England Carabao Cup: ‘It’s easily the most special trophy I ever won’ – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp declared Liverpool’s lifting of the Carabao Cup after defeating Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley as the ‘most special trophy I ever won’.

Virgil van Dijk headed in the only goal of Sunday’s final towards the end of extra-time to secure the Reds their record-extending 10th triumph in the competition. The captain scored with a glancing header from Kostas Tsimikas’ corner with 118 minutes on the clock to decide the end-to-end showpiece, which finished with a youthful Liverpool side on the pitch.

“Come on, this was so special. You saw the game, you saw the circumstances. We had problems before the game, they became bigger during the game… And then getting through all of this, you see tired players. I have no clue who can play on Wednesday because we had players on the pitch until the end of the game who had problems,” said Klopp.

“We asked Harvey [Elliott] to stay, we asked Lucho [Luis Diaz] to stay up front, don’t go back anymore. So, I have no idea who can play on Wednesday but for tonight it is a night I will never forget. If nobody else sees it like that, no problem. For me, it’s a really nice memory forever.”

On his emotions before Van Dijk’s winner, Klopp said: “That would be cool if I could see goals coming, I would relax [in] a lot of moments of my life. No, I loved it. I think that was the moment where everything just felt, ‘Come on.’ What we see here today is so exceptional, we might never see again and not because I am on the sideline, because these things don’t happen in football.

“I got told outside that there’s an English phrase, ‘you don’t win trophies with kids’ – I didn’t know that. Yeah! There are longer careers than mine but in more than 20 years, [it’s] easily the most special trophy I ever won. It’s absolutely exceptional. Sometimes I get asked if I’m proud of this, proud of that, proud of that, and it’s really tricky. I wish I could feel pride more often, I just don’t do.”


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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