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    EFL/Carabao Cup 2021/22: Liverpool defeat Chelsea 11-10 on penalties in the Final

    The last 4 of this year's EFL Cup have been decided, with 2 mouth-watering semi-finals coming up:

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    Predictions on the outcome of the tournament?
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    Arsenal will face Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, while Chelsea will meet Tottenham.

    Chelsea's meeting with Spurs is a repeat of the 2015 final, when the Blues won 2-0 at Wembley.

    Both semi-finals are scheduled to take place over two legs - with the first of each played in the week commencing 3 January 2022.

    The deciding legs will take place in the week commencing 10 January, with the final at Wembley on 27 February.

    Eight-time winners Liverpool came from 0-2 and 1-3 down to make it 3-3 before they beat Leicester 5-4 on penalties in a thrilling quarter-final on Wednesday.

    The Reds have not won the competition since 2012.

    Arsenal, 5-1 winners over Sunderland on Tuesday, have lost three finals since their last League Cup triumph in 1993.


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Another thriller at Anfield ending with Liverpool going through. Taki equalising with a brilliant finish followed by some great saves by the keeper takes us through. Cocky Leicester return home crying bucket loads after being 3-1 up.


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    Looks like a Liverpool-Chelsea final (which would be superb) unless there is an upset or two along the way…

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    Five arrests were made following crowd trouble as Tottenham beat West Ham 2-1 to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

    The two sets of fans clashed before the game with several police officers forced to intervene outside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    There were also a number of incidents inside the stadium throughout the game.

    The arrests were for violent disorder, actual bodily harm, drunk and disorderly behaviour and assaulting an emergency worker.

    One fan was also arrested on suspicion of invading the pitch.

    The two teams were competing for a Carabao Cup semi-final spot, with Spurs winning thanks to goals from Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura.

    Metropolitan Police said a "robust and proportionate policing plan" was in place for the fixture, with officers responding to "sporadic" fighting outside the ground.

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    Generally the team chasing the title with a genuine shout, that wins League cup wins the league ... Albeit City were four times defending holders

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    Liverpool have formally asked for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final at Arsenal to be postponed.

    The Reds were forced to cancel their 4pm training session on Tuesday following a further outbreak of COVID-19.

    Liverpool were already without Joel Matip, Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino for the game at the Emirates after they all tested positive last week, while Jurgen Klopp is also isolating and missed Sunday’s draw at Chelsea.

    And now a request has been lodged with the EFL in an effort to push back their last-four clash with the Gunners with Liverpool citing other availability issues linked to injuries and illnesses on top of the Covid absences.

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/spor...aking-22645993


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    Arsenal at home will be favourites against Liverpool esp with us having a lot of players out.

    LFC should play their kids, no point asking for a postponment only to play later in a busy schedule.


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    Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders has tested positive for Covid-19, plunging Thursday's Carabao Cup game against Arsenal into further doubt.


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    Carabao Cup: Arsenal v Liverpool postponed because of severe Covid outbreak at Anfield

    Liverpool's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal on Thursday has been postponed because of a "severe outbreak of Covid" at the Anfield club.

    The Reds temporarily closed their first-team training centre on Wednesday after assistant manager Pep Lijnders became the latest to have to isolate.

    The first leg will now be at Anfield on 13 January and the second at Emirates Stadium on 20 January, both at 19:45.

    Liverpool had requested the postponement on Tuesday.

    The EFL said in a statement it had been in "regular dialogue" with the club since then "in an attempt to understand whether the tie could proceed".

    The statement continued: "Significant developments over this period have resulted in the club reporting an ever-increasing number of Covid cases.

    "Having now fully reviewed the circumstances involved, the League has accepted Liverpool's request after determining, albeit reluctantly, that a postponement was the only option as the club looks to mitigate against the further risk of infection amongst its squad and staff alongside ensuring public health was protected by not travelling from Liverpool to London."

    Earlier on Wednesday, the Liverpool said their training facilities would be closed for at least 48 hours because of a "rapidly growing number" of coronavirus cases.

    Lijnders took charge for Sunday's Premier League draw at Chelsea, with manager Jurgen Klopp already isolating.

    Players Alisson, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino missed that game too and three other staff members tested positive.

    Liverpool - further stretched by the departure of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita for the Africa Cup of Nations - cancelled a news conference due to be led by Lijnders on Wednesday.

    Following the postponement, the club said in a statement it "would like to place on record its thanks to the EFL and Arsenal for their understanding, as well as supporters of both clubs, as we continue to navigate through this challenging period".

    Liverpool are due to host Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday (14:00), while Chelsea host Tottenham in the other Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday (19:45 GMT).

