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Mohamed Salah named Standard Chartered Player of the Month for February 2018

Liverpoolfc, 8th March 2018

Mohamed Salah collected his fifth Standard Chartered Player of the Month award of the season at Melwood today after being voted Liverpool’s star man in February.

The Egyptian continued his sensational form by scoring in every Reds match, beginning with a double against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield – with his second a sublime piece of individual skill.

He went on to net at Southampton, where he also assisted Roberto Firmino, and in the Champions League rout at Porto before creating one and scoring another as West Ham United were beaten 4-1 at Anfield.

Salah was a landslide winner in the poll of fans on this website, ahead of second-placed Firmino and left-back Andy Robertson in third.

“I am very happy to win it again,” the No.11 told Liverpoolfc.com upon collecting the accolade. “I’m happy with the results we had in February, they were good results for us, but we’re already looking forward to our next game.

“I’m pleased with my form, but everyone did good throughout the month. We won three games – and the most important thing, as I’ve said, is always the results for the team.”

In total, Salah scored five goals during the month, including solo stunners against Spurs and FC Porto.

So, which was his favourite and is it the best goal he’s ever scored?

“All of the goals were goal important for me, but if I had to choose one in February it would be the second goal against Tottenham,” he said.

“I think this season, I could choose this goal as my best and the first goal against Southampton also. Everton was also good, too. It’s hard to say if it’s the best one.”

Having been named on the bench for the midweek draw with Porto, Salah will be aiming to return to Liverpool’s starting line-up when the Reds travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime.

“We’re playing so good at the moment and our position in the Premier League is improving and much better,” said the 32-goal forward. “We’re now in third and we play the next game against Manchester United, second against third, so it’s an important game. We have confidence, we’re playing good and we need to keep that going.”

Standard Chartered Player of the Month winners 2017-18

August: Mohamed Salah
September: Mohamed Salah
October: Dejan Lovren
November: Mohamed Salah
December: Mohamed Salah
January: Roberto Firmino
February: Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah named Standard Chartered Player of the Month for August 2019

Liverpoolfc, 12th September 2019

Mohamed Salah today collected the first Standard Chartered Player of the Month award of the 2019-20 season.

The Egyptian was voted Liverpool’s star man in August after three goals and two assists in six appearances in all competitions.

Salah scored one and created another when the Reds opened their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich City at Anfield.

He then helped Jürgen Klopp’s side clinch the UEFA Super Cup, coolly scoring in the penalty shootout with Chelsea in Istanbul.

The No.11 featured in each of the subsequent Premier League victories against Southampton, Arsenal – in which he converted a spot-kick and produced a sublime individual goal – and Burnley, where he teed up his side’s third goal.

Salah edged out fellow forwards Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in our Standard Chartered Player of the Month poll here on Liverpoolfc.com.

“I am happy to win the award, but the most important thing as I’ve said before is winning games,” he said upon receiving the trophy at Melwood on Thursday. “We won all of our games last month in the league, we had good results, so we need to keep focused on our games and keep winning.

“We had a good month. We won a trophy in that time, so it was something unbelievable for us as a team. Everyone showed with our performances and the way we can play, so we’re happy about what we have right now.”

One of Salah’s highlights from the month was that aforementioned stunning solo effort against Arsenal.

The Egyptian sped beyond Gunners defender David Luiz on the right touchline before making his way into the area and coolly slotting into the corner to give Liverpool a three-goal advantage.

So, was it one of his best for the club?

Salah smiled: “Yes, it was one of my best… I can’t say it was my best one so far, but I liked it.

“It was an important time for the team to feel comfortable in the game because the score was 2-0 and they had played well. We needed to kill the game and I think that goal made a difference.

“It is always good to score goals, but as I have said many times, the most important thing is for the team winning the game. As long as we’re winning, it doesn’t matter who scores.”

Salah’s three goals in four Premier League games means he’s recorded his best scoring start to a top-flight campaign.

“I feel good,” he continued. “Last season and the season before I’d scored three goals after eight or nine games, so to score them after three or four games I am happy about it. But the most important thing is for the team to keep winning, winning, winning and winning.”

