Trevoh Chalobah has shared that Naby Keita’s tackle on him in Liverpool’s League Cup final triumph over Chelsea left him in need of stitches, as he told Soccer AM (12/03/22 ).
The Chelsea defender said he was ‘screaming’ in pain in the treatment room as he received the stitches.
In the second half of Liverpool’s penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea, Keita, as he went for a 50-50 ball with Chalobah, eventually caught him in the groin area.
The 22-year-old Chelsea player was in agony straight after, and despite watching replays, VAR decided not to fire the Liverpool midfielder.
Weeks after that incident, Chalobah has now spoken about what happened and how he is “better now”.
“It’s better now,” Chalobah said. “But I had to get stitches right after the game.
“When he came in (Chelsea staff member) I was screaming. I was doing the operation. It was so painful. I was shouting.
“He said ‘he could hear screaming and he couldn’t believe it’. But, it was so painful. I didn’t want to leave that game and I had to fight.
It was a great moment of discussion after the match and a possible change of game.
The Wembley encounter saw goal after goal disallowed, as that possible red card moment could have decided the match in normal time or extra time.
Ultimately, it was Kepa Arrizabalaga who wrote his name in the history books for the wrong reasons.
While it was a moment to forget for Chelsea’s striker replacement, it was quite the opposite for Liverpool’s rising star Caoimhin Kelleher.
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