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Liverpool secured the Carabao Cup. © ANSA / ANDY RAIN

First title perfect: Liverpool wins the League Cup

The Carabao Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea turned into a real thriller. The Reds secured a dramatic final victory.

Coach Jürgen Klopp won the first of four possible titles with Liverpool in his final season. The leaders of the English Football Premier League won 1-0 after extra time against Chelsea in the League Cup final at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Dutchman Virgil van Dijk headed the decisive goal in the 118th minute of this thrilling and fast-paced final.

Klopp and Liverpool can still win the English football championship, the more valuable FA Cup and the Europa League this season. The 56-year-old will leave his club in the summer after nine seasons. Liverpool won the League Cup during his term in 2022 - also in the final against Chelsea.

Virgil van Dijk scored Liverpool victory. © ANSA / ANDY RAIN

From Klopp's perspective, the high-class final had a moment of shock early on: after a foul by Chelsea player Moises Caicedo that wasn't even punished with a yellow card, former Bayern professional Ryan Gravenberch had to be substituted with an ankle injury (28th).

Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the season. © APA/afp / GLYN KIRK

Liverpool were dominant for a long time, but Chelsea also had several great chances through Cole Palmer (21st), Conor Gallagher (76th) and ex-Leipzig player Christopher Nkunku (90th + 3). In addition, both teams had a goal disallowed for offside after several minutes of checking the video images. At Chelsea, Raheem Sterling (33rd) suffered, while at the “Reds” it was the eventual match winner van Dijk (65th).

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