Salah Becomes First Egyptian Ever to Win Premier League Player of the Month Award

EGYPTIAN STREETS. DECEMBER 15, 2017

For his outstanding performance during November, Egyptian football star and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been rewarded with the EA Sports Player of the Month Award, the Premier League announced on its website.

After scoring seven goals in just four matches, Salah becomes the first ever Egyptian to win the award in Premier League history.

“Thank you for voting me player of the month in November,” Salah said in response to the announcement.

“That month, I scored seven goals and it’s a good feeling, but for me the most important thing is the result and we had good results that month,” he added.

“Each month I want to score many goals and help the team to win games.”

Salah netted two goals in each of Liverpool’s victories against West Ham United, Southampton and Stoke City, and scored one goal in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Salah, the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goals this season, received the most combined votes from fans, Premier League captains and a panel of experts, beating six other contenders for the award.

The Egyptian joined the Liverpool team in June and has since made headlines in England and across the world after scoring 20 goals in 24 appearances with his new team.

Prior to joining Liverpool, Salah spent two seasons in Roma where he scored 29 goals in 65 Serie A appearances.

Last week, he won the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017, beating his Senegalese Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Borussia Dortmund Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang..

Burnley’s Robbie Brady, Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, Ashley Young of Manchester United, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi were also nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month Award.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah wins Player of the Month for November 2019 for scoring seven goals in four games

dailymail. Sunday, Dec 29th 2019

Mohamed Salah has been crowned Premier League player of the month for November 2019
  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer so far this season
  • The Egypt international has scored 13 goals in the Premier League already
  • The 25-year-old said: ‘Each month I want to score many goals and help to win’

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been crowned Premier League player of the month for November after scoring seven goals in four matches.

The 25-year-old is the leading scorer in the Premier League with 13 goals so far this season.

Upon being presented with the award at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground, Salah said: ‘Each month I want to score many goals and help the team to win games.

‘That month, I scored seven goals and it’s a good feeling, but for me the most important thing is the result and we had good results that month.’

Salah’s seven goals came against doubles against West Ham, Southampton and Chelsea while also netting in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

He has scored 20 goals in all competitions for Liverpool this season, his first at Anfield following his £39million summer transfer from Roma.

Salah is in line to feature for Liverpool at Bournemouth on Sunday as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to hit back after drawing their last two games against West Brom and Everton.

But Liverpool boss Klopp warned before the 0-0 draw against West Brom that Salah may need to be left out of the starting line-up for a rest due to a minor hamstring concern.

‘I took Mo Salah off as he had a hamstring a little bit,’ Klopp said after the Everton match. ‘Everyone said “how can you take him off?” I don’t go out and say “Yeah, but he is close to being injured’. He isn’t at the moment, thank God.’

Mohamed Salah is the fastest player on FIFA 18 after being named Premier League Player of the Month AGAIN

dailymail. PUBLISHED: 12:45 GMT, 13 April 2018

Salah has been voted the Premier League Player of the Month for a record breaking third time
  • This is the first time a player has even won the award three times in one season
  • During his three games in March, Salah scored six goals and got three assists
  • Salah needs six more goals to break the all-time Premier League record

Once again, Mohamed Salah has been voted in as the Premier League Player of the Month, earning him his EIGHTH special card on FIFA 18 with more probably on the way – making him the sole fastest player in the game.

The Egyptian international has been having an incredible season for Liverpool and he has already broken one record as he is now the first ever player to win the award three times in one season.

And he could break another, with a current tally of 29, Salah needs to score six more goals in his remaining five games to break Alan Shearer and Andy Cole’s record of most goals in a Premier League season.

This has earned Salah his eighth special card on FIFA 18, making him the fastest on the game

His new card on FIFA 18 Ultimate Team looks ridiculous, bumping up the winger to a 93 overall. His last PotM card had 98 pace, meaning he was the joint fastest player on the game with Team of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, his new card gives him 99 pace which is the highest possible rating and leading him to being the sole owner of the record. On top of that, the card has 96 dribbling, 93 shooting and 91 passing – this card is going to be an unstoppable force.