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/59883780

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    Chelsea deservedly beat Tottenham in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, but had so many chances they should have already sealed their place at Wembley.

    Kai Havertz gave Chelsea an early lead when he ran onto Marcos Alonso's through ball and fired home with Davinson Sanchez unable to keep the shot out on the line.

    The Blues' second was a comedy own goal as Japhet Tanganga headed the ball into team-mate Ben Davies' shoulder and it flew into the net.

    Romelu Lukaku, back in the team after a one-game exile for comments he made in an interview, had several chances and headed wide from close range.

    Spurs, who changed to a back four after a torrid first half, had to wait until the 50th minute for a shot, with Harry Kane's free-kick saved by Kepa.

    But the chances continued to come for Chelsea with Hugo Lloris denying Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech and the returning Timo Werner.

    Spurs will need to be much better in a week's time in the second leg to have any chance of reaching Wembley.

    Liverpool and Arsenal play in the other semi-final with their games on 13 and 20 January after the first leg rearranged because of Covid cases in the Liverpool camp.



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    Chelsea make light work of Spurs to reach EFL Cup final

    Chelsea eased into the Carabao Cup final as they closed out a comfortable 1-0 (3-0 agg.) win over Tottenham in the 2nd leg of the semi-final.

    Spurs never seriously threatened to overturn Chelsea's two-goal first-leg advantage and Antonio Rudiger's bundled finish from Mason Mount's corner after 18 minutes effectively confirmed a Wembley date with either Arsenal or Liverpool.

    It was a night of frustration for Spurs and their former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as they saw two penalties, awarded by referee Andre Marriner for fouls on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Lucas Moura, correctly overturned by VAR.

    Harry Kane also saw a goal ruled out for offside in an improved second-half performance from Spurs but Chelsea always looked in control - and once they had extended their aggregate lead early on, they were able to control affairs without hitting their best form.

    The game was paused late on following a medical emergency in the crowd and on resumption Chelsea completed the formalities of their victory.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/59876396


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    So the first finalist of this year's Carabao Cup is Chelsea!

    The first leg of the semi-final between Liverpool and Arsenal takes place tomorrow night at Anfield.

    Who will be joining Chelsea at Wembley?


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Liverpool were left frustrated by 10-man Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Anfield.

    Granit Xhaka was dismissed after 24 minutes for denying a goalscoring opportunity - the Swiss midfielder catching Diogo Jota with a high challenge on the edge of his penalty area as he attempted to cut out Andrew Robertson's pass.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold could not punish Arsenal further from the resulting free-kick, however, and the visitors produced a resolute defensive display to leave on level terms.

    Despite coming under intense pressure it was Arsenal who registered the first shot on target 71 minutes into the contest, but a poor first touch by Bukayo Saka allowed Alisson to smother the England international's shot at close range.

    Takumi Minamino blazed over the crossbar when faced with an open goal with Liverpool's best chance of the match in the closing stages.

    The second leg takes place at Emirates Stadium next Thursday at 19:45 GMT.

    The winner will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley at the end of February, after Thomas Tuchel's side completed a 3-0 aggregate victory over Tottenham on Wednesday.



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    Arsenal v Liverpool - League Cup semi-final second leg (18:45 GMT)


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    Liverpool reached their first Wembley final for six years as a double from Diogo Jota set up a Wembley date with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

    Jota brilliantly filled the gaps left by Mo Salah and Sadio Mane - away at the Africa Cup Of Nations - as his lethal finishing wrecked Arsenal's trophy hopes for this season after a goalless semi-final first leg at Anfield.

    Arsenal started impressively, Alexandre Lacazette hitting the woodwork from a free-kick, but Liverpool struck after 19 minutes when Jota's scuffed shot after a fine run beat scrambling Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

    Lacazette missed Arsenal's best chance after the break, shooting over when clean through, but Liverpool had chances of their own and sealed their first final in this competition since the 2016 loss to Manchester City when Jota ran onto Trent Alexander-Arnold's pass and lofted a precise finish over Ramsdale with 13 minutes left, the goal given by VAR after initially being disallowed for offside.

    Arsenal's misery was complete when Thomas Partey, on as a substitute after returning from Afcon at midday, received a second yellow card for a senseless late challenge on Fabinho.



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    So Liverpool will meet Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on the 27th February.

    Could be Klopp's first domestic trophy with Liverpool, sure to be a brilliant game.


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    Chelsea and Liverpool showed their support for the people of Ukraine before the Carabao Cup final, while there were also other shows of solidarity across football.

