos has been used primarily as an impact player in the Premier League this season, but was impressive when called upon in the Carabao Cup. Ghoddos returned a WhoScored.com rating of 7.20 in his four outings in the competition, as only Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe (4) registered more assists than the 28-year-old (3).

Central midfield: Saul Niguez (Chelsea) - 7.54 rating

The third and final Chelsea player to make the cut, Saul Niguez was a ball winning machine for the Blues in his four outings. Indeed, he made at least nine more tackles (21) than any other player in the Carabao Cup to anchor the midfield with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.54.

Central midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) - 7.24 rating

The second Liverpool player in the side completes the midfield with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain joining Ghoddos and Saul in the middle of the park. Oxlade Chamberlain was a driving force from midfield when needed having completed the third most dribbles (10) in the competition.

Striker: Marcus Forss (Brentford) - 7.63 rating

Marcus Forss departed Brentford for Hull in January, yet shone for the Bees prior to his move to the MKM Stadium. No player scored more goals than Forss (5) in the Carabao Cup this season, as he hit the back of the net with all five shots on target he mustered, helping earn a WhoScored.com rating of 7.63 in the process.

Striker: Emil Riis Jakobsen (Preston) - 7.85 rating

The highest rated player to make the XI with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.85, Preston's Emil Riis Jakobsen leads the charge in the Carabao Cup best XI. The Dane had a direct hand in five of Preston's 11 goals in the competition, scoring four, while seven key passes and four dribbles were both commendable returns for the Preston striker.

Striker: Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) - 7.39 rating

Completing the frontline is the second Arsenal player in the side. Like Forss, Eddie Nkeitah also netted five goals for the Gunners in the Carabao Cup this season. Only Takumi Minamino (16) managed more shots than Nketiah (14) in the competition to help the 22-year-old to a spot in attack with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.39.

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