Salah is undoubtedly deserving of the award but he had tough competition as Romelu Lukaku, David Silva, Son Heung-min, Cenk Tosun, and Chris Wood were also in the voting.

But this isn’t the first time Salah has won a poll, his exceptional performances resulted in nearly 80% of FIFA fans wanting to see him as FIFA 19’s cover star.

Mohamed Salah is Your Premier League Player of the Month November 2017

The Liverpool Offside. Dec 15, 2017

It was a November to remember for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

November was a particularly fruitful month for Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian forward scored seven goals in four matches for Liverpool. He’s been the talk of the town and the league. Now the powers that be have taken a notice as well. And they’ve handed the nicest man in football a nice, little trophy. Premier League Player of the Month.

“Each month I want to score many goals and help the team to win games,” said Salah at Melwood, award in hand.

“That month, I scored seven goals and it’s a good feeling, but for me the most important thing is the result and we had good results that month.”

Salah’s tally for November includes three braces. West Ham United, Southampton and Stoke City all conceded two goals to Liverpool’s newest sensation. Chelsea weren’t as permitting, surrendering just the one.

It’s an impressive short list to top. Those other players up for the Mr. November award were Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Ashley Young, Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi and Burnley’s Robbie Brady.

“For me, I’m always saying we have to win something for ourselves, for the fans, for the team.

“For me as Mohamed, I want to score many goals to help the team win titles.”

For me as Matt, I think that sounds wonderful. Salah has scored thirteen goals in the league already, five more have come in the Champions League, with a total of six assists in all competitions. He’s certainly been helping the team this season and long may that continue. Liverpool just might need a few more of him before we can talk titles, though.

Mohamed Salah creates Premier League history with March 2018 POTM win

Liverpoolfc, 13th April 2018

Mohamed Salah’s six Premier League goals in March have earned the Liverpool forward the division’s Player of the Month award for the third time this season – a new record for the competition.

The Egyptian retained the honour after half-a-dozen strikes in four appearances increased his overall league tally for 2017-18 to 29 as he chases the Golden Boot in his debut Reds campaign.

Salah opened the scoring in a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, bagged four of Liverpool’s five – and set up the other – as Watford were thrashed at Anfield, and hit the winner against Crystal Palace on the final day of the month.

He claimed the accolade ahead of Romelu Lukaku, David Silva, Son Heung-min, Cenk Tosun and Chris Wood.

It is the first time a player has ever won the award three times in the same season.

Mohamed Salah today received the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for September 2017

Liverpoolfc, 12th October 2017

Mohamed Salah returned to Melwood on Thursday morning to collect his second Standard Chartered Player of the Month award of the season – and was adamant Liverpool are ready to fight to improve upon their recent run as they reconvene following the international break.

Fresh from his heroics in helping Egypt secure a place at next year’s World Cup finals for the first time since 1990, the No.11 picked up the Reds’ star man accolade for September.

Salah tallied 41 per cent of the vote on Liverpoolfc.com, seeing off competition from Philippe Coutinho (23 per cent) to claim the prize for the second month running.

September ultimately proved a largely frustrating month for the Reds with just one win in seven matches stretching into October, but with Manchester United next up this Saturday lunchtime, the forward was eager to outline why he and his teammates are determined to get back on track.

“I have to say thank you very much to the fans and I am happy to win it,” Salah said upon being presented with the trophy at Melwood. “But now we have to keep fighting and improve our results a little bit.

“It’s a big game on Saturday, everyone in the world will watch the game. It’s a big game for us too because we have to keep fighting and improve our results, as I said. I hope we can get the win.

“We always fight in each game, but this game is a big game and can make a difference for us. We have to improve our place in the table. We have to fight and try to win the game.”

League Cup [EFL Cup-English Football League]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The EFL Cup (referred to historically, and colloquially, as simply the League Cup), currently known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an annual knockout football competition in men’s domestic English football. Organised by the English Football League (EFL), it is open to any club within the top four levels of the English football league system – 92 clubs in total – comprising the top level Premier League, and the three divisions of the English Football League’s own league competition (Championship, League One and League Two).

