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Liverpool go for the quadruple, Klopp’s team won Chelsea in Carabao Cup Final

The manager could complete a sensational season in his farewell from the Reds

By Mario Perez

Liverpool won the Carabao Cup against Chelsea after beating the Blues for 1-0.
Liverpool won the Carabao Cup against Chelsea after beating the Blues for 1-0.
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The German manager Jürgen Klopp achieved his first title of the season with Liverpool after beating Chelsea 1-0 in the Carabao Cup Final in Wembley, putting the first step to develop a great campaign in his last season as the manager of the Reds.

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The coach faced multiple important absences in the squad to play against the Blues as the ones of Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominik Szoboszlai, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah or Darwin Nunez, but even despite of all that, he was able to place a competitive lineup for the game.

In this sense, Liverpool’s boss trusted Kelleher, Bradley, Elliott, Gakpo and Gravenberch, who was forced to leave in the first half due to an injury caused in a tough clash with Moises Caicedo. Chelsea dominated the first half with quick and dangerous counterattacks and put Liverpool on the ropes, while the Reds resisted the rival’s attempts based on the solid performance delivered by Virgil Van Dijk, the great star of the Merseyside team in the final.

The Anfield team was the best team on the pitch during the second half, when the Klopp’s team increased their dominance and Mauricio Pochettino strengthened Chelsea’s counterattacks giving entry to Nkunku and Mudryk, who weren’t able to score for the Blues despite they gave great hopes to their team for the title.

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Virgil was the hero for Liverpool

Both teams went to extra time to define the winner of the title, and Virgil Van Dijk profited a set piece to give the lead to the Reds. The Dutchman headed to the net a corner kick from the right in the 118th minute, giving the Carabao Cup trophy to the Anfield team and helping the Reds to step in for the quadruple to give an emotional and successful farewell to Jürgen Klopp.

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