Liverpool will face Chelsea in the League Cup final after surviving a scare in their 1-1 draw against Fulham in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday.
Holding a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, Liverpool took the lead through Luis Diaz early in the first half at Craven Cottage.
But they missed several chances to kill off Fulham before Issa Diop’s late goal set the stage for a dramatic denouement.
Liverpool barely held on under Fulham’s barrage of pressure before finally clinching a 3-2 aggregate success.
In a repeat of the 2022 final won by Liverpool on penal ties,
the Reds will make their 14th appearance in the League Cup showpiece against Chelsea at Wembley on February 25.
Liverpool have won the League Cup a record nine times, while Chelsea, who routed Middlesbrough 6-2 on aggregate on the other semi-final, have lifted the trophy on five occasions, most recently in 2015.
With Mohamed Salah suffering a serious hamstring injury on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Egypt, Liverpool will be bereft of star power for several weeks.
But in Salah’s absence, Liverpool’s victory over Bournemouth on Sunday took them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The Reds are also competing in the FA Cup and Europa League, giving them a chance for an incredible quadruple trophy haul this season.