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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest score, team news and updates as Chelsea take on Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final.

Will history repeat itself?

Just two years ago, these teams faced off in the Carabao Cup final.

In what you could call a quirk, they also both reached the FA Cup final that season, with Liverpool winning on penalties in both occasions.

In terms of the Carabao Cup though, a competitive 0-0 draw was followed by an epic penalty shootout, with Chelsea keeper Kepa – who has his own chequered relationship with this competition – blazing a decisive penalty over the bar, with the Reds winning 11-10 on spot kicks.

You can relive that dramatic final below (although you perhaps might want to give it a miss if you’re of the Chelsea persuasion!)

Carabao Cup final ‘like World Cup final’ for Pochettino

Speaking of Mauricio Pochettino’s trophy drought, Mail Sport’s CHRIS SUTTON couldn’t emphasize how important he felt this game was for the Argentine.

Speaking on Mail Sport’s It’s All Kicking Off podcast, the former Premier League winner claimed it was ‘like a World Cup final’ for the Chelsea boss.

He also insisted that despite Liverpool being major favourites for the clash, he believes it is a ’50-50 game’.

You can read his full thoughts below…

Pochettino looks to break trophy drought

Given how highly Mauricio Pochettino is regarded in management, it is often quite a surprise when you remind yourself he’s yet to win a trophy in English football.

The Argentine was close twice during his five-year spell at Tottenham, with Spurs coming runners-up in the League Cup in 2014-15, ironically losing to Chelsea, while they also lost the 2018-19 Champions League final to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

He did win Ligue 1 and the French Cup at PSG, but that is seen as a given for the Parisiens.

Pochettino will be desperate to get that monkey off his back today!

File photo dated 12-02-2024 of Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino. Familiar foes Liverpool and Chelsea to renew rivalry in Carabao Cup final, The two teams have met 17 times since September 2018 and, on the three occasions those have been finals, each one has gone to penalties, with Liverpool victorious in all three.  Issue date: Wednesday February 21, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Final Overview. Photo credit should read John Walton/PA Wire.

A catch-up with a Chelsea legend

Pat Nevin earned legendary status at Chelsea after playing 193 times for the club between 1983 to 1988.

He managed to lift two trophies while with the Blues – the Second Division and Full Members’ Cup – in the days before they were backed by billionaires.

But he seems pretty optimistic for this afternoon and felt Chelsea were actually ahead of where they should be at this stage of the Pochettino project.

You can hear his full thoughts below…

Atmosphere building

There are few walks as a fan quite as exciting as the stroll up Wembley Way and towards the iconic stadium ahead of watching your team in a final.

We’re still two hours away from kick off, but supporters are already making their way into the ground and the atmosphere is building.

It promises to be an enthralling game.

A Liverpool fan on Wembley Way before the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday February 25, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
General view of fans walking on Wembley Way before the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday February 25, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Who has the more decorated squad?

There will be plenty of talent on show today on the Wembley pitch, given these two teams are giants off English football.

Several stars are likely to miss out through injury (more on that later), but both teams are coached by two top-class managers.

But, how do the players compare when it comes to silverware and experience?

Mail Sport’s TUM BALOGUN takes a look…

A huge afternoon in store

What a scintilating match-up we have on our hands today as Liverpool and Chelsea battle it out for the first trophy of the season.

The Reds are looking to get the long farewell to Jurgen Klopp off to the best possible start ahead of his departure in the summer.

They are enjoying a fine campaign and also remain in the running for the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have had a mixed and chaotic campaign, but recent games suggest they’re starting to turn the corner.

While victory today wouldn’t justify the £1billion transfer spend since Todd Boehly took over the club in May 2022, it feels like it could be a pivotal moment in Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at the club.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kieran McManus/Shutterstock (14355229k) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp walks around the pitch prior to kick off Chelsea v Liverpool, EFL Carabao Cup Final, Football, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 25 Feb 2024
File photo dated 30-12-2023 of manager Mauricio Pochettino, who believes Chelsea's 3-1 win against Aston Villa can be a springboard for his side to revive their ailing campaign. Issue date: Friday February 9, 2024. Issue date: Friday February 23, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read John Walton/PA Wire.

The calm before the storm

Good Afternoon

And welcome to Mail Sport’s live coverage of the Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool.

Stay with us throughout the afternoon for all the build-up, team news and live updates from the showpiece event at Wembley.

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