Liverpool analysis: Jurgen Klopp’s new unstoppable banishes Moises Caicedo has regrets

Endo bans He regretted

According to liverpoolecho, Jurgen Klopp expected Moises Caicedo to affect Liverpool’s season last summer, but not this. Half an hour into this spectacular, the Chelsea midfielder stretched to make a tackle and slipped and placed a foot on Ryan Gravenberch’s left ankle, sending the Dutchman out on a stretcher as Caicedo escaped unpunished.

Liverpool’s engine room thrust fell to the remaining new midfield additions without Gravenberch or Dominik Szoboszlai. As is becoming the case, they delivered. Alexis Mac Allister, up against fellow World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez in the engine room battle, continued his good midweek performance against Luton Town with a great first half, with Liverpool constantly hounding Chelsea out of possession and on the back foot.

Every ounce of energy was used to finish his race before usual time. Wataru Endo, who is quickly becoming a squad staple, had a similar story. Only Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez made more tackles and clearances, but his first-half block on Nicolas Jackson prevented a goal. Liverpool Caicedo regrets are gone.

Kelleher rises again

No surprise Jurgen Klopp considers the League Cup Caoimhin Kelleher’s competition. After many crucial stops in regular time, Kelleher netted the winning penalty in the League Cup final shoot-out against Chelsea two years ago. Thankfully, no spot-kicks were needed. Another great Kelleher effort set up the thrilling finish that gave Liverpool another well-deserved win.

After stopping Cole Palmer from close range in the first half, the Irishman outwitted Conor Gallagher, reminiscent of Alisson Becker, before making a double save in injury time when Chelsea looked likely to score.

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Kelleher has never started four straight games before, and with Alisson sidelined until April, the 25-year-old has the chance to start longer. Irishman waited a long time for this chance. Kelleher’s dominance in other tournaments might help Liverpool add to their League Cup win this season.

No difficulty with VAR

Mauricio Pochettino’s allusion to Chelsea’s Premier League loss at Anfield last month, when the Londoners may have been given two penalties, raised eyebrows before this final.

«I want fair treatment», stated Pochettino. “When we played in Liverpool, I think we got no key decisions.”

That didn’t happen here, especially on the hour when Van Dijk’s opener was controversially ruled out after a VAR review found Endo impeded Levi Colwill by standing stationary at the free-kick from an offside position. Liverpool have struggled with controversial officiating this season. Keeping their concentration on the work at hand reveals a lot about this team’s approach.

Next Wednesday, Championship side Southampton visits for an FA Cup fifth-round match. Who Klopp can turn to will depend on the effect of this exhaustingly incredible win, but the club has rarely felt more invested in winning silverware. Everyone at Liverpool got this trophy.

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