First held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup, it is one of the three top-tier domestic football competitions in England, alongside the Premier League and FA Cup. It concludes in February, long before the other two, which end in May. It was introduced by the league as a response to the increasing popularity of European football, and to also exert power over the FA. It also took advantage of the roll-out of floodlights, allowing the fixtures to be played as midweek evening games. With the renaming of the Football League as the English Football League in 2016, the tournament was rebranded as the EFL Cup for the 2016–17 season.

The tournament is played over seven rounds, with single leg ties throughout, except the semi-finals. The final is held at Wembley Stadium; it is the only tie in the competition played at a neutral venue and on a weekend (Sunday). Entrants are seeded in the early rounds, and a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds, and to defer the entry of teams still involved in Europe. Winners receive the EFL Cup, of which there have been three designs, the current one also being the original. Winners also qualify for European football, receiving a place in the UEFA Europa League; should the winner also qualify for Europe through other means at the end of the season, this place is transferred to the highest-placed Premier League team not already qualified for European competition. The current holders are Manchester City, who beat Chelsea 4–3 on penalties in the 2019 final to win their sixth League Cup.

Status

Although the League Cup is one of the four domestic trophies attainable by English league teams, it is perceived as being of lower prestige than the league championship or the FA Cup; the fourth domestic trophy, the Community Shield, is a one-match event. League Cup winners receive £100,000 prize money (awarded by the Football League) with the runners-up receiving £50,000, considered relatively insignificant to top-flight teams, compared to the £2 million prize money of the FA Cup, which is in turn eclipsed by the Premier League’s television money (awarded on final league position) and consequent participation in the Champions League.

Some clubs have repeatedly fielded a weaker side in the competition, making the opportunity for giant-killing of the larger clubs more likely. Many teams in the Premier League, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular, have used the competition to give young players valuable big-game experience. However, in 2010, in response to Arsène Wenger’s claim that a League Cup win would not end his trophy drought, Alex Ferguson described the trophy as “a pot worth winning”.

History

The original idea for a League Cup came from Stanley Rous who saw the competition as a consolation for clubs who had already been knocked out of the FA Cup. However it was not Rous who came to implement it, but Football League Secretary Alan Hardaker. Hardaker initially proposed the competition as a way for the clubs to make up on lost revenue, due to a reduction in matches played, for when the league was to be re-organised. The re-organisation of the league was not immediately forthcoming; however, the cup competition was introduced regardless.

The trophy was paid for personally by Football League President Joe Richards, who was proud of the competition and he had his own name engraved on it. Richards described the competition’s formation as an ‘interim step’ on the way to the league’s re-organisation. Richards’ priority was the re-organisation of the leagues; ‘perhaps by cutting down the number of clubs in each division, as has already been suggested, and even given more consideration to the system of four up and four down’.

Rather than the traditional medal, each member of the League Cup-winning team used to receive a tankard. Today, winning players receive medals.

Hardaker felt that the Football League needed to adapt to the times, as the English game was losing prestige. He felt that the Football League should take the lead in revitalising football in the nation: “It must be obvious to all of you that the time has come to do something, and it is up to the Football League to give the lead. I hope the Press will not immediately assume that the League is going to fall out with the F.A. or anybody else… the time has come for our voice to be heard in every problem which affects the professional game.”

The League Cup competition was established at a time when match day attendances were dwindling. The league had lost one million spectators compared to the previous season. It was established at a time when tensions between the Football League and the Football Association were high. The biggest disagreement was about how revenue was shared between the clubs.

During the late 1950s, the majority of senior English clubs equipped their grounds with floodlights. This opened up the opportunity to exploit weekday evenings throughout the winter. The League Cup was introduced in the 1960–61 season specifically as a mid-week floodlit tournament, to replace the Southern Professional Floodlit Cup.

