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'These things don't happen in football' - Klopp

───   MORGAN PIEK 08:45 Mon, 26 Feb 2024

'These things don't happen in football' - Klopp | News Article
Virgil van Dijk - LFC/X

“We might never see it again - these things don't happen in football. Apparently, you don't win trophies with kids, I didn't know that.”

Liverpool won the League Cup for a record extending 10th time on Sunday after beating Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley in London.

The Reds beat the Blues for a third time in a cup final over the last couple of years, and this one will go down in the history books.

Liverpool fielded a team of largely fringe players with the average age in the squad being just 22-years-old, while Chelsea’s team is said to be worth a billion pounds.

The match was heading for a penalty shootout, but it was the senior statesmen, the Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk scored the winner with a powerful header just two minutes from the end of the added extra time.

The Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp, who will be leaving the club at the end of the season said his young team rocked up for the game and wrote their own piece of history following a very special victory indeed.

“What we saw today is so exceptional,” said an elated Klopp.

“We might never see it again - these things don't happen in football. Apparently, you don't win trophies with kids, I didn't know that.

“It is easily the most special trophy I've ever won. It's absolutely exceptional. I wish I could feel pride more often, tonight that's the overwhelming feeling - nothing to do with maybe my last game at Wembley. It was how everyone contributed.

“Seeing the faces of these kids. Nobody will ever forget this story because it's so difficult. Tonight, if you find the same story with academy players coming on against a top side and still winning it, wow.”

The win proved that when Klopp leaves Anfield at the end of the season he will leave the club in a very good place and the future looks bright with the way he has invested in the youth.

Meanwhile, Liverpool still holds a one point lead over Manchester City at the top of the English Premiership standings after 26 rounds.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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