Manchester United vs Liverpool - League Cup Final 2023 Live Coverage
Welcome to our Live Coverage of the 2023 League Cup Final, between Manchester United and Liverpool. The two rivals will face off to decide who takes home the first piece of silverware this year.
- The two lineups are set to be announced in the coming half an hour, first let’s take a look at the two teams road to the final.
United kicked off the League Cup with a 4-3 penalty win over Championship side Burnley. It was a battle of the two defenses in the ninety, with neither side able to break each other down. United came out superior in the spot kicks to confirm their place in the next round.
In the fourth round, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side played Tottenham Hotspur, taking home a 3-1 victory. Goals from Lucas Torreira, Ousmane Dembélé and youngster Amine Gouiri allowed them safe passage to the quarter finals.
Watford were once again no match for United, as Jadon Sancho, who cost the Red Devils £90,000,000 last summer opened the scoring with Ricardo Pereira and Dani Olmo also getting on the scoreboard.
In the shortened one leg semi final, Manchester United beat Leicester, two goals to nothing, with Ousmane Dembélé and Federico Chiesa getting the goals. Dembélé, United's top scorer in this competition, is of course out injured today following his cruciate ligament injury suffered in that semi-final.
Luke Hendricks began his English domestic cup run with a game against Wigan Athletic who are second in the Championship. Goals from French winger Florian Thauvin, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and youngster Ryan Fraser saw a convincing win.
The fourth round was less than convincing though, with Liverpool needing a late winner against a tough Bournemouth side. Alphonso Davies and Harry Wilson were the scorers, and Liverpool continued despite the worry that Bournemouth imposed on the league leaders..
The first away trip of the competition saw Liverpool face Chelsea in what was billed as a fascinating game between two of the country's brightest young managers. It was Luke Hendricks who got one over Frank Lampard though with a cruising three goal win, with Mohamed Salah scoring a brace and Kristoffer Ajer scoring an own goal to give Liverpool the lead.
The semi-final was another hotly anticipated affair, with both sides going full strength. Erling Haaland gave his side the lead, before Joe Gomez own goal gave Arsenal an equaliser two minutes later. The flood gates then opened though, with another Mohamed Salah brace whilst Paulo Dybala got in on the action. Arsenal scored late on, but Liverpool comfortably through to the final.
- The lineups have been announced, with both teams seemingly going full strength for the final. Let’s take a closer look.
Firstly, a look at the Manchester United side today. David De Gea (Captain) leads his side from between the sticks as usual. In front of the Spanish keeper, Victor Lindelöf starts at right back, with the surprise exclusion of usual starter, Ricardo Pereira. Jonathan Tah, Harry Maguire and Raphaël Guerreiro make up the rest of the defensive line.
Moving forward, Lucas Torreira and Exequiel Palacios start in the center of the midfield. Both were signed last summer, for £82,000,000 and £11,500,000 respectively, the pair have formed a strong partnership since then with the manager keeping faith despite the winter arrival of Marco Verratti.
Attacking trio, Frederico Chiesa, Dani Olmo and Jadon Sancho, will be the creative force for United today. Sancho, who only joined the club in a £90,000,000 move from Dortmund two summers ago, is being strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid at the moment. His fifteen goals and six assists, in thirty-one games in all competitions, shows the youngsters talent.
Amine Gouiri, another huge signing last season (£72,000,000) will start as Uniteds, striker. The French twenty-three year old will be looking to add to his eight goals in his last ten games. All in all this season, Gouri has a total of eighteen goals in just twenty-five matches, a phenomenal record.
On the bench, Maarten Vandevoordt will backup his captain as the second choice goalkeeper. Youth graduate, Sam McConville, who made his debut for Manchester United this season, will be a right-back option off the bench. Suso, Mason Greenwood, Felipe Anderson, Phil Jones and Vito are the other options for Ole. Vito, a £26,500,000 winter signing, could make his Manchester United debut today, after the eighteen year old moved from Brazilian side Palmeiras.
Liverpool line up in what has become a very familiar fashion over this season since Luke Hendricks took control back in July. Brazilain World Cup winner, Alisson starts in goal for Liverpool. The talented keeper has kept an astonishing twenty-three clean sheets in all competitions already this season.
A backline of Trent Alexander-Arnold (Captain) Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson has long been considered Liverpool's ideal back four, before Luke even arrived at the club. With the two creative fullbacks, Liverpool are known to give them freedom to go forward in the knowledge that the two center-backs are likely to sweep up any danger.
Naby Keita, who has seen a resurgence in his career under Luke Hendricks, having played fifteen games in all competitions last year, he has seen thirty-two games already this season. He starts in midfield with youngster Leonidas, a player who has impressed everyone this season since his summer move.
Ahead of them is club top scorer, Mohamed Salah and another impressive summer signing, Alphonso Davies who take up the flanks. In between them is Paulo Dybala, a man many have suggested is what makes the team click. In his thirty-three games in all competitions this season, he has scored twelve and assisted fourteen, he is likely to be the key man today for Liverpool.
Starting up front, Erling Haaland, another man who has seen a much larger role under Luke Hendricks. Haaland started just eight games in all competitions last season under Jurgen Klopp. This season, the Norweigan starlet has featured in twenty-seven games, with twenty-six of those being starts. That faith has been repaid, with the youngster scoring seventeen goals already this season.