The League Cup was criticised by the better-endowed clubs. The Times’ correspondent at the time felt that the League Cup was a step in the wrong direction; the European Cup had been formed five years prior to the League Cup and the correspondent felt the League Cup’s introduction was adding to existing problems. The Times published on 30 May 1960: “Where a drastic reduction is required in an attempt to raise quality, no doubt quantity and a further spread of mediocrity will be the dose. Where men like Count Bernabeu with his wider horizons, think in terms of a European League for the future in which a lead could surely now be given jointly by our leaders, the Football League propose next season to implement their useless Football League Cup to be played in midweek. It gets the players, the clubs and the public nowhere.”

Aston Villa were the inaugural winners in 1960–61, defeating Rotherham United 3–2 in the final over two legs. Football in England was considered to be of a low quality, compared to what was being played on the continent, as relatively unfashionable clubs Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers were England’s representatives in Europe that year, having lifted the major honours ahead of much bigger clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United. Richards referred to the appetite for European football as ‘continental fever’. He was keen for the league to re-establish itself: ‘We must be prepared to put the interests of the League and the game before individual clubs.’ Sixteen clubs opposed the competition’s creation, thirty-one approved it. The average attendance across the League Cup was 10,556, just higher than the average gate in the Third Division. The total attendance of the Football League competition had fallen by four million from the previous season. Richards is reputed to have told Hardaker that he foresaw ‘the League Cup final being held at Wembley, but that it wouldn’t be during his lifetime’. The first League Cup final to be held at Wembley was Third Division Queens Park Rangers’s win over First Division West Bromwich Albion on 4 March 1967. Richards died in 1968.

The first League Cup was won in 1960–61 by Aston Villa who, at the time, held the overall record for major trophies won in England.[citation needed] The next three finals, however, saw the trophy won by clubs who had never won a major trophy before. One of them, Norwich City, had yet to even play in the First Division, while their opponents Rochdale had played no higher than the Third Division.

The introduction of the League Cup gave the Football League more negotiating power with the FA and UEFA. Hardaker threatened UEFA with a boycott of the UEFA Cup, unless UEFA gave the League Cup winner European qualification. As a result of the negotiating tactics, UEFA provided the League Cup winner with a place in the European competitions, providing the team was in the first division. Tottenham Hotspur were the first team to qualify for Europe by virtue of winning the competition. Although Leeds United had won the competition before Tottenham, Leeds qualified for Europe based on league position. The winners of the 1966–67 and 1968–69 editions, Queen’s Park Rangers and Swindon Town did not participate in Europe, as they were not in the First Division.

Prior to the agreement with UEFA, the competition was not considered worthy of the larger clubs’ attention. However, once a position in Europe was on offer, as was a final at Wembley Stadium, the competition’s standing was improved and in the 1968–69 season only Manchester United declined to participate. Everton chose not to compete in 1970–71 so that they could concentrate their efforts on the European Cup. Entry was made compulsory for all Football League teams the following year.

Liverpool have won the cup on the most occasions with eight victories, including winning their four League Cups in successive years in the early 1980s. They completed two trebles of trophy wins, in 1983–84 and 2000–01, winning the League Cup in both of these years.

English clubs lost their place in European competitions for an indefinite period in 1985 as a result of the Heysel disaster, where Liverpool fans had taken part in a riot at the European Cup final, resulting in the death of 39 spectators. That year’s winners of the League Cup were Norwich City, who would otherwise have played in a European competition for the first time in the 1985–86 season. Oxford United, Arsenal, Luton Town and Nottingham Forest also missed out on the chance to compete in the UEFA Cup as League Cup holders over the next four years. Even when the ban was lifted in 1990, League Cup winners did not participate in European competitions for two more years, when Manchester United won the trophy and qualified for the UEFA Cup anyway, as they had finished second in the league. In the previous two seasons, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday had both been prevented from competing in the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners, due to the gradual reintegration of English clubs in European competitions.

In 2016–17, the competition was renamed the EFL Cup as part of the Football League’s rebranding to become the English Football League.

Modern changes
In the early 21st century, following restructuring of European football, and particularly its international club competitions the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, there were considerations of removing the prize of European qualification from the League Cup’s winners. It has retained its Europa League berth, however, leaving England the only UEFA member aside from France to offer a European berth to the winners of their second cup competitions. This has allowed the League Cup to retain popularity, especially with fans of clubs for whom success in cup competitions offers their only realistic chance of qualifying for Europe.

