Carabao Cup Odds: Liverpool record with and without Alisson

Carabao Cup Odds: Liverpool record with and without Alisson

Liverpool’s record with and without Alisson is worth revisiting before Sunday's Carabao Cup final, as second-choice Caoimhín Kelleher prepares to start in goal.

Klopp has reiterated his support for the Irish stopper by confirming that Kelleher will start against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday, assuming he is still free of injury.

The 23-year-old has proved a reliable deputy to first choice Alisson Becker this season, making seven appearances in all competitions including two Premier League outings at Watford and, ironically, in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last month.

Klopp's goalkeeper gamble

Despite his creditable performances in goal, data from WhoScored.com suggests that leaving out Alisson for the final could be a big gamble. In 162 appearances since a big money move from Roma in the summer of 2018, Alisson has been in goal for 112 Liverpool wins, 29 draws and 21 defeats – conceding 128 goals and keeping 76 clean sheets.

By contrast, in the 41 matches he has missed over the last three and a half years Liverpool have recorded 25 wins, eight draws and eight losses, keeping 14 clean sheets and conceding 57 times.

25 wins from 41 matches is obviously not a record to be sniffed at, with a win rate of 61% that isn’t too far behind the 69% with Alisson in goal. However, it is the average goals per game conceded statistic which stands out – 0.79 with Alisson and 1.39 without the Brazilian.

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Can Chelsea expose the second-choice keeper in the final at Wembley? Liverpool's electric run of form in the last two weeks has seen the Blues drift again to best price 5/2 to win the final inside 90 minutes, with the Reds now 27/20 favourites.

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*This article was first published on Friday 11th February but has been updated to reflect data accurate as of Friday 25th February, with all fixtures before Sunday's Carabao Cup final now played.

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