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‘Most special trophy’

Updated on: 27 February,2024 07:50 AM IST  |  London
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Soon-to-resign boss Klopp says it’s exceptional to win the League Cup and is proud of all involved after Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in extra time

‘Most special trophy’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (centre) lifts the trophy after their win over Chelsea in the League Cup final at the Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp just couldn’t keep the smile from his face.

It was deep into extra time at Wembley on Sunday and the English League Cup final against Chelsea was locked at 0-0. A penalty shootout loomed.

Yet, with tensions running high, Klopp turned to the Liverpool fans, savored the moment and produced that trademark toothy grin.

Van Dijk strikes

Perhaps he knew what was coming. That Virgil van Dijk was about to score a 118th-minute winner to finally break down Chelsea’s resistance and secure a record-extending 10th League Cup trophy for Liverpool.

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Perhaps not.

“That would be cool if I could see goals coming. That would relax a lot of moments in my life,” Klopp said afterward—his voice hoarse, likely from the wild celebrations that greeted his eighth trophy as Liverpool manager.

Klopp is stepping down at the end of the season and this may well be his last Wembley final with the club. “I loved it... What I see today is so exceptional, we might never see it again. Not because I am on the sidelines but because these things don’t happen in football,” Klopp said. “It is in my more than 20 years, easily the most special trophy I ever won. It is absolutely exceptional.

“Sometimes I’m asked if I am proud of this, proud of that. I don’t know. I wish I could feel pride more often. Tonight was an overwhelming feeling of ‘Oh my God, what is going on here?’ I was proud of everybody involved,” Klopp added.

Quadruple dream alive

Victory keeps Klopp on track for a quadruple of trophies in his final year with Liverpool as he looks determined to go out on a high.

His team is currently top of the Premier League and still in contention to win the FA Cup and Europa League. But even if Klopp cannot add those trophies to the full set he has already delivered, he provided Liverpool with another memorable day at Wembley.

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