- Liverpool beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday
- Virgil van Dijk scored the only goal of the game at the end of extra time
- David Moyes does not deserve the negativity towards him at West Ham. He is ridiculous and embarrassing for the work he has done. everything is beginning
Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool’s thrilling Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea as the “most special” of his career.
Virgil van Dijk’s extra-time goal secured the trophy for the Merseysiders, who fielded six players aged 21 or younger, including three teenagers, due to a growing injury crisis that left Klopp without 10 first-team players for the game.
Klopp has won 10 major trophies, including the Premier League, Champions League and Bundesliga, during his career.
But the German, who will leave Anfield at the end of the season, said: “In my 20-plus years, it was without a doubt the most special trophy I have won.”
‘It is absolutely exceptional. I wish I could feel proud more often. Tonight that is the overwhelming feeling. I was proud of our people for the way they pushed us.
Jurgen Klopp calls Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final win the “most special” of his career
‘I was proud of the staff, I was proud of our academy.
“It had nothing to do with it maybe being my last game at Wembley. It was about how everyone contributed to the kids.
‘Can you create stories in football that no one will ever forget? It is very difficult. “Can you find a similar story with kids coming off the bench against a top team?”
Devastated by the injury, compounded by the sight of Ryan Gravenberch stretchered off with an ankle injury, Reds boss Klopp relied heavily on his sons with Conor Bradley, Harvey Elliott, Bobby Clark, Jarell Quansah, James McConnell and Jayden Danns, all 21 years old. or less, playing a role in Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea.
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“Age is not in our thought process,” Klopp responded when asked about the decision to play his young stars.
“It is clear that we need to fill the team and these were the guys we would choose.” We needed fresh legs, that was clear. It was clear that we had to make changes.
‘Bobby Clark’s development is really crazy, I have to say.
‘The development of James McConnell is absolutely crazy. And I love Dannsy, since his first training session.
The German has won 10 major trophies during his legendary coaching career.
“There were other kids we could have brought. It’s just nice to be with these kids in their first moment. The way the experienced group embraces them is pretty special.”
The win represented Klopp’s seventh major trophy at Liverpool, and with the club top of the Premier League and still in the FA Cup and Europa League, the German’s final season in charge at Anfield could be the most special of all. .
But Klopp added: “I couldn’t care less about my legacy.” I’m not here to create one.
‘As a coach I just have to do the job. I couldn’t have done the same with another club.
It was made exactly for this situation. This was so special. We had problems before the game, they became bigger in the game.
‘We had a referee who was not up to par, for both teams. There really was no common sense anymore. It’s something that I don’t know if they don’t teach it or if they don’t ask for it, it’s just not there.
“We had players on the field until the end of the game who had problems, we asked Harvey to stay (on the field), we asked Lucho (Luis Días) to stay.
‘I have no idea who can play on Wednesday night (against Southampton). It’s a moment I’ll never forget. It’s a nice memory.’
On Virgil van Dijk’s contribution to the winning goal, Klopp added: “From the first day since he arrived at Liverpool he has been exceptional.”
“Thank God he’s absolutely fit, in top shape, we need him.” I think he learned an important lesson tonight. “He will never forget it, not only because it was his first trophy as Liverpool captain, but also because of the circumstances.”