Eden Hazard brilliance sends Chelsea through at Liverpool's expense

Hazard was also on the bench, but Chelsea's talisman made a telling impact following his introduction to deliver the free-kick that led to Emerson Palmieri's 79th-minute equaliser before netting a stunning solo strike with five minutes left.

In a formidable display of skill and speed, Eden Hazard slalomed past Liverpool players before scoring the goal that sealed Chelsea's progress in the League Cup.

It's over 13 years since Chelsea and Liverpool met in the 2005 League Cup final.

The defeat for Liverpool closes off one route to silverware as the club attempt to better their woeful recent record of just one major trophy in 12 years.

'Yes, of course we could have defended better.

After nutmegging Roberto Firmino in the build-up, Hazard exchanged passes with Cesar Azpilicueta, cut inside off the right, dashed past a static defence and lashed an unstoppable drive across Simon Mignolet.

Daniel Sturridge has now scored 11 goals in his last 11 appearances in the League Cup, and much like Danny Welbeck, the England worldwide is very much on the periphery of first-team action at his club, having fallen out of favour, but both strikers have asked questions tonight. But when Hazard was introduced early in the second half, the gap in class between him and Liverpool's second string was all too obvious.

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An Eden Hazard-inspired Chelsea have staged a late comeback to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield in this evening's EFL Cup third-round tie.

Alli sealed a 4-2 penalty shootout after a lively finish saw the game end 2-2 after 90 minutes, with extra time not being played in the competition.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has enjoyed a superb start to life in the dugout at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea only dropped their first points of the Premier League campaign at the weekend.

"[Ross] Barkley - not a lot - but he's offside, they watched it and didn't think it was offside so we have to take that".

"Not at all, Saturday is going to be a completely new game, very exciting game and I hope it is going to be as lovely as today".

It will be a very different match though, with Chelsea at home and both sides reverting to full-strength lineups in what will be a much sterner examination of each team's credentials.

  • Michelle Webb