A year after their first League Cup victory Liverpool were back for more. And once again they had to overcome a shaky start, falling behind early to a Tottenham side with Ray Clemence between the sticks a year after he'd led Liverpool to victory. Replacing him was South African Bruce Grobbelaar, who had arrived in Liverpool from the Vancouver Whitecaps as Clemence's backup towards the end of the previous season and would eventually make 627 appearances over the next thirteen years for his new club despite early struggles that led many to doubt he could ever truly replace the departed legend.
In the end, just as had been the case the season before, Liverpool would fight back to take the trophy—though this time it took an 87th minute strike by Ronnie Whelan, in search of his first honours for Liverpool alongside Grobbelaar, to pull the game level. The 20-year-old Whelan, whose ascension into the first team had effectively ended Ray Kennedy's Liverpool career earlier in the season, would provide further heroics 21 minutes into extra time before Ian Rush sealed the victory as the final whistle neared. And as if the cup itself wasn't enough, victory meant Bob Paisley was given the opportunity to make a milk-based pun or two in the League Cup's first sponsored season.
Beyond Liverpool winning the newly re-christened cup, 1981-82 was noteworthy for being the year the English FA introduced the current points system where victory results in three instead of two. It was also the season that saw Liverpool win their thirteenth Division One title despite Grobbelaar and the club's shaky start having left them languishing in mid-table at the mid-way point.