Jurgen Klopp lauds 'absolutely insane' Liverpool win as outgoing boss savours Chelsea Carabao Cup triumph

Jurgen Klopp lauds 'absolutely insane' Liverpool win as outgoing boss savours Chelsea Carabao Cup triumph

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 25/02/2024

- 18:41

Updated: 25/02/2024

- 18:55

The German's swansong is off to the perfect start

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken out after his side beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the Carabao Cup on Sunday, labelling his side's victory 'absolutely insane'.

The Reds secured the trophy after a thunderbolt header from Virgil van Dijk, with the Netherlands international powering converting in the 119th minute of the contest.

Chelsea were plucky in defeat and, had it not been for Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, could have lifted the prize.

But Liverpool and Klopp were visibly delighted with their victory, with the Merseyside giants winning the Carabao Cup for the 10th time in their history.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted after his side beat Chelsea to win the Carabao Cup


The German celebrated with his players as they were serenaded to a special edition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' by their fans at Wembley.

And Klopp has now hailed his players, dubbing their win 'absolutely insane' while speaking to Sky Sports.

"It is absolutely insane, these things are not possible," he said.

"Besides a team, a squad, the academy...it's full of character. It's unbelievable what happened here tonight.

"I am so, I don't feel it often, but I am so proud of that I could be part of that tonight. Wow.

"How we played...the crazy stuff is we deserved it. We had lucky moments, they had lucky moments, that's fine because it was a tough game, 20 minutes crazy.

"And the boys showed up. It was really cool."

On Van Dijk's winner, he added: "Yeah tonight definitely [is the perfect conclusion to his time as manager].

"I am pretty sure, when we brought on all the kids, people were thinking 'that's it they gave up, game on Wednesday' and that's really not the case.

"We needed fresh legs, legs that were fresh but very young.

"But it did the job, they did the job.

"It changed for me, what they did is unbelievable."

Van Dijk has also spoken out.

And the Liverpool star was equally delighted, insisting the club are hoping to add to their silverware haul by the time Klopp walks off into the sunset come the end of the season.

"I won't speak too soon, but hopefully we can win a few more," admitted the Dutchman.


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Jurgen Klopp was emotional after Liverpool beat Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup on Sunday


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

"[It means] So much. All the young boys on the pitch, in extra time. It's incredible, I'm so proud of the team.

"[It was] an intense game for both sides, they had chances we had chances. Amazing.

"First trophy as Liverpool captain, it's all for the fans so let's enjoy it."

On his goal, he added: "It's emotion, it's everything I am so proud of the boys.

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Virgil van Dijk popped up with the winner as Liverpool secured Carabao Cup glory with victory over Chelsea


"All of the young boys playing their part in what we achieved today it's incredible and on to more.

"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 way 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."

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