Eden Hazard scored a superb winner as Chelsea came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
The Reds’ seven-match winning start to the season was halted after substitute Hazard fired past Simon Mignolet in the 85th minute at the end of a wonderful run.
Hazard’s goal came six minutes minutes after he helped create Emerson Palmieri’s equaliser, which cancelled out Daniel Sturridge’s 58th-minute opener.
The first of two meetings between the clubs this week, with a Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge to come on Saturday, saw Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Blues counterpart Maurizio Sarri both make eight changes to their starting line-ups.
Hello, and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Liverpool vs Chelsea in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
We’ll keep you up to date with the team news and match action as it happens
Klopp wants Liverpool to take EFL Cup seriously, despite making 8 changes to the team that beat Southampton at the weekend
Some head to head facts for you now:
This is the 57th meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea since the year 2000 making it the most played fixture in English football in that time.
Chelsea have won 5 of the last 14 games against Liverpool, drawing 7 and only losing 2.
This is the eighth League Cup meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea and the first at the third-round stage since November 2000, where Liverpool won 2-1.
Gary Cahill makes his first start for Chelsea this season but he’s not happy with his lack of game time.
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola says it is “understandable” Cahill is “upset”.
Zola said “It is totally understandable Gary is upset and we want him to be upset. It means he cares,
“He has been a top professional; he is doing everything correctly.”
We’re under 10 minutes away form kick off, both teams have rung the changes and put out ‘“weaker” than normal sides so it should be an interesting contest.
Liverpool have won all their games in the Premier League this season and Chelsea are alos unbeaten, their only dropped points coming against West Ham at the weekend.
How will those starts influence this match and who’s your money on?
3 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Moses wins a corner against Moreno. It’s delivered by Willian and Christensen heads it into the safe hands of Mignolet
5 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Mignolet hits the ball long and Sturridge wins it with a header to Keita, who taps it forward and shoots but Caballero makes no mistakes and catches the ball easily.
7 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Moses continues to cause problems for Liverpool’s defence, this time he wins a free kick and Emerson and Willian stand over the ball.
7 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Willian takes it and smashes the ball over the top of the goal!
10 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Keita tries to feed Shaqiri into the box, he finds his man and Shaqiri makes a great turn to fool Christensen but Cahill covers and blocks the shot.
13 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Chelsea look comfortable on the ball when they go forward, Willian plays a one-two with Morata and takes a shot when he gets the ball back. He doesn’t connect cleanly and Mignolet collects
17 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Liverpool are finding it difficult to win back the ball, they’re content to slowly put passes together and wait for an opening. Fabregas makes one, deftly putting the ball into the box for Morata to run on to but Mignolet is aware of the danger and he makes the save
19 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Morata gets another chance on goal, Willian puts the ball through the defence and Morata takes a cross goal shot that Mignolet save again.
28 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Azpilicueta elbows Mane as they clash going for the ball. It’s nothing malicious, just a trailing arm and the referee tells Mane to play on
31 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Moreno is in the wars against Victor Moses, it’s a really good battle between the two of them. Liverpool work the ball up the pitch, Keita giving it to Sturridge before getting it back. He goes down in the box as Cahill withdraws his leg and the ref waves play on. Good decision.
What time does it start?
Liverpool vs Chelsea kicks off at 19:45 on Wednesday 26th September.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 19:00. Highlights will first be shown on Sky Sports Football at 00:15 and again at 08:00 the following morning.
It’s a big game for…
Gary Cahill: After announcing his intentions to leave Chelsea in January, the 33-year-old was finally thrust into action on the weekend when Antonio Rudiger picked up a knock against West Ham. Whether it’s to try and transform Maurizio Sarri’s opinion or attract suitors elsewhere, it’s an important start for the club’s former captain.
Weird /best stat…
The last six times Liverpool and Chelsea have been drawn against one another in the Carabao Cup, the winner has gone on to the final.
The two teams most recently met in the third round of the competition in November, 2000, when Robbie Fowler’s extra-time winner ended a 10-month goal drought and secured a 2-1 victory for the home side.
Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0, Premier League, May 2018
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1, Premier League, November 2017
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1, Premier League, January 2017
Liverpool to win: 7/5
Chelsea to win: 19/10