Giant Killings

Giant killings are less well remembered in the League Cup than the FA Cup due to the absence of non-league sides and the fact that many big clubs have fielded very under-strength sides when knocked out.[citation needed] However, there have been some notable upsets, such as Fourth Division side Chester beating league champions Leeds United 3–0 en route to the semi-finals in 1974–75. In 1995–96, Manchester United were beaten 3–0 at home by York City in the second round, first leg; United could only win 3–1 in the second leg and went out 4–3 on aggregate (York went on to repeat the achievement against Everton the following year). Also, the final of 1966–67 saw Division Three side Queens Park Rangers come from 2–0 down at half time to win 3–2 against top-flight West Bromwich Albion in the first League Cup Final to be hosted at Wembley Stadium. Two years later in 1968–69, Third Division side Swindon Town beat Arsenal 3-1 after extra time in the final to win the trophy.

Manchester United have also been knocked out by Southend United and Coventry City in 2006–07 and 2007–08 respectively: in the match against Southend they fielded a strong side with 10 internationals, bucking a trend they had themselves started. In the 2014–15 season, Manchester United fielded five international players but lost 4–0 in the second round (in which they entered the tournament) against third-tier side MK Dons.

In 2001–02, holders Liverpool were defeated 2–1 at home by Grimsby Town, then humbled again by Northampton Town in September 2010. Grimsby recorded another giant killing in 2005 by knocking out Tottenham Hotspur. In the 2012–13 competition, League Two (fourth tier) side Bradford City knocked out Premier League sides Wigan and Arsenal en route to a semi-final disposal of another top tier side, Aston Villa, 4–3 on aggregate, to reach the final, becoming the lowest-ranked team to do so since Rochdale in 1961–62. Swansea City, in their centenary year, became the first team from outside England to win the League Cup on 24 February 2013, when they beat Bradford City 5–0 to win their first major English trophy. Former League club and now defunct Scarborough defeated Chelsea 4–3 on aggregate in October 1989, while a Division 4 club. In 1992–93, Scarborough then defeated Coventry City (then a top-tier side) 3–2 on aggregate, before ultimately going out of the competition, narrowly, 1–0, against Arsenal.

Format

The League Cup is open to all 92 members of the Premier League and English Football League and is divided into seven rounds, organised so that 32 teams remain by the third round (with the exception of the 1961–62 competition). Since 1996–97, teams involved in European competition during the season have received a bye to the third round; the remaining Premier League teams enter at the second round, and the remaining Football League teams enter at the first round. If the number of byes causes an odd number of teams to enter a round, another team may be given a bye (usually the highest-placed team of those relegated from the Premier League the previous season) or a preliminary round may be played between the two teams promoted from the Football Conference the previous season (or, if only one team is promoted, that team would play against the lowest-placed team not to be relegated from the Football League the previous season); preliminary rounds have only been necessary in the 2002–03 and 2011–12 competitions. Up to 1995–96, all teams were involved by the second round, although some received byes to that stage.

Matches in all rounds are single-legged, except for the semi-finals, which have been two-legged since the competition began. The final was two-legged from 1961 to 1966, but has been single-legged ever since. The first round was two-legged from 1975–76 to 2000–01, and the second round was two-legged from 1979–80 to 2000–01. Single-legged matches would be replayed as necessary until 1993–94, when penalties were introduced to settle the first replay; the last single-legged tie to require a replay was played in 1996–97.

Until 1974–75, two-legged ties that remained level after extra time in the second leg would be replayed; in that time, three ties reached a third replay. Between 1975–76 and 1979–80, ties would still be replayed, but a penalty shoot-out would be used to settle ties that could not be decided after a replay; replays of two-legged matches were finally abolished for 1980–81, with the away goals rule and penalties being adopted instead. The semi-finals were the exception to this, with level ties being replayed until 1986–87, after which the away goals rule and penalties were introduced. From 2018–19, extra time was scrapped for all rounds except the final, and the away goal rule was scrapped for the semi-final, with level ties going straight to a penalty shoot-out.

