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Liverpool came out on top in a dramatic penalty shootout to edge past Chelsea at Wembley to clinch Carabao Cup glory.
Both sides were indebted to their goalkeepers in an action-packed first half, with Caoimhin Kelleher thwarting Christian Pulisic early on before Edouard Mendy pulled off a spectacular double-save to keep Chelsea on level terms.
Mohamed Salah spurned a golden chance after the break before Joel Matip saw a header chalked off by VAR.
Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz all had goals ruled out for offside with penalties looming.
In a dramatic shootout, it was Kepa Arrizabalaga who missed the decisive penalty after all 20 outfield players succeeded from the spot to hand Jurgen Klopp his first League Cup.
Daily Star Sport highlights six things you might have missed from an enthralling finale at Wembley…
Liverpool make history
The Reds arrived at Wembley on the verge of creating history – and they got the job done to clinch a record-breaking ninth League Cup triumph.
They made hard work of it though.
Chelsea had numerous chances to snatch the initiative before the game went to spot-kicks.
And Kepa's late miss ensured the Reds etched their name into the history books at Wembley in the most dramatic of fashions.
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Chelsea's Wembley woes
The Blues may have had the shorter trip for Sunday's final at Wembley, but their recent record under the arch has been a rotten one.
Chelsea had lost their last four domestic finals before their showdown with the Reds.
And unfortunately for Thomas Tuchel's men, it was more capital punishment for the Blues when it was all said and done.
The decision to send penalty specialist Kepa on backfired to leave the Londoners glum again after a trip to the national stadium.
Thiago Alcantara was pegged to start Sunday's final before disaster struck in the warm-up.
Naby Keita was drafted in at the eleventh hours after Thiago's late mishap.
It's not yet clear what the issue was that prevented Thiago from playing a part against the Blues.
However, the Reds playmaker was later captured by the cameras looking distraught on the bench – suggesting that he could fear an extended spell on the sidelines.
Kelleher's solid start
Much was made of Klopp's decision to reward Kelleher for his performances in the Carabao Cup this term with a start in the final.
The young Irishman has caught the eye during the Reds run to Wembley, but shunning the Reds usual first-choice stopper, Alisson, was a bold call.
It only took Kelleher a few minutes to vindicate that decision.
Kelleher stood firm to deny Pulisic from point-blank range after just six minutes to keep the scores level in the wake of Chelsea's rapid start.
That set tone for a memorable afternoon for Kelleher – who went on to bag the winning penalty.
Havertz's trend bucked
Although Havertz has failed to set Stamford Bridge alight since his £72million move from Bayer Leverkusen, he has been Chelsea's man for the big occasion.
The German star netted the winner in last May's Champions League win and kept his cool to bag the winning penalty to hand the Blues the Club World Cup title recently.
However, Havertz wasn't able to repeat his party trick at Wembley.
He did his level best to drag Chelsea to glory though, teeing up Mason Mount on a number of occasions.
But the Blues academy graduate couldn't make the most of his chances – and it cost Chelsea big time.
This was certainly a big game that lived up to the billing, and it was deserving of far more goals.
However, both sides certainly did their part when it came to finding the net.
There were no less than four goals ruled out for offside over the course of the afternoon – with Matip denied for Liverpool and Werner, Lukaku and Havertz all falling foul of the linesman's flag for the Blues.
There's no way that Sunday's showdown should have ever gone to penalties – but it was all the more entertaining for it.
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