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Klopp savours ‘most special trophy’ after Liverpool win League Cup

Klopp savours ‘most special trophy’ after Liverpool win League Cup

London, 26 February 2024 (PA Media/dpa/MIA) — Liverpool’s League Cup final victory over Chelsea was manager Jürgen Klopp’s “most special trophy” after they overcame more injury adversity to win 1-0 at Wembley after extra time.

 

Already without 11 first-team players, they lost Ryan Gravenberch to an ankle problem after half-an-hour and finished the match with four academy players on the pitch but the youngsters held out long enough for captain Virgil van Dijk to head the 118th-minute winner.

 

“In more than 20 years it is easily the most special trophy I have ever won. It is absolutely exceptional,” said Klopp, who is leaving the club at the end of the season and looked emotional on the pitch at the final whistle.

 

“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.

 

“I was proud of everyone involved in everything here: I was proud of our people (fans) 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.

 

“It was nothing to do with it being maybe my last game at Wembley.

 

“Can you create in 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 side and still winning it, I’ve never heard of it.

 

“I loved it. What we see here today is so exceptional. We might never see 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.”

 

Victory extended Liverpool’s own record to 10 League Cups and was the seventh major trophy he has won since arriving at the club in 2015.

 

His side are top of the Premier League and are one of the favourites for both the FA Cup and Europa League but Klopp has no interest in the sentimentality of his final few months.

 

“I couldn’t care less about my legacy, I am not here to create one,” he added.

 

“Nothing we’ve done in the last eight or nine years is replaceable, we couldn’t have done the same at another club. It was exactly made for this combination. It is fantastic.

 

“We learned so much in that time, the people (fans) learned so much. That’s the one thing – it’s not a problem if a manager leaves, if these people would leave, our supporters, that would be a problem.

 

“As long as they are the way they are, Liverpool Football Club will be fine and that’s the most important thing.”

 

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted losing the final was “so painful” but hopes his side can learn from the match.

 

He told Sky Sports: “I think it is difficult when you lose a final because it’s one game.

 

“We lost the last minute of the game and it’s so painful and now we need to take the positive things, we need to keep going, we need to push and to use this type of game to learn and do better.

 

“You lose a final because you need to be clinical in front of the goal, you need to score goals and we concede.”

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