European and English goliaths do battle when Liverpool and Chelsea go head to at Wembley Stadium in the final of the Carabao Cup.
Liverpool did the job against Arsenal in the semifinal after a 2-1 aggregate win thanks to some Diogo Jota heroics, while Chelsea booted Tottenham out with a 3-0 aggregate victory.
With the Reds embroiled in serious battle for the Premier League title, it will be intriguing to see how Jurgen Klopp lays out his cards for this contest.
Both teams arguably have bigger fish to fry than the League Cup, but egos usually get in the way of these fixtures.
Chelsea have dropped off from its fast start in the league and doubts still linger over Romelu Lukaku’s place at the club.
Lukaku has been in horrendous form during 2022 and his stoush with coach Thomas Tuchel has been well publicised.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have toiled away in the absence of Lukaku’s freakish form, but whether or not they can match the offensive output of Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane is easier said than done.
The Reds, for all their brilliant form this season across all competitions, have a three-game winless run against Chelsea.
The latest result was a 2-2 draw in the Premier League at Anfield back on January 2, so Chelsea will be confident, on a neutral deck, it can take it right up to the Liverpool again.
How Tuchel and Klopp set up in the middle of the park is going to be integral to the result.
It is going to be a gigantic battle in the heart of Wembley between the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount for Chelsea and Fabinho, Jordan Henderson.
Tipping this game will go to extra time and could very well be decided on penalties.
Prediction: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1 – Chelsea win on penalties.
Draw after 90 minutes at $3
K. Havertz first goal scorer at $10