17 things we loved this weekend: Van Dijk, Diaz, Messi, Dembele and more

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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates after the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London. Sunday 27th February, 2022.

All eyes were on Wembley at the weekend as Liverpool beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final after a dramatic penalty shootout.

Elsewhere, Barcelona continued their recent revival under Xavi and Leeds United decided to part company with manager Marcelo Bielsa.

We’ve rounded up the best of the action on and off the field.

Marcelo Bielsa

What a ride it’s been. What a bloke.

Messages for Ukraine

One of many much-needed messages of solidarity. Football can be alright sometimes.

Harry Kane & Son Heung-min

It’s great how much they love playing together.

Lionel Messi

He’s slowing down but hasn’t lost his eye for a pass.

Kylian Mbappe

Messi didn’t even claim the assist of the match. Pure velvet.

Ibrahima Konate

Almost the funniest moment of the League Cup final. Almost.

Virgil van Dijk

One of the coolest penalties we’ve ever seen.

Luis Diaz

Liverpool look to have made another brilliant signing.

That penalty

We’re surprised the ball didn’t land in somebody’s garden.

Ousmane Dembele

A lovely, lovely hit.

Fabian Ruiz

Look at those scenes. Wow.

Sergio Canales

A superb goal in El Gran Derbi. Shame it was just a consolation.

Carlos Acevedo

A quadruple save? Ridiculous.

Dusan Vlahovic

A Terminator-esque goal machine.


A beautiful gesture of solidarity for Roman Yaremchuk.

Yimmi Chara

You can’t beat a good bicycle kick.


The Little Pea is still ruthless in front of goal.

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