What Milner and Henderson did to Chelsea players after winning the Carabao Cup final yesterday

Liverpool duo James Milner and Jordan Henderson honourably commiserated the defeated Chelsea players after Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

Henderson and Milner lifted the trophy following a fantastic spectacle in the capital yesterday afternoon.

The story of the Carabao Cup final

Both sides fired on all cylinders for 120 minutes, demonstrating a drive and determination to destroy the other.

Edouard Mendy stood tall in the Chelsea net, preventing Liverpool from pulling away to safety.

Down the other end, Thomas Tuchel’s team squandered several good chances, two of those missed by Mason Mount.

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VAR and the officials had a busy day as well, ruling out four goals overall, denying the Blues three times with offside calls.

It seemed only fair that the tie be settled on penalties, considering how closely fought the contest had been.

Pick your favourite penalty

Jurgen Klopp and his fellow countryman watched on agonisingly from the touchline as their respective soldiers converted 21 spot-kicks in total.   

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who replaced Mendy moments before the saga from 12-yards ensued, was made to take the potentially definitive effort.

The Spaniard’s shot certainly turned out to be decisive, but not in the way anybody associated with Chelsea would’ve wanted.

He ballooned the ball well over the bar and into the ecstatic Liverpool supporters behind the goal.

As the red section of the stadium celebrated, the blue corners of the ground went very silent.

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Kepa’s soul seemed to depart his body as soon as he realised the result had been ripped away from the European champions.

His error meant that the Chelsea squad were forced to make the unwanted walk to collect the runners-up medals, rather than the golden prize.

However, their trudge back to the pitch was greeted kindly by Milner and Henderson, who shook each player by the hand as a gesture of condolence.

Don’t worry lads, we will be the ones doing the sympathising soon!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.