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Peter Crouch predicts who’s going to win the Carabao Cup… Liverpool or Chelsea

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With under a month to go before Liverpool take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, the predictions are now starting to roll in.

The Reds qualified for the Wembley final by way of a 3-2 aggregate win over Fulham, completed relatively comfortably on Wednesday.

Chelsea made even lighter work of their own semi-final, pummelling Middlesbrough 6-1 at Stamford Bridge a day earlier. As a result, it’s a rematch of the dull 2022 final.

Liverpool ended up victorious on that day after winning a penalty shootout in which all 22 players took a spot-kick. And speaking to TalkSPORT yesterday, former Reds striker Peter Crouch has backed his old team to down Chelsea again.

“From Liverpool’s point of view, the Chelsea game shouldn’t hold any fear for them whatsoever,” says Crouch. “I’ve watched a lot of Chelsea this season and been highly disappointed. It’s not the Liverpool Chelsea game certainly from when I was playing in those games, they were a much better side than us at that time.

“At the moment they’re in a transitional period and Liverpool are the far better side. So, I think they’ll come through that comfortably.”

Crouch backs Liverpool cup win

Whereas two years ago it was really anyone’s game, Liverpool should be clear favourites to win the first trophy of the season next month.

Not only are the Reds currently top of the pile in the Premier League, but they’re a full eight places ahead of Chelsea.

Of course, that kind of thing tends to go out of the window in a cup final, though. It should also be said that given the quality in their squad, the Blues are currently underachieving massively.

Despite their lowly position of this season and last, Liverpool have failed to beat them in each of the past three games.

If you count the two cup finals in 2022 as draws, then each of the last seven matches between the two teams has been a stalemate. The Reds haven’t beaten Chelsea in 90 minutes since September 2020. That’s incredible.

Hopefully, that duck will be broken on February 25th. We can’t sit through another painful, goalless 180 minutes at Wembley.

Whether Jurgen Klopp looks at those two games for inspiration at all is perhaps unlikely. Somewhat unbelievably, only three of the 15 Chelsea players who featured that day remain at the club. With Mauricio Pochettino not Thomas Tuchel in the dugout, it’s a whole new team.

As Crouch says, it’s not a team that’s doing all that well now, though. Liverpool will of course be wary of this tag, but they’re the favourites no doubt.

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