Eden Hazard scored the winning goal at Anfield on Wednesday evening to send his side to the next round of the Carabao Cup.

Daniel Sturridge started for Liverpool against his former side and scored a fantastic goal in the 58th minute with an acrobatic overhead kick but goals from Emerson Palmieri and Eden Hazard sunk the Reds at Anfield.

Chelsea were by far the better side in the opening exchanges but had it not been for a poor VAR call on an offside on Ross Barkley and genuine world-class skill from Hazard, the Reds would be the ones in the next round of the League Cup.

For some, Hazard’s goal will not be viewed as that impressive purely due to the fact that it came about as a result of some statuesque defending but there’s no denying the pace and desire shown make it a fantastic goal to watch.

 

For Liverpool, an early exit from the League Cup might be a blessing in disguise as it means a slightly less congested fixture list and more rest between fixtures which will allow Klopp to focus on the Premier League and Champions League.

After the game, Klopp said to reporters: “I don’t think I have Liverpool glasses on my nose, but it’s offside. Not much. I don’t expect the ref to see that, but VAR can have a look. Why use it if you don’t want to make the decision?

“Of course we could have defended (second goal) better. But Hazard, full speed in the box, is not easy. We scored a similar goal a week ago (Firmino v PSG).”

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