'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (2024)

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  1. 'These things are not possible'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (2)

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    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports: "What happened here was absolutely insane, these things are not possible. The team, a squad, an academy full of character. I am so proud I could be part of that tonight.

    "The craziest thing is we deserved it. We had lucky moments, they had lucky moments. The boys showed up, it was really cool."

    Goalscorer and captain Virgil van Dijk, speaking to Sky Sports about if he is savouring it with Klopp as manager: "You should always savour the good moments, this is definitely one of them.

    "Listen, we will never take things for granted and you see today it could have been the other was as well that we lost but we did a job, even with all the problems we have had before the game.

    "I'm so proud, proud to be part of this club and especially proud of the boys."

    Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, speaking to Sky Sports: "These are the moments you dream about. It's better for the heart than penalties! Another amazing moment for me, I'm delighted."

  2. Post update

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

  3. 'We need to be clinical'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (3)

    Chelsea

    Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino speaking to Sky Sports: "We need to take positive things, need to push, use this type of game to learn and be better.

    "I think we really competed if you don't score with chances we had it's difficult to win the final.

    "That is why, we lost final we need to be clinical in front of goal and we congratulate Liverpool and keep going.

    "The way you lose is so painful but now we need to keep going keep moving. They scored and we didn't score."

  4. 'The players need to feel the pain'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (4)

    Chelsea

    Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino: "We created four, five, six big chances and we didn't score. In a game like today and in a final to scorefirst, it is a big advantage.

    "We didn't score and that is a bit of a problem. We conceded in the last minute and it is difficult to react.

    "They [the players] are professional, they need to feel the pain.We played for a trophy we didn't get. They need to feel the pain like us.

    "The players feel the disappointment because we wereso close to winning the game after 90 minutes."

  5. Post update

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    Jayden Danns, Bobby Clark and James McConnell all featured for Liverpool in this Carabao Cup final - the most teenagers to do so since Arsenal in the 2007 final.

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (5)

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  6. 'I don't think I can put it into words'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (6)

    Liverpool

    Conor Bradley, speaking to Sky Sports: "He's such special manager, I just want to enjoy every moment with him now and win everything we can for him."

    On what it means: "I don't think I can put it into words, I have supported this club since I was about five years old to win a trophy with them at Wembley it's just special."

    Bobby Clark, who came on as a 72nd minute substitute said: "When he called my name and said I was going on it was an unbelievable feeling.

    "Klopp fills you with confidence, gives you freedom, really lets you do your thing."

  7. Like father like son

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    Bobby Clark has just done a post-match interview. It is the first time I have seen him up close and my word does he look like his dad.

    Actually thought it was a young lad wearing a Lee Clark mask at first.

  8. 'The referee didn't have the level of the game'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (7)

    Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports about the injury to Ryan Gravenberch: "There were two teams fighting very hard, and the referee didn't have the level of the game. It was not even a foul?! Then the fourth official explaining we cannot give a card... good idea. This situation was obvious for me, everything you need for a card.

    "They did an x-ray [on Gravenberch], it is not broken but the ligaments got something. I actually feel really bad, but everything else is really good."

    On playing Southampton in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday: "We don't have a team right now for Wednesday. The guys who came on can maybe play again, the rest will get treatment on Monday.

    "I love this country to bits, but the schedule is not made for winning a lot.We will see the price we have to pay, but we fight for everything then we see what comes next.

    "Somehow against Southampton there will be a team in Liverpool shirts."

    On the celebrations: "I finally found my family in the stands, they were very happy. The rest, I need to process."

  9. 'Absolutely insane'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (8)

    Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports: "What happened here was absolutely insane, these things are not possible. The team, a squad, an academy full of character. I am so proud I could be part of that tonight.

    "The craziest thing is we deserved it. We had lucky moments, they had lucky moments. The boys showed up, it was really cool."

    On the young squad: "I am sure we brought on all the kids! We needed fresh legs, they were fresh but very young, but they did the job.

