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This Is The Start — Klopp Challenges Liverpool Players After Carabao Cup Triumph

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Oladimeji Balogun
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German tactician Jurgen Klopp has challenged his men to chase a historic quadruple after Liverpool won the League Cup final in a dramatic penalty shootout against Chelsea on Sunday.

Klopp's side clinched the first of the four major trophies they are competing for this term when Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga smashed his penalty high over the crossbar.

Kepa was the only player to miss in the shootout as Liverpool converted all 11 of their kicks and Chelsea netted 10.

Kepa loses penalty

It was a fittingly tense conclusion to a thrilling encounter that finished 0-0 after extra time despite both sides creating numerous chances.

Liverpool's record ninth League Cup triumph was their first domestic knockout tournament triumph since 2012.

Having failed to win a trophy last season, Klopp believes his players can use the momentum from their Wembley success to fuel their bid to become the first English club to enjoy a trophy clean-sweep.

"This is the start. We are not silly. You need luck. We have to survive, work hard and, we have to play on Wednesday again, which I cannot believe at this moment," Klopp said.

"Anfield will be rocking because of this result and hopefully we can deliver a game to enjoy.

"We don't get nervous when things don't go well. We are more experienced now.

"It's a big one for us. The first time for this group. The atmosphere was outstanding. It was nice to celebrate with the people after the match."

Liverpool wins Carabao Cup

Liverpool's final kick in the shootout was coolly converted by keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who was again deputising for first-choice Allison Becker after playing all but one game in the competition this season.

"The game he played was absolutely incredible. I can remember two brilliant saves. He showed his full skill set in the penalty shootout," Klopp said.

"It was like two lions going at each other. It was absolutely crazy. It was one of the most spectacular shootouts I ever saw."

The Reds are six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City with a game in hand, hold a 2-0 lead heading into their Champions League last-16 second leg against Inter Milan and host Norwich in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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English Premier League
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1 Manchester City 38 93
2 Liverpool 38 92
3 Chelsea 38 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 71
5 Arsenal 38 69
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