February 26, 2024

Liverpool are via to the Carabao Cup ultimate after a 1-1 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage was sufficient to provide them a 3-2 mixture win.

Holding a one-goal benefit from the primary leg at Anfield, Liverpool took the sport additional away from Fulham early on via Luis Diaz’s deflected strike and regarded set for a snug night till Issa Diop ensured a tense finale late within the sport.

However there have been no additional scares for Liverpool who held on for a deserved mixture victory. Jurgen Klopp’s crew will now contest the Carabao Cup trophy at Wembley in opposition to Chelsea subsequent month in what might be a repeat of the 2022 ultimate between the edges.

Participant scores

Fulham:Leno (5), Castagne (5), Tosin (7), Diop (7), Robinson (7), Palhinha (6), Cairney (7), De-Cordova Reid (6), Pereira (5), Willian (7), Jimenez (5).

Subs:Wilson (7), Tete (n/a), Reed (n/a), Muniz (n/a).

Liverpool: Kelleher (6), Bradley (7), Quansah (7), Van Dijk (7), Gomez (6), Mac Allister (6), Gravenberch (6), Elliott (6), Diaz (8), Nunez (6), Gakpo (6).

Subs: Jones (6), Jota (6), Konate (n/a), Clark (n/a).

Participant of the match: Luis Diaz.

How Liverpool reached the ultimate

Fulham did all they may to create an environment, black and white flags waving from all 4 sides of Craven Cottage lengthy earlier than kick-off as they focused a primary home cup ultimate since 1975. However it was Liverpool who began stronger, extending their lead.

Diaz received an aerial problem with Timothy Castagne on the left earlier than firing off a shot that caught a slight deflection however nonetheless ought to have been stopped by Bernd Leno within the Fulham objective. As an alternative, the German might solely push the ball into the nook of the online.

Marco Silva’s facet struggled to settle and there have been extra possibilities for Liverpool earlier than they did. Leno punched the ball into Cody Gakpo, the ball looping over the bar. Diaz then had the ball within the web after Darwin Nunez had hit the publish. The offside flag went up every time.

Fulham improved later within the half, Raul Jimenez forcing a save from Caoimhin Kelleher earlier than happening within the field solely to see the penalty appeals waved away. Willian was busy and Antonee Robinson brought on some issues for Conor Bradley on the overlap.

Group information

  • Fulham made two modifications from the defeat to Chelsea with Bobby De-Cordova Reid and Timothy Castagne coming in for Harry Wilson and Kenny Tete.
  • Jurgen Klopp made 4 modifications to the Liverpool crew that beat Bournemouth. In got here Caoimhin Kelleher, Jarell Quansah, Ryan Gravenberch and Cody Gakpo.

The reward virtually got here early within the second half however Andreas Pereira couldn’t seize the possibility, putting the publish with the objective gaping after Kelleher had failed to say the preliminary cross. Liverpool virtually scored on the following break with the sport opening up.

Nunez twice went near ending any hope of a Fulham comeback and Liverpool had trigger to remorse these misses when Diop turned the ball dwelling from shut vary after very good work by Harry Wilson on the left. The temper modified, the house crowd roaring them on.

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Issa Diop diverted the ball in to attain for Fulham in opposition to Liverpool

Wilson virtually beat Kelleher from distance and Liverpool, who had managed the second half impressively, have been abruptly on the again foot because the Cottage sensed an evening to recollect. ‘Arise in case you nonetheless consider,’ reverberated across the stadium.

It was not sufficient. Liverpool held on with out additional incident to ship the away help dwelling joyful. Fulham hopes dashed. Liverpool’s hopes of an unlikely quadruple alive and properly as their kind exhibits no signal of slumping even with out Mohamed Salah.

Klopp: ‘Younger ones unimaginable’

“It’s improbable. We had the expertise earlier than, we all know what to anticipate. Once more Chelsea wow what a narrative that’s,” Klopp advised Sky Sports activities.

“You need to by no means take with no consideration if you’re a part of the crew who can qualify for trophies.

“This was the complete cup expertise. Open sport, second half they began a bit wilder. We don’t rating. They obtained the equaliser. However the boys did very well and I’m actually joyful.

“The one factor that counts in the long run is that we’re via. The very younger ones have been unimaginable, so joyful to see their response within the dressing room.

