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  • Updated: February 26, 2024

Klopp hails 'special' Carabao Cup title

Klopp hails 'special' Carabao Cup title

By Izuchukwu Okosi 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described the Carabao Cup trophy as "the most special" in his career at Merseyside after his team beat Chelsea 1-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium Sunday evening. 

Virgil van Dijk scored the crucial goal for the Reds in the 118th minute as the Premier League leaders required extra time to defeat Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea at England's national stadium. 

The German coach is billed to depart the club in the summer as the search for his successor intensifies.

Speaking in the aftermath of the Reds' 10th Carabao Cup title, Klopp admitted that the club may find it difficult to win again. 

The feat was made even more memorable as they missed up to 11 first-team players including Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diego Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Dominik Szoboszlai, Alisson Becker, Joel, Matip, Curtis Jones, Stefan Bajcetic and Ben Doak. 

“Come on, what we see here today is so exceptional,” the Reds boss enthused. The unassuming manager then stated what could potentially elicit reactions in the English top flight. 

“We might never see it again. Not because I’m on the sidelines but because these things don’t happen in football. I got told there’s an English phrase you don’t win trophies with kids. I didn’t know that. Yeah…

“In more than 20 years it is easily the most special trophy I have ever won. It is absolutely exceptional. Sometimes people ask me if I’m proud of things and it’s really tricky, I wish I could feel pride more often. But tonight is an overwhelming feeling... Oh my God, what’s going on?

“I was proud of everyone involved in everything here, I was proud of our people for the way they pushed us, I was proud of the staff for creating this kind of atmosphere surrounding where these boys can just do what they are best at.

“I was proud of our Academy, I was proud of my coaches, I was proud of so many things. It was completely overwhelming.”

Klopp added: “It was nothing to do with it being maybe my last game at Wembley, I checked that and it was nothing to do with that. It was really because of how everybody contributed.

“Seeing the faces after the game of the kids, Jayden Danns... Can you create football stories which definitely nobody will ever forget? 

“It’s so difficult because this happened before, this happened before... this tonight, if you find the same story with Academy players coming on against a top, top side and still winning it, I’ve never heard of it.”

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