‘Liverpool will know they’re in for a game’ – Gary Neville makes Carabao Cup prediction after watching Chelsea draw Man City

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Chelsea have the ability to beat Liverpool and win the Carabao Cup at Wembley this weekend, after their performance against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium, according to Manchester United legend, Gary Neville.

The Blues made it two draws against the reigning Premier League champions this season, after holding them in a 1-1 draw last Saturday.

It was Chelsea’s third straight game without tasting defeat, following 3-1 victories against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in the league and the FA Cup, respectively, and Neville thinks there’s now enough belief in the team to threaten Liverpool’s chances of winning their first trophy this season.

The Reds beat Brentford 4-1 to extend their stay at the top of the Premier League last weekend, but like Chelsea, will also be without a few of their key players going into the final at Wembley, with Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominik Szoboszlai, Darwin Nunez, Curtis Jones, and Diogo Jota all currently injured.

“I think it’s game on,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Liverpool fans, Liverpool players, Liverpool coaches will be looking at that Chelsea performance not just yesterday but they’ll think that they have players that can step up and deliver. It’s a big game for Chelsea but it’s a big game for Liverpool.

“Nunez went off at half-time yesterday, Jota went off as well and Jones. When Nunez goes off, when Jota goes off, when Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t playing, they’re a little weaker than they would like to be. Jurgen Klopp will be thinking ‘how many injuries am I going to get?’.

“Liverpool are favourites next week, let’s be clear. But Chelsea have a real chance. What they showed yesterday is that when a team push up the pitch – which Liverpool do – they can counter-attack and be really dangerous. I think it suits Chelsea. Jackson needs space to run into, Sterling needs space to run into, Palmer likes to deliver passes into space. I think Chelsea find it harder like they did against Crystal Palace the other night that sit with ten on the edge of the box.

“I think it’s game on. I’m really looking forward to it. Liverpool will know they’re in for a game.”

Gary Neville has a point; indeed, Chelsea can beat Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final.