LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called his side’s League Cup Final win over Chelsea the “most special trophy” he has ever won.

The German lifted his 10th trophy as Liverpool boss at Wembley after captain Virgil van Dijk headed a late winner for the injury-hit Reds.

It gave the Anfield side a record-extending 10th EFL Cup triumph in Klopp’s last season with the club.

Klopp said: “In my 20 years, this is easily the most special trophy. I couldn’t care less about my legacy. I was not here to create one. This was so special.”

Liverpool were without several key players through injury, including forwards Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez.

It meant that five players aged 20 or under featured, with the average age of the team that finished the game being below 22.

Klopp added: “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.”

Netherlands defender Van Dijk said he was “so proud” to be a Liverpool player after his late winner.

He said: “It’s all for the fans, so let’s enjoy it. An intense game for both sides, they had chances, we had chances. Amazing. First trophy as Liverpool captain.

“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. Hopefully we can win a few more trophies this season.”

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side “need to feel the pain”.

He added: “We played for a trophy we didn’t get. Now it’s the same, what can you tell me to feel better? Nothing. We are very competitive and now we need to move forward.

“They [the players] need to feel the pain like us. They need to realise that we need to work more, do better things. We need to improve and compete in this level against a side that in the last five, six, seven years has competed for big things.

“It’s about to arrive here first and then feel what it means to play for a big trophy. I remember after three, four years they lose the Champions League, they lose the Europa League.

“They keep believing and moving in the project and in the next season stronger until they get what they wanted.

“That is a good example, Liverpool. We want to challenge a team like Liverpool. It is not to be frustrated today because we didn’t get the trophy. We need to keep believing as that is the most important thing.”

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