helsea and Liverpool face off at Wembley on Sunday afternoon in the Carabao Cup final as the tournaments get a new winner for the first time in a number of seasons.
Manchester United in 2017 were the last team other than Manchester City to lift the trophy, but Pep Guardiola’s side were knocked out by West Ham in the fourth round.
Chelsea will be looking to add more silverware to the trophy cabinet, after winning the Club World Cup in Dubai earlier this month, while Jurgen Klopp is looking to win the tournament for the first time.
The Reds reached the final under the German back in 2016, but were beaten on penalties by City.
While Liverpool still find themselves very much in the Premier League title race, Chelsea’s focus may increasingly turn to the cup competitions as they look to add to the silverware already won under Thomas Tuchel.
Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s final…
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 4.30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, February 27, 2022.
Wembley Stadium in London will host the match.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Liverpool
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports football, with coverage beginning at 3.30pm.
Live stream: Sky Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
Chelsea vs Liverpool team news
Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech were both withdrawn against Lille with injuries, so are doubts for the final.
Mason Mount was an unused substitute in that match as he continues his comeback, and will hope to prove his fitness in time.
Tuchel will hope to have Calum Hudson-Odoi back, but he did not train in the build-up to the Lille match, while Reece James and Ben Chilwell continue to be absent.
For Liverpool, Diogo Jota (ankle) and Roberto Firmino (muscle) are both facing a race to be fit for Sunday’s match, as they try and recover from injuries picked up against Inter Milan.
“The final, we will see,” Klopp said in the build-up to the Leeds match when asked about the pair’s fitness.
“I really don’t know in the moment. It would be easier to say ‘no’ now, but we will see. They are [pushing], but they were not on the pitch for training, so that’s not a good sign.
“We have to see what we can do with the boys in the next few days, then we make a decision later in the week.”
Chelsea vs Liverpool prediction
The last two matches between these sides have finished level, and all that comes with a cup final would suggest another tight affair.
Liverpool continue to be in fine goalscoring form, but Chelsea have shown in recent months that they are capable of lifting themselves for the biggest occasions.
Tuchel’s side certainly can’t be written off as they look to continue their run of silverware, but it’s the Reds who are favoured to edge the Wembley affair.
Liverpool to win, 2-1.
to head (h2h) history and results
Chelsea wins: 65
Liverpool wins: 82