Carabao Cup Final player ratings

Carabao Cup Final player ratings

Liverpool showed amazing team spirit yesterday to overcome Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final.  But which players proved their worth, and who was our Man of the Match?

Every Liverpool player was a hero yesterday at Wembley, but some had better games than others. Read our player ratings below, then leave us a comment if you agree or disagree.

Caoimhin Kelleher -9.5/10
The young keeper had his best game in a Liverpool shirt yesterday - even better than the 2022 Final.  Kelleher produced several world-class saves to deny Chelsea, with the first-half save from Cole Palmer simply outrageous.  Kelleher trains alongside the world's best keeper in Alisson every day, and you can certainly see the same traits in our no.2.

Conor Bradley - 8/10
Bradley once again showed why Liverpool fans are so excited about the young right-back.  Starting at right-back Bradley looked calm and confident before Gravenberch's injury forced him to be moved into midfield.  It took the youngster a few minutes to adjust to his new position, but he did not look out of place against Fernandez and Caicedo.  Taking off near the end, but will play against Southampton on Wednesday.

Ibrahima Konate - 8/10
Konate looked strong and sharp throughout.  Used his strength and pace to outmuscle the Chelsea attackers and recover on the odd occasion he was caught out of position.  Taken off near the end after collecting a yellow card, but can be very happy with his display at Wembley

Virgil Van Dijk - 10/10 - Man of the Match
What can you say about Virgil Van Dijk?  Our Captain was simply fantastic from start to finish, marshalling the defence, encouraging his teammates, and driving Liverpool forward at every opportunity.  It was fitting that Van Dijk scored the winning goal, in what will be remembered as the 'Van Dijk Final'.

Andy Robertson - 8/10
Robertson has looked impressive since his return from injury, and once again gave a solid performance yesterday.  Defended well and looked to get forward at every opportunity.

Wataru Endo - 9.5/10
On any other day, Endo would have been our man of the match.  He covered every blade of grass on the Wembley pitch, had Fernandez and Caicedo in his pocket, and lasted the entire 120 minutes.  Endo is quickly becoming one of the first names on the team sheet, and Klopp will be hoping the Japanese midfielder has not picked up a serious injury.

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Alexis Mac Allister - 9/10
Mac Allister proved once again that he is a much better player than Enzo Fernandez, and has to be in the running for best transfer of the summer.  Worked tirelessly for 87 minutes and didn't put a foot wrong.

Ryan Gravenberch - 7/10
Gravenberch began the game slowly, then saw his Final cruelly ended by a horror tackle by Moises Caicedo.  Will have better days in a red shirt but the experience will stand him in good stead for future challenges.

Harvey Elliott - 8/10
We were pleased that Elliott got to start this Final after his excellent displays this season. The young attacker had a few quiet spells during the game, but Klopp trusted him to stay on the field for the full 120 minutes, which speaks volumes.  Nearly won the match in extra time.

Cody Gakpo - 7/10
Gakpo looked a little off the pace at Wembley, but the experience of playing in important games such as this will help the youngster develop.  He has scored 11 goals already this season and Klopp will need Gakpo over the coming weeks if Liverpool are to keep winning.

Luis Diaz - 8/10
It wasn't Diaz's best performance in a Liverpool shirt, but you can't fault his desire or determination.  Ran the Chelsea defense whenever he got the chance, and played the full 120 minutes, despite looking exhausted.  As Liverpool's only fit senior striker, he will need to do it all again in the coming days.

Bobby Clark - 8/10
Whisper it quietly, but Liverpool might have another gem on their hands in 19-year-old Bobby Clark.  The midfielder was not fazed at all by the occasion, winning tackles, making passes, and driving his team forward whenever he could.

Joe Gomez - 8/10
Gomez could feel a bit hard done by not starting the Final after his excellent work in recent weeks, but he played a significant part after the injury to Gravenberch.  As always, Gomez was calm and composed, defending well and venturing forward whenever he got the chance.

Kostas Tsimikas - 8/10
Another player that produces whenever he is called upon.  Tsimikas defends well, likes to attack, and took the corner from which Van Dijk scored.

Jayden Danns - 7/10
Danns has been scoring for fun in the academy teams and nearly wrote his name into Liverpool folklore with a dipping header that Chelsea keeper Petrovic had to push over the bar.  A great experience for the young striker.

James McConnell - 7/10
Like Clark, McConnell showed no sign of nerves when called upon to play, growing into the game the longer extra time went on.  Will get more minutes in the coming weeks, possibly starting against Southampton on Wednesday.

Jarell Quansah - 7/10
Brought on the for second half of extra time.  Looked confident with the ball at his feet and made several important headers.  The experience of playing in the Final will help his development.

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  1. Nikki

    My MOTM was Kelleher but I am.super happy for Virgil to get it!

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