Chelsea’s Surprising Transformation Revealed by Virgil Van Dijk: Will They Upset Liverpool in Carabao Cup Final?

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool skipper Virgil Van Dijk was speaking over Chelsea ahead of their Carabao Cup final clash on Sunday. The Dutchman told the Liverpool Echo that it will not be an easy game. Although the Reds humbled Mauricio Pochettino’s side 4-1 at Anfield earlier this month, today’s game will be completely different.

Jurgen Klopp will be without some of his key players like Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander Arnold and Dominik Szoboszlai. Moreover, there are also dark clouds on the availability of Darwin Nunez and Curtis Jones. Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking a completely transformed side that visited Merseyside earlier in February.

Virgil Van Dijk acknowledges Chelsea’s transformation ahead of Carabao clash

The Netherlands international highlights the changes The Blues have undergone in their gameplay lately. Pochettino’s men will be pretty confident after playing a ferocious draw with Manchester City at Etihad. Besides this, they even defeated the likes of Crystal Palace and Aston Villa this month. Speaking of the final, Van Dijk says

“Going to Wembley will be an amazing experience again. And it’s a big opportunity to get silverware and hopefully it gives us an extra boost for the last part of the season. We know it’s going to be tough.

Chelsea are a very good team with very good individual players and they have found a way to perform better recently. With their quality, they could hurt us. They are a very good team and we have to be very good against them as well.”

The Argentine manager has definitely stepped up the level of his boys in recent weeks with the latest result being a draw at Manchester. There were a few brilliant individual performances as well from players like Raheem Sterling and Axel Disasi. The defender was especially solid at the back against the likes of Erling Haaland and Alvarez. It has obviously not been a great season for Pochettino and his team, so hopefully they can deliver this trophy.

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