Liverpool Player Report After Beating Chelsea in Carabao Cup Final: Solid Defensive, Sluggish Attacking Line

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Liverpool silenced Chelsea in the 2021/2022 Carabao Cup final, Monday (28/2/2022) early morning WIB. The Reds back row appeared solid, while the attack line played sluggish.

Undergoing the top party at Wembley Stadium, Liverpool immediately took the initiative to attack since the ball was rolled out. Based on statistics on ESPN, the Reds have 55 percent possession, compared to 45 percent for Chelsea .

Liverpool also had 20 shots, six of which were on goal. On the other hand, the London Blue Team got four good chances from 11 occasions.

Despite playing pressing, Liverpool have difficulty scoring goals, as well as Chelsea. Until normal time and extra time ended, the glasses score remained.

This situation makes the determination of the winner must be done through a penalty shootout. In the high-fives round, Liverpool finally came out as winners with a score of 11-10.

The only Chelsea kicker who failed to do his job well was Kepa Arrizabalaga. On the other hand, all the executioners of the Reds managed to break into the Blue London Team’s goal.

The following is a report card for Liverpool players after silencing Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final this season.

back line:
Caoimhin Kelleher – 8

Consistent throughout the game.

Kelleher completed his slick performance by becoming Liverpool ‘s winner in the penalty shootout.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8

Alexander-Arnold played well on the right side of the Liverpool defense by making four clearences, three interceptions and two tackles.

Apart from that, Alexander-Arnold has also repeatedly been able to push up to the Chelsea defense line to release dangerous crossings.

Joel Matip – 7

Matip played quite well at the back with two clearences. He also won four field duels and three aerial duels.

Matip almost became the hero of Liverpool’s victory when he scored in the second half. Unfortunately, the goal was scored by VAR.

Virgil van Dijk – 8

Van Dijk has become a strong fortress in Liverpool’s defense. The Dutch defender recorded six clearences and won eight aerial duels.

Van Dijk also recorded a pass accuracy of up to 89 percent and sent six accurate long passes for his partner.

Andy Robertson – 7

Robertson was very active in assisting Liverpool’s attack with three accurate crosses and providing one key pass.

In addition, Robertson also recorded two clearences and scored a goal in the penalty shootout.

Midfield:
Jordan Henderson – 6

Henderson has repeatedly failed to keep pace with Chelsea’s midfielders. As a result, the dominance of the game was practically owned by the Blues.

Not only that, Henderson also failed to be an effective ball divider. He only recorded a pass accuracy of 71 percent and was finally replaced in the second half.

Fabinho – 6.5

Fabinho’s performance was slightly better than Henderson. He recorded a pass accuracy of up to 93 percent and released six accurate long passes.

However, Fabinho is also the cause of Liverpool losing dominance in midfield than Chelsea midfielders.

Naby Keita – 6

Keita was included in the starting eleven in the closing seconds following the injury to Thiago Alcantara. Keita also had time to create opportunities through long-range shots.

The rest, Keita can be said to play standard. He was withdrawn in the 80th minute.

Front line:
Mohamed Salah – 6

Salah was unable to show his best performance. Being Liverpool’s goal machine, Salah failed to take advantage of a golden opportunity to become a goal.

However, Salah’s energy seems endless and he consistently poses a threat to the Chelsea defense.

Sadio Mane – 6.5

Mane got a number of golden opportunities in the first half. However, he failed to finish it into a goal.

Didn’t develop enough in the second half until he was sent off in the 80th minute.

Luis Diaz – 6.5

Luis Diaz often gets the opportunity to dismantle Chelsea’s defense from the left.

However, Diaz’s movement is arguably still not effective in this match.

Substitute:
Harvey Elliott – 6

Entered since the 80th minute, Elliott did not bring significant changes to Liverpool’s style of play.

Elliott scored a goal in the penalty shootout and brought his team to victory.

Diogo Jota – 6

Just like Elliott, Jota also did not bring significant changes to Liverpool’s game.

Jota scored a goal in the penalty shootout.

James Milner – 6.5

The entry of Milner made Liverpool’s midfield slightly improved, and managed to match the performance of the Chelsea midfielder.

Became a leader after Jordan Henderson’s exit.

Ibrahima Konate – 6

Konate played quite well in extra time and scored a goal in the penalty shootout.

Divock Origi – 6

There wasn’t much Origi could do in extra time. However, he managed to score a goal in the penalty shootout.