Chelsea vs Liverpool – LIVE!
The first major trophy of the English football season is the prize on offer this afternoon as Chelsea face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley. It is a repeat of the 2022 final in this competition, when Liverpool won a remarkable penalty shootout 11-10 after a goalless 120 minutes.
Chelsea go in search of the first trophy of the Todd Boehly era, while Mauricio Pochettino is also yet to pick up silverware in England. The Blues go into the match as underdogs, but will have taken plenty of confidence from their performance last time out, when holding Manchester City to a draw.
As for Liverpool, they are still in the hunt for four trophies as they look to send Jurgen Klopp out on a high in his final season in charge. They beat Chelsea 4-1 just a few weeks ago, but they do now have a huge injury list to contend with. Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai are among those facing a race to prove their fitness. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, featuring expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella nad Dan Kilpatrick at Wembley!
Chelsea vs Liverpool latest news
Kick-off: 3pm GMT, Wembley Stadium
How to watch: Sky Sports
Chelsea team news: Silva pushing to be fit
Liverpool team news: Salah and Nunez both doubts
Standard Sport prediction
Can Chelsea outgun Liverpool?
13:25 , Matt Verri
No Premier League team has scored more than Liverpool this season.
The Reds’ five main attackers have 67 goals in all competitions — Mohamed Salah (19), Diogo Jota (14), Darwin Nunez (13), Cody Gakpo (11) and Luis Diaz (10).
By contrast, Chelsea’s top five forwards have scored 37 times. Amid such a huge disparity, the question is, who will be the match-winner?
The Blues’ task will be helped if Salah and Nunez are unavailable, with Jota already ruled out…
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Alonso reluctant to talk about Liverpool links
13:19 , Matt Verri
Potential Liverpool and Bayern Munich target Xabi Alonso has remained coy on his links to both dugouts.
The Bayer Leverkusen boss is reportedly a top target for the Bavarians, who he is set to beat to the Bundesliga title amid a superb unbeaten season for his team.
Alonso, 42, played for both Liverpool and Bayern and had been hotly-tipped to take over from Jurgen Klopp in the summer – until Munich announced Thomas Tuchel’s exit at the end of the season.
He was asked about his future this week.
“Maybe you have some questions about my future, but I’m sorry, I have nothing new to say – I wanted to say that beforehand,” Alonso told a press conference.
“Right now I’m the [Leverkusen] coach. That’s for sure. I have nothing new to say for the future. We will see. It’s normal that there are questions, but it’s off topic now. Now is not the time for me to talk much about it.”
Boehly to watch on at Wembley
13:13 , Matt Verri
Todd Boehly will attend this afternoon’s Carabao Cup showdown as Chelsea chase their first major trophy since he bought the club in 2022.
The 50-year-old will be sat alongside co-owner Behdad Eghbali at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, having increasingly taken a back step from the football operation towards the end of last season.
It will be the first sighting of Boehly and Egbhali together in months, but reports of a rift or cooling of their relationship have been denied.
Eghbali is now taking a more active role on the football side, with Boehly having attended to other interests since his last visit to Stamford Bridge for the win over Fulham on 13 January.
The owners have left much of the day-to-day running of the club to sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart but remain in constant dialogue with the influential duo.
Liverpool trio to miss out?
13:06 , Matt Verri
The Liverpool squad were out having a look at the pitch earlier this morning.
There was no sign of Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez or Dominik Szoboszlai.
Jurgen Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders told reporters on Friday: “We come in a crazy schedule again, so we play every three days. It’s important for us to use each minute, use each day to really look how the players are.
“This is for Mo, Dom and Darwin.
“Two training sessions to go, let’s see how they are and then we can make a decision in the last minute. And all the others, we know it’s longer.”
We’ve been here before…
12:59 , Matt Verri
These two sides met in the 2022 Carabao Cup final.
After 120 goalless minutes at Wembley, it went to penalties… for a long time.
Eventually Liverpool came out on top, winning the shootout 11-10 as Kepa blazed his spot-kick over the bar.
Standard Sport prediction
12:53 , Matt Verri
Liverpool have lost only twice in the Premier League this season and are unbeaten in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, emphasising just how difficult the task facing Chelsea is.
Chelsea have produced strong displays in a number of big games this season, but the lack of consistency makes it difficult to trust them despite their recent resurgence.
However, injuries to the Reds could potentially swing this final in Pochettino’s favour.
Expect goals, drama and, potentially, for it to go all the way.
Chelsea to win, 3-2 after extra time.
Liverpool team news
12:47 , Matt Verri
Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Salah was absent from Wednesday night’s 4-1 comeback win over Luton in the Premier League at Anfield after suffering from muscle fatigue, having only recently returned from a hamstring injury.
Nunez was also missing in midweek having picked up an unspecified issue. Szoboszlai, meanwhile, has previously been rated as having an outside chance of featuring against Chelsea while recovering from a hamstring injury.
All three players are being monitored right up until game day, with Liverpool set to make last-minute decisions on their readiness after fitness tests.
Caoimhin Kelleher will start in goal at Wembley after Alisson Becker was ruled out by the Brazilian national team boss for a month, with Conor Bradley primed to continue at right-back amid Trent Alexander-Arnold’s absence. The England international is expected back at the end of next month.
An ankle sprain means Curtis Jones will miss out until after the March international break, handing Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch a clean run at lining up alongside Alexis Mac Allister.
Predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Kelleher; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Endo, Gravenberch; Elliott, Gakpo, Diaz
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Chelsea team news
12:41 , Matt Verri
Chelsea have lingering question marks over Thiago Silva as they continue to nurse a lengthy injury list.
The veteran Brazilian centre-back has been in a race against time to make the showpiece fixture at Wembley after sustaining a groin problem in the 3-1 win at Crystal Palace nearly two weeks ago.
Silva could yet miss out along with Benoit Badiashile, Wesley Fofana, Reece James and Marc Cucurella – leaving manager Mauricio Pochettino with limited options in defence.
Midfielders Carney Chukwuemeka, Romeo Lavia and Lesley Ugochukwu are also out, though Cucurella joined Silva back in partial team training at Cobham on Friday.
Djordje Petrovic will continue as the starting goalkeeper despite Robert Sanchez’s return from a knee problem and a personal issue.
Christopher Nkunku, Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke will have to settle for places on the bench as the alternative options available to Pochettino during the final.
Predicted Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Colwill, Chilwell; Fernandez, Gallagher, Caicedo; Palmer, Jackson, Sterling
How to watch Chelsea vs Liverpool
12:35 , Matt Verri
TV channel: The Carabao Cup final will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage starting at 2pm GMT ahead of a 3pm kick-off.
Live stream: Subscribers will also be able to watch on a live stream online via the Sky Go app.
Live blog: Follow all the final action this afternoon right here! Nizaar Kinsella and Dan Kilpatrick will be providing expert analysis from Wembley.
12:30 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs Liverpool!
Huge afternoon coming up – the first major trophy of the season is up for grabs in the Carabao Cup final.
No surprise to see Liverpool are the favourites, with Jurgen Klopp’s side still in the hunt for four trophies, but the Blues have made a habit of turning up in big games.
We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 3pm GMT from Wembley Stadium.
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