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Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool: van Dijk’s extra-time winner adds another silverware to Klopp’s legacy

Liverpool clinched a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final courtesy of an extra-time goal from Virgil van Dijk.

The encounter at Wembley appeared headed for a goalless draw until the Dutch defender rose highest from a late corner to nod home the decisive goal.

Jurgen Klopp’s team showcased the talents of several young academy players, who played crucial roles in outlasting Chelsea, still seeking their first trophy in the BlueCo era.

Liverpool had the first clear chance when Axel Disasi’s slip gifted possession to Cody Gakpo, who set up Luis Diaz, but the shot was saved by Djordje Petrovic.

Despite early pressure from Liverpool, Chelsea nearly took the lead midway through the first half. Moises Caicedo’s pass found Conor Gallagher, whose attempt was saved by Caoimhin Kelleher after Cole Palmer’s follow-up was blocked.

Chelsea thought they broke the deadlock when Nicolas Jackson set up Raheem Sterling, but the goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR review showed Jackson marginally ahead of Ibrahima Konate.

Liverpool vs Chelsea: Blues fought valiantly

Liverpool hit the post through Gakpo’s header from a cross by Andrew Robertson, but both teams went into halftime level.

In the second half, Chelsea missed another chance when Jackson’s cut-back found Enzo Fernandez, but he couldn’t capitalize, and Liverpool cleared the danger.

An hour into the game, Liverpool believed they had taken the lead. Robertson’s precise free-kick found Virgil van Dijk, who headed the ball into the net. However, Wataru Endo was deemed offside and interfering with play, leading to the controversial disallowance of the goal following a VAR review.

Chelsea had their chances too, with Jackson setting up Disasi, whose close-range effort went off target. Later, Gallagher’s redirection of Palmer’s cross hit the post.

Chelsea’s counterattacks continued to threaten, but Gallagher’s attempt was stopped by Kelleher.

As stoppage time approached, Chelsea missed more opportunities, with Kelleher denying Palmer and Nkunku.

The game went into extra time, with Petrovic making a crucial save from Danns’ header. Diaz’s pass to Elliott led to a half-chance, but the shot found the side-netting.

Liverpool almost scored when Petrovic saved Elliott’s header, but he managed to prevent Danns from scoring on the rebound.

In the dying moments, Van Dijk rose above the Chelsea defense to head in Tsimikas’ corner and secure the cup for Liverpool.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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