Virgil van Dijk watches Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Chelsea keeper failed to motivate him in Liverpool’s penalty shootout victory in the Carabao Cup final


The Carabao Cup final will go down in history as the most entertaining 0-0 draw ever.

Although the match between Chelsea and Liverpool lasted 120 minutes without a goal, football fans were enthralled by the showpiece event at Wembley Stadium as we witnessed plenty of drama and controversy.

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Virgil van Dijk watches Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Chelsea keeper failed to motivate him in Liverpool's penalty shootout victory in the Carabao Cup final
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Whether it was Edouard Mendy’s superb double save, Naby Keita’s poor challenge on Trevoh Chalobah which could have seen him sent off or Romelu Lukaku’s disallowed goal after VAR ruled him offside, there was plenty to ‘excitation; but that was nothing compared to what followed in the penalty shootout.

Penalties are often an anti-climactic way to end such an occasion, but this one was different as Liverpool came away 11-10 winners from the spot.

Thomas Tuchel made the decision to replace Mendy with Kepa Arrizabalaga for the shootout due to his impressive 12-yard record, as well as his ability to gain the mental advantage over the taker by sharing off-putting words when the striker puts the ball on the spot.

The Spaniard gave his best as he tried to topple Liverpool takers, including Reds talisman Virgil van Dijk, standing further to his left.

The towering defender is one of the most determined yet calm professionals in world football and it showed with his spot-kick at Wembley.

Virgil van Dijk watches Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Chelsea keeper failed to motivate him in Liverpool's penalty shootout victory in the Carabao Cup final
Kepa was doing his best to distract Liverpool players during the shootout
Virgil van Dijk watches Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Chelsea keeper failed to motivate him in Liverpool's penalty shootout victory in the Carabao Cup final
Virgil van Dijk glares at Kepa after refusing to be put off by goalkeeper’s antics


Staying focused, Can Dijk fired the ball into the top corner for Kepa’s side to secure Liverpool’s third penalty in the shoot-out.

As he walked away, the Dutchman glared at Kepa as he walked back towards the halfway line to join his delighted teammates.

Perhaps being stared at by Van Dijk was the difference as the Chelsea keeper conceded 11 from 11 kicks at Wembley Stadium.

Such was the crazy nature of the shootout, it was Kepa who was tasked with taking the finishing kick as he looked to level the scores after Caoimhin Kelleher struck home for the Reds.

Virgil van Dijk watches Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Chelsea keeper failed to motivate him in Liverpool's penalty shootout victory in the Carabao Cup final
Liverpool celebrated in style after watching Kepa send his penalty over the bar

Unfortunately for the Spaniard, he got his penalty wrong as he fired high over the crossbar and into the stand behind the goal where Liverpool fans were celebrating their Carabao Cup victory.

One fan ended up happier than most after catching Kepa’s wayward penalty and driving the ball home as a souvenir of his big day at Wembley.

Virgil van Dijk watches Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Chelsea keeper failed to motivate him in Liverpool's penalty shootout victory in the Carabao Cup final
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A lucky Liverpool fan has a priceless memory of his day at Wembley after grabbing the ball after Kepa’s miss[/caption]


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