How many times have Liverpool won the EFL Cup? How Reds became competition’s kings

Liverpool and Chelsea will renew their Wembley hostilities for this season’s EFL Cup final. Lifting the trophy would mean very different things for the two clubs.

For Liverpool, it would represent the first trophy in a farewell victory lap for Jurgen Klopp. For Chelsea, it would represent hope in a dire season.

Caoimhin Kelleher is a big part of answering the question of how many times have Liverpool won the EFL Cup
Caoimhin Kelleher was the hero in Liverpool's last EFL Cup win – Photo by Icon Sport

How many times have Liverpool won the EFL Cup?

Liverpool have won a record nine EFL cups in their history, with Jurgen Klopp winning his first and the club’s most recent  in 2022 against Chelsea, then managed by Thomas Tuchel.

The Reds won their first EFL Cup in 1981. Remarkably, they would win another three in succession, as part of Liverpool’s domination of the 1980s. They added another in 1995.

In the 21st century, Liverpool have reached Wembley eight times, including 2024. They won the final in 2001, 2003, 2012 and 2022, but lost in 2005 and 2016. The Reds are strong favourites to win a tenth League Cup, and are priced at 7/4 to lift the trophy on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool have a great spot-kick record – Photo by Icon Sport

Will Liverpool v Chelsea go to penalties?

Remarkably, four of Liverpool’s six EFL Cup finals this century have ended in a penalty shootout. 2022, 2016, 2012 and 2001 have all ended in spot-kicks. The Reds have been victorious in three of these four shootouts.

Chelsea’s last two EFL Cup finals have also gone to spot kicks, in 2019 and 2022. They have lost both.

History shows us that there is a significant chance of penalties being needed to decide this one. The only question is whether Chelsea will be able to prevent Liverpool from blowing them away, like they did just a few short weeks ago in their 4-1 defeat at Anfield.

Harvey Elliott scored one of Liverpool's late winners at Crystal Palace – Photo by Icon Sport

When are Liverpool likeliest to score the winning goal?

If Liverpool win this match in regular time, there is a strong chance they’ll strike late. Jurgen Klopp’s side have scored 22 goals between the 76th minute and the final whistle in the 2023/24 Premier League this season, seven more than the next-best placed side, Arsenal.

This is likely for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Liverpool are an extremely intense side. Their energy, athleticism and determination often grinds teams down. 

Secondly, Liverpool have excellent depth in their front three. At least two of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah cannot start each game, giving the Reds both quality and energy off the bench.

Mohamed Salah is always prolific – Photo by Icon Sport

Which Liverpool player has scored against Chelsea the most times?

Though Liverpool legend Ian Rush holds the record for most goals against Chelsea with ten, the current Liverpool player with the most goals against the Blues is, rather predictably, Mohamed Salah.

Salah has scored nine career goals against his former club, and the Egyptian marked his return to fitness with a goal and assist against Brentford at the weekend.

Darwin Núnez is one of the biggest changes in the Liverpool squad since 2022's final – Photo by Icon Sport

How many players from the 2022 EFL Cup final are still at Liverpool?

Of the 20 players in Liverpool’s 2022 EFL Cup final squad, 12 remain at the club. With key players Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah still first choice.

The area of the side that has seen the most surgery is midfield. None of the Reds’ starting midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Naby Keita remain at the club. Bench options James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have also departed. 

Only Harvey Elliott remains, and the youngster has been joined by new additions Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis MacAllister, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch.

Elsewhere, Darwin Nunez has replaced Sadio Mane in attack.

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