    The Blues took to the pitch at Wembley a day after their Russian owner Roman Abramovich said he was giving trustees of the club's charitable foundation "the stewardship and care" of the Stamford Bridge side.

    Abramovich took his decision amid his country's invasion of Ukraine.

    His statement did not mention the military action by Russia, but there was plenty of support for Ukraine from both clubs at Wembley.

    Chelsea captain Cezar Azpilicueta and Liverpool counterpart Jordan Henderson carried wreaths in the yellow and blue colours of Ukraine when they emerged.

    There was then applause from all those at Wembley while the words Football Stands Together were shown on the big screen on a yellow and blue background.


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    Great match so far!

    End to end, loads happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Great match so far!

    End to end, loads happening.
    Lukaku's goal was on side. Chelsea got robbed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajdeep View Post
    Lukaku's goal was on side. Chelsea got robbed
    Looked marginally onside didn’t it.

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    4 goals disallowed now.

    1 for Liverpool and 3 for Chelsea.

    Lol

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    The Offside Final

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    This is a joke...20 penalties now and all went in


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    Liverpool wins finally...22 penalty shots...wow

    Chelsea goal keeper couldnt score.

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    An incredible match!

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    Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool
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    Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties


    Liverpool won a dramatic penalty shoot-out to secure the first domestic trophy of the season after a classic Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

    Kepa Arrizabalaga, brought on in the closing moments of extra time as a penalty specialist, missed the decisive spot-kick after a magnificent game came down to a shoot-out between Chelsea's keeper and his Liverpool counterpart Caoimhin Kelleher.

    Kelleher made it 11 penalties from 11 for Liverpool but Kepa blazed wildly over the top as a high-class showpiece was decided by the finest of margins after 21 successful attempts.

    Chelsea, who had three goals disallowed for offside, were left to rue two big misses by Mason Mount but they were also grateful for a magnificent display from keeper Edouard Mendy, who produced a string of outstanding saves.

    Liverpool created a host of chances and had a Joel Matip goal ruled out for a foul and offside in an incident-packed game that went right down to the wire before Jurgen Klopp's side prevailed.

    Manager Jurgen Klopp made it clear as soon as Liverpool reached Wembley that Kelleher would retain his place as the Reds' goalkeeper in this competition ahead of first-choice Alisson.

    It was a decision laced with an element of risk but the 23-year-old repaid Klopp with a complete performance that included scoring Liverpool's 11th and final penalty.

    This was a small element of a remarkably assured performance that started with a crucial early save from Christian Pulisic and also saw him deny Chelsea a last-gasp win with a near-post block from Romelu Lukaku in the closing seconds of extra time.

    Kelleher was composed in every aspect of his game as he dominated his area and handled everything that came his way, confirming his growing reputation as a goalkeeper of high promise.

    Liverpool had to go all the way to win this trophy for the first time since 2012.

    Klopp was forced into a late reshuffle after a tearful Thiago Alcantara was injured in the warm-up, drafting in Naby Keita as a late replacement.

    Liverpool traded near misses with Chelsea as both teams refused to take a backward step and it was right that only penalties could separate the sides after an outstanding Wembley occasion.

    Mount will have a sleepless night after this EFL Cup final after missing two glorious chances either side of half-time that could have proved pivotal.

    He somehow steered wide with the goal at his mercy just before the interval then, with time and space to spare, struck a finish against the post with Kelleher badly exposed.

    On such small details this game was decided, although Chelsea will also look back on the most marginal of offside decisions that saw substitute Lukaku have a goal disallowed.

    Manager Thomas Tuchel took an understandable gamble when he sent on Kepa in the final moments in the hope he would live up to his reputation as a penalty expert but he could not stop 11 spot-kicks from Liverpool before sending his own effort horribly high into the celebrating supporters behind Kelleher's goal.

    Tuchel may wonder whether he should have kept the unbeatable Mendy on for penalties after his heroic performance but it is easy to be wise after the event and Kepa has proved his quality from penalties in the past.

    There can be no complaints about the quality and effort in Chelsea's performance other than the failure to take the chances that came their way.

    They demonstrated they belong in the Premier League's elite company alongside Liverpool and Manchester City and no-one would dismiss their chances of making amends for this disappointment by winning a different piece of silverware this season.

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    Kepa's penalty

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    Kepa's penalty
    It was going for a while, and has now settled into an orbit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    It was going for a while, and has now settled into an orbit.
    Think he forgot that he was facing the goal as opposed to away from it, when taking a goal kick.

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    Chelsea had the far better chances no doubt about it. I was surprised to see Lakaku's goal being disallowed for off side as from the camera angle we were shown it seemed on to me. VVD wasn't happy with Matip's goal being chopped off but the replays showed it was the right decision too.