    "The boys have trained for a long time with us, they know exactly what we have to do. They are a pain, to be honest, that is what you have to be in these moments. But not only them, how about Harvey Elliot for 120 miutes, [Wataru] Endo walked to the ceremoney with the stiffest legs.

    "We didn't mention Conor [Bradley], he was so good. Caoimhin [Kelleher], he was so good. We have the best keeper in the world and the best number two."

  10. Post update

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    Jurgen Klopp is going to have some serious jaw ache tomorrow because he's still smiling as he conducts his post-match interview.

  11. Klopp's cup double

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

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    Liverpool have won the League Cup for the 10th time – the most by any team in the history of the competition.

    Two of those have come under current manager Jurgen Klopp, with only Bob Paisley (three) winning it more often in charge of the Reds.

  12. Post update

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    Caoimhín Kelleher hasn't conceded a goal in either of his two finals for Liverpool (both vs Chelsea), despite facing 13 shots on target and 3.9 xG on target.

  13. Diaz dedicates trophy to mum and dad

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (10)

    Liverpool

    Luis Diaz speaking to Sky Sports about overcoming challenges in the game: "It was a very tough match and big matches are played this way.

    "We have a year with lots of matches, prepare like that for every game, we knew it would be a challenge but we prepared really well."

    On what it means, via a translator: He dedicates this title to his mum and dad for everything they have been through it means a lot to be able to celebrate with them.

  14. Post update

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    Luis Diaz's mother and father were here to watch their son put in a great performance and ultimately win the Carabao Cup. He dedicates the victory to his parents.

  15. 'Kelleher deserves so much credit'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

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    Jamie Redknapp

    Former Tottenham midfielder on Sky Sports

    When you work with elite players, like Alisson, it rubs off on you.

    You can think what's the point in training all the time when you know you have a world class player in front of you.

    Caoimhin Kelleher deserves so much credit, he is so resilient and you have to have such a great attitude for every occasion and he deserves it.

  16. 'These are the moments you dream about'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (12)

    Liverpool

    Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, speaking to Sky Sports: "These are the moments you dream about. It's better for the heart than penalties! Another amazing moment for me, I'm delighted."

    On trying to win more trophies: "We won't get ahead of ourselves, but this is great for momentum. We are in a good place right now."

    On Van Dijk: "He's unbelievable, always fit, always showing up for us. He is pushing us on to win more trophies."

  17. Post update

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    There were 43 shots on goal in that game, 20 of those were on target, and while there may have been just one goal from all that, what a huge goal it was.

    Caoimhin Kelleher made nine saves in total in the Liverpool goal, some of those huge saves too.

  18. 'Youngsters need to grab this with both hands'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (13)

    Liverpool

    Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk, speaking to Sky Sports: "Amazing, an amazing evening. We got the job done, I'm proud of the team."

    On Caoimhin Kelleher: "He's world class, and he stepped up again today. He's a good keeper, what we need at a club like Liverpool.

    On the young players: "When you're younger and get an opportunity you have to grab it with both hands. They should use this to kick on, and I'm sure they will, they should keep pushing to get close to the first team and be part of the squad. Being part of this as a teenager only benefits you."

    On it being Jurgen Klopp's final season at Liverpool: "I won't speak too soon, but hopefully we can win a few more.

    "The talk about it being Klopp's last season is not from within the squad, that is from the outside."

  19. Post update

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool's players and manager are in no rush to leave the pitch while their fans are still in the stands, singing away.

    Ryan Gravenberch is on crutches with a protective boot on. He will no doubt have been gutted to go off so early but he is loving this moment right now.

  20. 'You cannot shrink'

    FT: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    'Special managers do special things' - reaction as Liverpool win EFL Cup final (14)

    Gary Neville

    Former Manchester United defender on Sky Sports

    I'm really disappointed with Chelsea in that extra time period.

    You can lose any game of football but you cannot shrink, you cannot go back.

    Particularly when Liverpool have five kids on the pitch. You have to go for their throat.

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