Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool team cannot wait to visit Wembley again in the Carabao Cup final, believing his players showed how much it meant to reach the showpiece in a battling performance at Fulham.
The Reds secured a place in next month’s final following a 3-2 aggregate victory over Marco Silva’s men in the capital on Wednesday. A 1-1 draw on the night in the semi-final second leg at Craven Cottage saw Luis Diaz on the scoresheet, which was enough to set up a meeting with Chelsea at the national stadium in a repeat of the 2022 final.
On whether he was pleased with Liverpool’s display, Klopp said: “Very. Getting the draw, Fulham you just have to look at where we played first. I would think everybody would say they would prefer the second game at home, but we play our home game first and we win 2-1 and we are all long enough in the business to know that nothing [was decided].
“Half-time, all good. You would expect that Fulham come here today flying out of the blocks. I liked our first 30 minutes, really a lot. We were just ready for this game, that’s the most important thing. I heard Marco [Silva]’s press conference yesterday and I love it.
“I respect him so much, that’s why I had a look at it: when you see [he said] it is the most important game, maybe of the season, and stuff like this. They want to go for the final and all these kind of things and I know what it means to them. I told the boys I know what it means to us, but we have to show it to the outside world, that we want it as much as they want it. I saw that.”
He continued: “Then 1-1, Harry Wilson, another Liverpool boy in a really good moment, to be honest, and then you have to bring it over the line and we did. It feels great, we are really happy. The dressing room was really happy, the boys wanted it, the boys got it and now we have, I don’t know, 10 games to play until the final in four weeks or so, so a few games coming up before that, but we are looking forward to Wembley.”