Liverpool battled it out with Fulham in a hard-fought semi-final fixture to emerge victorious – booking a ticket to Wembley in the process.
Fulham proved tricky customers for the Reds over both legs.
Willian opening the scoring at Anfield in the first leg, before a quickfire double from Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo delighted the Anfield faithful.
Again, at Craven Cottage, it would be far from a routine affair for the Reds, with Issa Diop canceling out Luis Diaz’ goal to make it a nervy closing minutes in West London.
Nonetheless, Jurgen Klopp’s men showed their experience and quality by managing both legs and are now deservedly in the final.
In doing so, they have set up a rematch with Chelsea at Wembley Stadium, having beat the Blues in the 2021/22 EFL Cup final.
The Reds managed to hold their nerve, and they won a remarkable 10-11 penalty shoot-out.
Both sides look a lot different despite it not being that longer ago, but the London club will not still have many players that started that day.
Indeed, Chelsea will also have different manager in the dugout with Maurico Pochettino now in charge.
The Argentinian manager has had middling results in the Premier League but has now done well to get Chelsea into a cup final.
It looked like Middlesbrough may have defied all expectations by beating the Blues 1-0 in the first-leg.
However, Chelsea responded brilliantly with a resounding 6-1 win over Boro in the return leg.
Now with the cup final rapidly approaching on the 25th of February, Pochettino has revealed his feelings on facing the Reds.
What did Maurico Pochettino say about Liverpool?
The Blues boss confessed that Liverpool’s current form makes them a challenging prospect, but that he is looking forward to a ‘great’ final (via Football.London):
“Yes, I think we are going to find a very solid and consistent team.”
“Yes, they are going to be a tough opponent for us.”
“A massive challenge for us, I think it is going to be good to face Liverpool.”
“It’s going to be tough, but I think it’s going to be a great final.”
Hopefully it will be a memorable final, but one that has the same result as 2021/22’s edition.
The Reds will undoubtably be the favourites heading into the anticipated clash.
However, Chelsea have shown that they can show up for the big games.
Besides the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the opening game of the season, the Blues have beat Spurs 4-1, held Manchester City to an entertaining 4-4 stalemate, and drew 2-2 with Gunners.