“They’re all distinctive they usually all labored extraordinarily arduous. This was not the night time to shine, this was the night time to qualify for a ultimate. You heard from Marco Silva how a lot reaching a ultimate would imply for Fulham, we needed to show and we did.

“All the things nice in regards to the Carabao Cup ultimate. Round that we’ve to be targeted on all the opposite competitions as properly and that’s what we are going to do.

“It’s so good. Wembley is a particular place and I’m actually joyful for everybody concerned they will have that have.”

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted his facet held their nerve in opposition to Fulham

Van Dijk pleased with Liverpool gamers

“We needed to verify we did the correct issues, Fulham performed at dwelling with ambiance,” Virgil van Dijk advised Sky Sports activities afterwards.

“We needed to be able to battle, we began the sport very properly and scored objective. We discovered a manner and go to Wembley.

“I’m pleased with these guys. It is just the start for them. To enter a ultimate with this efficiency is excellent.”

Quansah: ‘That is particular for me’

Van Dijk’s centre-back companion Jarell Quansah added: “It’s particular, unbelievable. Can’t ask for far more actually. We needed to dig in tonight. It’s my first season right here and joyful to get to a ultimate.

“It’s all about rhythm, it’s a must to maintain enjoying. I felt slightly rusty as I’ve not performed just lately.

“Doing this with Conor [Bradley] is particular for me as a result of we’ve performed collectively for 10 years.”

Silva: ‘The gamers gave every thing’

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Fulham boss Marco Silva believed Fulham weren’t adequate in opposition to Liverpool

“It was a tough match like we anticipated actually,” stated Silva.

“They have been main 2-1 so after all we have to rating to undergo to play the ultimate. Efficiency-wise, general, the sport wasn’t our greatest efficiency however I desire to start out with the will and the perspective from the gamers.”

“They gave every thing from the primary to the final minute. To maintain the semi-final open to the final minute exhibits the perspective and the dedication.”

It was an emotional event for Fulham and that confirmed. “Most likely too emotional, extra nervous than Liverpool,” added Silva. “We couldn’t maintain possession like we usually do. We misplaced many balls when constructing and on the counter-attack.

“They rating and it makes it a harder situation for us. The second half, they begin higher than us however we begin to develop into the sport and we’d like a objective to raise the group. After we rating, the sport turns into much more emotional.

“The gamers gave every thing but it surely was not sufficient. We weren’t ruthless sufficient and Liverpool are within the ultimate.”

Liverpool’s win in stats

  • Liverpool have certified for his or her 14th League Cup ultimate, 4 greater than every other facet. It’s the third time they’ve finished so beneath Jurgen Klopp, with solely Bob Paisley doing so extra usually as Reds boss.
  • Within the 2023-24 League Cup, Liverpool and Chelsea are set to contest a home cup ultimate for a 3rd time within the final three seasons – they confronted in each the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 2021-22, with each video games ending 0-0 and received on penalties by Liverpool.
  • Luis Diaz scored his seventh objective of the season in all competitions for Liverpool, making 2023-24 now his greatest scoring season for the Reds. He has extra away objectives this season (5) than he managed in his earlier two seasons mixed (4).
  • Liverpool have now eradicated Fulham in all six of their League Cup ties. In League Cup historical past, the one situations of 1 crew knocking one other out extra usually is Walsall vs Shrewsbury (7) and Liverpool vs Arsenal (7).
  • Liverpool have scored 13 objectives within the League Cup this season – on the final 4 events they’ve netted that many in a season, they’ve received the trophy: 16 in 1994-95, 20 in 2000-01, 13 in 2002-03 and 14 in 2011-12.

What’s subsequent?

Fulham flip their consideration to the FA Cup fourth spherical dwelling tie with Newcastle on Saturday night time, kick-off at 7pm.

Marco Silva’s facet are then again in Premier League motion with a house sport in opposition to Everton on January 30, kick-off at 7.30pm.

Liverpool are additionally in FA Cup fourth spherical motion with a house sport in opposition to Norwich on Sunday, kick-off at 2.30pm.

The Reds then return to Premier League motion with a house sport in opposition to Chelsea on Janaury 31, kick-off at 8.15pm.