Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Carabao Cup Report: Liverpool v Chelsea 26 September 2018

Carabao Cup Report: Liverpool v Chelsea 26 September 2018

Hazard's introduction was the key moment as Liverpool lost at home for the first time since January, Chelsea levelling from the winger's free-kick when Emerson touched in the rebound from Mignolet following Ross Barkley's header, with the goal surviving a long VAR review.

Hazard defeated a number of Liverpool defenders before firing an unstoppable shot beyond Simon Mignolet to earn the victory and Zola's praise.

A Liverpool back five that had, bar Joel Matip, previously not played a minute of senior football this season, struggled to settle, and Alvaro Morata nearly took advantage on 17 minutes.

Under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri, Hazard has transformed his game and taken his goalscoring ability to another level, playing with less restriction than last season, and dictating matches with an unnerving confidence.

After his first stint as Blues manager that lasted three years, Mourinho could only do two seasons in his second spell at the helm while Antonio Conte lasted in only two campaigns before being shown the door by Abramovich. The club have reached the quarter-final in the previous two seasons of this competition, and while it is early days, Pellegrini looks intent on going all the way.

Chelsea made a bright start to the Carabao Cup third-round clash at Anfield, where Alvaro Morata nearly gave them the lead.

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Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his sides defending as his Liverpool side were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea.

Fabinho will be the Reds' defensive midfielder, partnered with James Milner and Naby Keita, who has seen his minutes reduced in the past few weeks.

With Saturday's reverse fixture to come in the league on Saturday, Klopp has made wholesale changes to the side that beat Southampton on Saturday.

There was a big chance at the feet of Daniel Sturridge after a loose ball fell on his path, but he missed after rounding the goalkeeper Willy Caballero a minute after the break. They were by far the more fluent team in the first half and their midfield trio of Fabregas, Kovacic and Barkley set the tempo, but where were the goals coming from?

Watch the Liverpool forward's blunder below and decide for yourself.

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