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‘What happened here is absolutely insane’, Klopp proud of Liverpool players after EFL Cup final win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hails his players for their ‘unbelievable’ performance after beating Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final.

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk headed the winner deep into extra time as Jurgen Klopp’s massively-depleted side beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the Carabao Cup.

The Reds became the first club to win the EFL Cup 10 times after winning Sunday’s final. Jurgen Klopp also became the third Liverpool manager to win the trophy more than once.

After the match, Klopp said he was incredibly proud of the performance of the team and insisted they were the deserved winners.

He told Sky Sports: “What happened here this afternoon is absolutely insane. These things are not possible. A team, a squad [starts chuckling], an academy full of character; it’s unbelievable what happened. I’m so… I’m so proud that I could be part of that tonight. Wow!

The crazy stuff is that we deserved it. Yes, yes, we had lucky moments, they had lucky moments – it was a tough game: 120 minutes, or 150 with all the extra time. And the boys showed up. It was really cool.

I’m pretty sure when we brought on all the kids, people thought, ‘Okay, that’s it, they’ve given up, they have a game on Wednesday.’ It really wasn’t the case – we needed fresh legs and the legs we had were very young. But they did the job. They did the job. What they did… it’s unbelievable.

Klopp believes the performance of Liverpool’s academy players is the result of the “environment” at the club.

I think it’s the environment that we’ve created together. They’ve trained with us for a while so they know exactly what they have to do. When we have time for 11 v 11 in training, they’re a pain. That’s what you have to be, and they were a pain [for Chelsea] today.

It’s not only them. How good was Harvey Elliott? Endo, oh my god. He walked up for the ceremony with the stiffest legs I ever saw. We’ll have to see what price we pay for this game. But you cannot do it differently. You’re in a final, you fight with all you have and then have a look who’s available for the next game. There will be a team in a Liverpool shirt.

Caoimh was unbelievable. Such a mature performance. I say it often: we have the best goalkeeper in the world and the best No2 in the world. I’m so happy for him. Top game.

Jurgen Klopp also added that his team has picked up a number of other injuries, including Ryan Gravenberch, ahead of their FA Cup tie in midweek

There were two teams fighting extremely hard and the referee didn’t have the level of the game. That’s how it is; I’m sorry for that. You can make a story of that but everybody saw it. He didn’t even whistle for a foul! And then the fourth official said to me, ‘Yeah because of that we cannot give a card.’ Oh, good idea.

“I hope it’s not broken, but there is some ligament damage. It’s all bad. You asked me about it and actually I feel really bad, but everything else was brilliant.

I love this country to bits but the schedule is not made for winning a lot. We won tonight, we should cherish that. Tee celebration after the game was top class, I loved it. That’s all perfect. The rest: give me a few seconds to process how we can go forward from here.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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