Liverpool and Chelsea will have a difficult start to their respective EFL Cup campaigns after being drawn against each other in the third round, while Frank Lampard will come up against his former coach Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea made it to last season’s semi-finals before being eliminated 2-1 on aggregate by Arsenal, who themselves were defeated by Manchester City in the final.
The two sides last met each other in the EFL Cup in January 2015 – Chelsea emerging 2-1 aggregate victors on their way to lifting the trophy.
Third-round fixtures are due to take place in the week commencing on 24 September, meaning Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool will come just a few days prior to their Stamford Bridge meeting in the Premier League on 29 September.
One of the other standout ties sees Derby County travelling to Manchester United, as Lampard – who enjoyed great success as a player at Chelsea under Mourinho – prepares to face the Portuguese coach for the first time.
Reigning champions City travel to League One side Oxford United at the start of their defence, while the team they defeated at Wembley in February – Arsenal – will host Brentford.
There are three other all-Premier League ties, with Wolves welcoming Leicester City, Everton hosting Southampton and Watford heading to Tottenham, who have applied for special dispensation to play at a neutral stadium due to the unavailability of Wembley and their new ground.
EFL Cup third round draw in full:
West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace
Arsenal vs Brentford
Burton Albion vs Burnley
Wycombe Wanderers vs Norwich City
Oxford United vs Manchester City
West Ham United vs Macclesfield
Millwall vs Fulham
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Bournemouth vs Blackburn Rovers
Preston North End vs Middlesbrough
Wolves vs Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford
Blackpool vs QPR
Everton vs Southampton
Manchester United vs Derby County
Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City
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