Liverpool Win Carabao Cup after 20 Years Wait

Liverpool Win Carabao Cup after 20 Years Wait

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 missed the decisive penalty in a marathon 11-10 shootout at Wembley.

Brought on by Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel for the shootout in the final minute of extra-time, as he was in August’s Super Cup, Kepa failed to save a single penalty, before blazing his own effort over the bar to hand Liverpool victory after a goalless 120 minutes.

It was a remarkable moment that came three years after the previous defining incident in Kepa’s Chelsea career, when he refused Maurizio Sarri’s instructions for him to be removed ahead of their shootout defeat to Manchester City in the 2019 final.

For Liverpool it was a first Carabao Cup win since 2012, taking them ahead of Manchester City again to become the outright most successful side in the history of the competition with nine wins. It also ended Jurgen Klopp’s wait for a first domestic cup trophy with the club.