Final

For the first six seasons of the Football League Cup, the final was played over two legs, with each leg being played at the home ground of each finalist. Since 1967, the final has been played as a single match at Wembley Stadium, although the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was used between 2001 and 2007, following the demolition of the old Wembley. Between 1967 and 1997, finals that finished level after extra time were replayed at an alternative venue until a winner was decided. The only final to require two replays was the 1977 final between Aston Villa and Everton. The venues that hosted replays were Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, Old Trafford and Maine Road in Manchester and Villa Park in Birmingham.

Since 1998, finals that have finished level after extra time have been decided by penalty shoot-out. Until 1999–2000, the final was played in late March or early April. Thereafter it has been played in late February or early March.

Since 1989–90, the best player in the League Cup Final has been presented with the Alan Hardaker Trophy, named after Alan Hardaker, the former secretary of the Football League who devised the Football League Cup. John Terry, Ben Foster and Vincent Kompany are the only players to win the award more than once.

Pre-match presentation at the 2007 final between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

Results by Club

Sponsorship

From 1981 to the present (except in 2016–17), the League Cup has attracted title sponsorship, which meant, unlike its older sibling the FA Cup, the League Cup was named after its sponsor, giving it the following names:

Trophy

The winners receive the EFL Cup, of which there have been three designs – the current one also being the original, a three-handled Georgian-style urn with a separate plinth (added later). Designed and manufactured by Mappin & Webb, it weighs 2.976 kg and measures 27 cm by 20.5 cm. It is worth around £20,000. It was used until the 1980–81 competition, before coming back into use ever since the 1990–91 competition. The reason for the break in usage was the introduction for the first time of a competition sponsor – the Milk Marketing Board, who chose to award their own trophy from 1981–82 to 1985–86. The next sponsor, Littlewoods, also chose to award their own trophy, from 1986–87 until 1989–90. Later sponsors have used the original.

Broadcasters

In the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, 15 matches will be broadcast live by Sky Sports through 2024 with highlights from the several matches on Quest through 2022. This competition is included in the EFL broadcast package.

Records

As of 2019:

  • Most tournament wins (team): 8 wins, Liverpool
  • Most final appearances (team): 12, Liverpool
  • Most tournament wins (individual): 5, Ian Rush for Liverpool
  • Most final appearances: (individual): 6, Ian Rush for Liverpool (1981–1984, 1987, 1995) and Emile Heskey for Leicester City (1997, 1999, 2000), Liverpool (2001, 2003) and Aston Villa (2010)
  • Most semi final appearances (team): 17, Liverpool
  • Highest goalscorer (career): Geoff Hurst, Ian Rush 49 goals
  • Highest goalscorer (season): Clive Allen, for Tottenham Hotspur, 12 goals in 1986–87
  • Most goals scored in a match (individual): 6 goals, by Frankie Bunn for Oldham Athletic vs Scarborough, 25 October 1989
  • Biggest win: West Ham United 10–0 Bury, second round second leg, 25 October 1983 and Liverpool 10–0 Fulham, second round first leg, 23 September 1986
  • Biggest aggregate win in a semi-final: Manchester City 10–0 Burton Albion (9–0 at the City of Manchester Stadium and 1–0 at the Pirelli Stadium), 23 January 2019
  • Biggest win in a final: Swansea City 5–0 Bradford City, 24 February 2013
  • Highest scoring game: Reading 5–7 (a.e.t.) Arsenal, fourth round, 30 October 2012 and Dagenham & Redbridge 6–6 (a.e.t.) Brentford, first round, 12 August 2014
  • Most penalties in a deciding penalty shootout: 32 – Derby County 14–13 Carlisle United (23 August 2016)
  • Youngest player: Ashley Chambers, 15 years 203 days, for Leicester City vs Blackpool, 2005
  • Youngest goalscorer in the final: Norman Whiteside, 17 years 324 days, for Manchester United vs Liverpool, 1983
  • Youngest captain in the final: Barry Venison, 20 years, 7 months 8 days, for Sunderland vs Norwich City, 1985