    Chelsea had more of the ball in midfield partly due to Thiago getting injured during warm up. We missed him dictating terms in the middle like the general that he is. Talking off midfield Keita was so lucky not to be sent off for that atrocious tackle on their lad. So bad was it that I felt the pain sitting on my chair!

    Both keepers played their part making crucial saves until Chelsea decided to swap for penalties. That is as good as telling Mendy "our second choice keeper is a better penalty stopper then you!". Most likely it was the crucial decision of the match otherwise Mendy could have saved a few. As for the mighty Red's we march on now to Wednesday for the FA Cup expecting to fully qualify for the next round. Diaz seems to have injured himself and Firmino is also on the treatment table...I am sure the gaffer will be making some changes.

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    Champions League reform does not threaten the future of the EFL Cup but the Football League is "realistic" about changes that might be needed to its format, says chairman Rick Parry.

    Key meetings involving the European Clubs' Association and Uefa this week could lead to agreement over the Champions League format from 2024.

    Uefa agreed to expand the tournament from 32 to 36 teams last year - with the group stage to be expanded from six matchdays to either 10 or, more likely, eight.

    This will require additional midweek dates before Christmas, which will impact on the EFL Cup given there are no spare dates between the September international break and the end of December.

    "We are realistic," Parry told BBC Sport. "We clearly know 2024 is coming.

    "Uefa doesn't really like League Cups. We are pretty much unique now in terms of major leagues.

    "I don't think the future of the competition is under threat. But it's whether we look at the time-tabling of it. Whether, for example, we have to consider single leg semi-finals. Whether we have to look at the teams that clubs in Europe field.

    "If discussions around the future of the EFL Cup are part of the broader discussion around redistribution and governance, so be it. But they can't take place in isolation. They have to be part of the total package."

    Derby stadium issue 'needs sorting'

    The future of the EFL Cup is one of a number of major issues facing Parry's organisation.

    The most immediate of these is the uncertain future of Derby County, recently relegated to League One.

    Preferred bidder Chris Kirchner had hoped to get approval for his purchase of the Rams at the end of last week.

    However, this was not forthcoming from the EFL because of continuing uncertainty over the club's Pride Park stadium, which remains under the control of former owner Mel Morris.

    Kirchner and Morris at 'impasse' over Pride Park sale

    Kirchner has now flown to Bangkok, in Thailand, for a prior engagement in Bangkok.

    "Clearly we desperately want to see Derby survive," said Parry.

    "We have made a lot of progress in recent days in terms of the bid that was put before us and it being able to satisfy our requirements. The issue, which is no great surprise and has been the biggest issue all along, is the need to sort out the position with the stadium."

    'Chance of a lifetime' to address football's financial problems
    The EFL is also hoping the UK government pushes through Tracy Crouch's recommendations within the recent fan-led review of football governance.

    Government to introduce independent football regulator in England

    Parry has led the call for a redistribution of funding across the game and views Crouch's findings as offering the "chance of a lifetime" to reset English club football's financial structure.

    The EFL is particularly opposed to the benefit relegated clubs get from Premier League parachute payments.

    Fulham and Bournemouth both benefited from them as they were promoted back to the top flight this season and, of the four additional clubs who received them, two - Sheffield United and Huddersfield - also have a chance to get promoted through the play-offs.

    "The cliff-edge between the Championship and Premier League is almost unbridgeable," he said.

    "If you are going to make clubs sustainable, you need to look at the distribution of revenues and also financial regulation. You can't have one without the other. If you just have regulation, you might regulate clubs out of existence. If you just have redistribution, then, arguably, the money gets wasted.

    "If we don't address the issue of parachute payments, we are likely to have a group of yo-yo clubs, which is in nobody's interests. The Premier League needs new faces and new voices, not three or four clubs who just go up and down."

    'Nobody is immune' from mental health problems
    Parry was speaking in the National Football Museum at the 'celebration' of the end of the EFL's partnership with mental health charity Mind.

    He believes the arrangement has helped foster a growing awareness of mental health problems within football.

    "Nobody is immune," said Parry. "The fact they are fit, well-paid and talented absolutely doesn't mean footballers are immune from mental health challenges.

    "It is a very high pressure environment and there has been a very macho culture in which it has been hard to admit to mental health issues.

    "If nothing else, what we have enabled people to do is to talk about the situation in a grown up way and recognise it is not something to be embarrassed about.

    "People are being trained to recognise those first signs when people might be struggling, to encourage them to open up and talk. This partnership will create a real legacy because the clubs' awareness and involvement will go on."

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