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Liverpool deny Fulham to join Chelsea in League Cup final

Sports Desk, Jan 25 (EFE).- Liverpool booked their place in the League Cup final with a 1-1 draw against a highly-motivated Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, securing a 3-2 aggregate win in the semifinals.

It lined them up against Chelsea at Wembley on Feb. 25 in a repeat of the 2022 final, which they won on penalties.

Chelsea gained their spot in the final by overcoming Middlesbrough 6-2 on aggregate in the last four.

Jurgen Klopp’s men had a meager 2-1 lead at Anfield, and, despite taking the lead after 11 minutes thanks to Luis Diaz, they endured some nervous moments in West London after Issa Diop’s equalizer 13 minutes from time.

“Obviously we wanted to make sure we did the right things. Fulham played at home, brought the flags out and brought a good atmosphere, I think their manager said it was the biggest game of the season so far,” Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk told Sky Sports after the match.

“We had to be ready to fight and I think we started the game very well, scored a good goal, and created many chances to double the lead or triple the lead.

“But in the end, we find a way and we go to Wembley and I can’t wait to see all our fans there again,” he added.

Liverpool have won the tournament a record nine times and will make their 14th appearance in the final against Chelsea.

Two years ago, they beat the same opponents after 22 shots in a penalty shootout that ended with an error by Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. EFE

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