On the bench for Liverpool today, Loris Karius will be Alisson’s backup once again. Summer signing, Armel Bella-Kotchap and Ben Chilwell make up the defensive options off the bench. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum give Liverpool a lot of experience, with Memphis Depay and Roberto Firmino only adding to that. Firmino has seen his gametime suffer this year since Haaland’s breakthrough with the World Cup winner, and goalscorer, making just eleven starts in all competitions. With worries over the strikers game time, Juventus are said to be weighing up a move.
- With just five minutes until kick off, let's get the thoughts of one of the only former Liverpool and Manchester United players, Michael Owen.
“Both sides look evenly matched on paper. Liverpool have been brilliant all season and since losing that Chelsea game they have gone on another seven game winning run. Manchester United have a great side too and sit third in the Premier League. I think we can expect a fascinating contest with it going down to penalties following a 2-2 draw.”
15:00 - Kick Off
We are underway. The 2023 League Cup final has begun as Liverpool get us going.
15:10 - Chance
Ten minutes in here and our first bit of action. Some nice movement for Manchester United sees Jadon Sancho play through Amine Gouri. The French striker should do much better but he puts the ball just wide.
15:25 - GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 - Salah (25’)
An Andrew Robertson cross finds Mohamed Salah at the far post. The Egyptian star heads it back to the center of the box for Paulo Dybala who then finds Salah once more. Salah, just onside, takes a touch and clatters it into the back of the net. Liverpool take the lead in the cup final.
15:42 - Chance
Erling Haaland misses a golden opportunity from six yards out to double his side's advantage. Captain Trent Alexander-Arnold, finds Mohamed Salah with a pinpoint ball over the top of the Manchester United defense. Salah on the right flank then whips in a great cross, and Harry Maguire does just enough to distract Haaland from heading home. The Norweigan striker puts it just over the bar but should be doing much better as we are about to head in for the break.
15:46 - Halftime
As the halftime whistle sounds, Liverpool take a slight one goal lead into the break through Mohamed Salah. Michael Owen has his thoughts on the first half.
16:00 - Second Half Kickoff
“It's been a good game so far. Plenty of action with both sides looking to attack. United should have taken the lead with that Gouri chance, but Liverpool made them pay. I wonder if Haalands miss a few minutes ago will be as costly. So far so good and I am excited for the second half.”
Manchester United start the second forty-five, will they be able to peg Liverpool back or is Luke Hendricks set for his first trophy in English football.
16:18 - Chance
Liverpool are moving the ball around wonderfully here so far in the second half and Leonidas picks out Mohamed Salah with a great pass. The only scorer of the day so far, cuts inside and takes aim to double his and his sides account but a great block from Raphaël Guerreiro stops him from doing so. Still Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool.
16:23 - Chance
Another chance for Liverpool there. Mohamed Salah, who is once again proving the danger man, cuts inside onto his famous left boot and strikes the ball straight at David De Gea for a comfortable save. Are Liverpool going to regret not taking these chances?
16:30 - GOAL - Manchester United 1-1 - Mason Greenwood (75’)
Manchester United have equalised through substitute Mason Greenwood. A Liverpool freekick was headed clear from Harry Maguire, with Raphaël Guerreiro the first to react to the loose ball. His pass forward found Gouri, who played a ball along the floor to Greenwood. The England international made no mistake and comfortably put the ball away. Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool.
16:46 - GOOOOAL - Liverpool 2-1 - Memphis Depay (90+1’)
It couldn’t have been written any better if you are a Liverpool fan. The former Manchester United player, scores against his former team to almost certainly hand Liverpool the cup. In an almost replica of Mason Greenwoods goal, a freekick into the box is headed clear, with Virgil van Dijk this time picking up the scraps. The Dutch captain strides forward, before playing a pass into the box at the feet of Roberto Firmino. Firmino, who recently came off the bench finds another of the substitutes, Memphis Depay, who slides the ball into the far right hand corner. Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool.
16:50 - Full-Time - Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool are the 2023 League Cup winners thanks to a 91st minute Memphis Depay goal. Congratulations to Luke Hendricks and his team.
- Lets now hear from the victorious Liverpool manager Luke Hendricks.
“I thought we were very deserving of the win and I couldn’t be happier with the lads performance. It feels great to have won the trophy, and we can’t forget that this is only because of the hard graft a lot of the younger and more fringe players put in earlier on in the competition. As much as I am pleased with this win, we know that we have some massive games coming up soon and there's very little time to celebrate. With our Europa League second knockout round game against Celtic on Thursday, we will have tonight to celebrate before focusing back on what is important, winning football games. We can properly celebrate come the end of the season and hopefully have a couple more trophies along with this one.”
- That is all we have time for today, thank you for joining our coverage of the 2023 League Cup Final.
Agreed, those games in hand are going to be vital in a possible title win or missing out. In regards to Fernandez, certainly not. He will be our modern day Peter Crouch I imagine.
Brewster was someone I was very excited to see when I (Luke) joined Liverpool, but he just hadn't got any chances and was on a contract that was expiring that summer. So 4.5mil seemed to be a good deal for someone who realistically was never making the squad.
I think Luke has shown he will be sticking to his principles, that may well let him down, but so far it has been working. Neves was certainly tempting, but not fitting the bargain mode Luke likes.
It was certainly the perfect response, with this league cup final win only helping that. As I said to James, the guy just hadn't got his chance and had barely developed. His contract was running out in the summer so rather cash in than lose on a free.