LONDON: Liverpool won the League Cup in dramatic style when Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to complete a crucial penalty to give the Reds an 11-10 win in the decider after a 0-0 draw at Wembley earlier this morning.
Jurgen Klopp’s side clinched their first domestic title since the 2012 League Cup when Kepa’s shot went over the bar.
It was the only failed attempt in the determination that saw Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher blast home a goal before Kepa failed to do so.
Kepa was included after extra time to replace Edouard Mendy due to his reputation as a penalty shooter but the Spanish goalkeeper failed to save any Liverpool attempts.
Kepa was already in trouble in the 2019 League Cup final when he refused to be sent off before losing a penalty shootout at the hands of Manchester City.
Liverpool saw Joel Matip’s second -half goal disallowed for an offside against Virgil van Dijk while Chelsea’s three attempts after that were also not counted.
The Reds won the League Cup with a record nine times as Klopp became the first German operator to win the tournament after losing twice as boss at the club.
“There’s a bit of room to feel sentimental. Caoimhin Kelleher is a young player, playing in all the tournaments. I can’t tell him he can’t play in the final,” Klopp said.
“I am a manager and also a human being. He deserves this win.
“I’m happy for everyone who is in a difficult situation to celebrate something like this. Chelsea are very strong, we match. We need a little luck.”