Liverpool vs Chelsea preview: kick-off, team news, TV channel

Liverpool vs Chelsea preview

Liverpool and Chelsea meet at Wembley in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday.  LFC - Back On Our Perch has all the pre-match info you need to enjoy the big game.

Liverpool and Chelsea contest this season's first piece of silverware on Sunday, as the teams meet in the Final of the Carabao Cup.  Liverpool has a fantastic record in the competition, having appeared in thirteen Finals and won the Trophy on nine occasions.

The Reds will be looking to add another chapter to Jurgen Klopp's legacy, as they go in search of an unprecedented quadruple in the German's final season in charge at Anfield.

Match Preview

  • Date: Sunday 25th February 2024
  • Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Competition: Carabao Cup Final
  • Referee: Chris Kavanagh
  • Assistant Referees: Mark Scholes & James Mainwaring
  • Fourth Official: Tim Robinson
  • VAR: John Brooks
  • Assistant VAR: Marc Perry

How to watch or listen to the match

The final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.  Coverage starts at 2pm on Sky Sports Main Event and 2.30pm on Sky Sports Football.

Live radio commentary will be available on TalkSport and BBC 5 Live.

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Team News

Liverpool:
The Reds are in the middle of a full-blown injury crisis, with at least nine first-team players unavailable for the game.

Goalkeeper Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, and Curtis Jones are just some of the players missing, whilst Mo Salah, Darwin Nunez, and Dominik Szoboszlai will undergo late fitness tests.

Caoimhin Kelleher will start in goal, whilst Conor Bradley will play at right-back, but there will be difficult decisions to make in midfield and up-front.

Chelsea:
Chelsea also have injury problems, with Captain Reece James ruled out, as well as Romeo Lavia, Marc Cucerella, Thiago Silva, Benoit Badioshile, and Wesley Fofana.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup

Jurgen Klopp will stick with his preferred 4-3-3 formation.

Kelleher, Bradley, Van Dijk (C), Konate, Robertson, Endo, Gravenberch, Mac Allister, Elliott, Gakpo, Diaz

The big caveat to that lineup is whether Salah, Nunez, and Szoboszlai are fit enough to start.  If they are, then Salah or Nunez should start up front in place of Elliott, whilst Szoboszlai would replace Gravenberch in midfield.  More likely, however, is that Salah, Nunez, and Szoboszlai start on the bench, ready to come on if needed.

LFC - Back On Our Perch Score Prediction

Liverpool have their injury problems, but Klopp and his players just know how to win football matches, like they did on Wednesday against Luton.  Chelsea will pose more problems than Luton, but I think Liverpool's defense is better than Chelsea's, and there aren't many teams that can stop us from scoring.  Unlike past finals between the two teams, I expect this game to be much more open, and to be decided in 90 minutes, not on penalties.

Liverpool to win 3 - 1.

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