‘Jeepas Kepas’ - how the national newspapers reported Liverpool’s Carabao Cup triumph over Chelsea

Caoimhin Kelleher proved Liverpool’s unlikely hero with the goalkeeper scoring the winning spot-kick in a tense shootout.

After winning the Premier League, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, Jurgen Klopp finally got his hands on his first domestic cup trophy since his arrival in England seven years ago.

The clash between Liverpool and Chelsea ended goalless after 120 minutes, but offered supporters thrilling viewing that resulted in a penalty shootout victory for the Reds.

Despite the 0-0 scoreline, the cup match resulted in criticism and debate for various reasons.

Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz and Joel Matip’s goals were disallowed for offside calls, while Trevoh Chalobah received six stitches after a controversial challenge by Naby Keita.

However, Kepa Arrizabalaga’s name is on the lips of the rest of the footballing after the Spanish goalkeeper was specifically brought on for penalties, failed to save any of Liverpool’s 11 and then missed his own.

It was a dramatic day in London for both sides. So, how did the national press report it? We take a look at Monday’s back pages...

Daily Express’ Neil Squires wrote: “Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp branded Caoimhin Kelleher ‘the best No.2 in the world’ after the rookie goalkeeper was the hero of an epic Carabao Cup final at Wembley.”

Writing for The Guardian, Jacob Steinberg wrote: “There was a poignancy to the occasion as the Wembley crowd stood as one before the game to show support for Ukraine.”

The Mirror Sport’s David Maddock and John Cross wrote: “Caoimhin Kelleher proved Liverpool’s unlikely hero with the winning spot-kick in a tense shootout, and then admitted: “I forgot I scored the winning penalty!”’

Matthew Nash of Metro Sport focused on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, writing: “Chelsea endured a dismal day at Wembley as three disallowed goals and then penalty shootout woe saw them lose to Liverpool in a Carabao Cup final overshadowed by events off the pitch.”

Star Sport’s Paul Brown also led with the Kepa blunder, writing: “Thomas Tuchel insisted he had no regrets after his decision to send on Kepa Arrizabalaga backfired spectacularly.”