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Jürgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s Carabao Cup triumph as the most special trophy of his 23-year career in management and proof, to play on the old Alan Hansen quote, that you can win something with children.

Cheap Liverpool football shirts kids were depleted going into the final against Chelsea and had further injury concerns when Ryan Gravenberch was taken off on a stretcher after 28 minutes following a bad tackle by Moisés Caicedo. Wataru Endo also left Wembley on crutches after suffering an ankle injury in a tackle with the same Chelsea midfielder.

Klopp finished the final with inexperienced youngsters Jayden Danns, James McConnell, Bobby Clark and Jarell Quansah on the pitch.

But Cheap Liverpool football shirts ended on top with captain Virgil van Dijk’s header sealing a record 10th League Cup triumph late in extra time. The Liverpool coach, who stepped up to lift the trophy with Van Dijk in his final season in charge, said: “What we see here today is exceptional. We may never see it again. These things don’t happen in football. I was told that there is an English phrase – you don’t win trophies with children – I didn’t know that.

Klopp praises Liverpool victory – most special, memory forever

“In more than 20 years, it is easily the most special trophy I have ever won. It’s absolutely exceptional. Sometimes people ask me if I’m proud of things and it’s really tricky, I wish I could feel pride more often. But tonight is an overwhelming feeling. I was proud of everyone involved in everything here, I was proud of our people for how they pushed us, I was proud of the staff for creating this kind of atmosphere where these boys can just do what they do best. I was proud of our academy, I was proud of my coaches, I was proud of so many things.

“It was completely overwhelming. It had nothing to do with it maybe being my last game at Wembley. It was really because of how everyone contributed. Seeing the faces after the kids’ game, Jayden Danns… can you create football stories that definitely no one will ever forget? It is so difficult. If you find the same story with academy players coming against a top, top team and still winning it, I’ve never heard of it.”

While filled with pride in his young team, Klopp was upset by referee Chris Kavanagh’s performance and appeared to ignore his offer of a handshake after the game. The Liverpool coach said: “I couldn’t care less about my legacy. As a manager of a football club, I am there to do the job. It’s not a problem if a manager leaves, if these people were to leave, our supporters, that would be a problem. As long as they are the way they are Cheap Liverpool football shirts ladies Football Club to survive and that is the most important thing.

“Once in a while you need something to really celebrate. Come on, this was so special. You saw the game, you saw the circumstances, we had problems before the game, they got bigger during the game. We had a referee who was not up to the level of the game, who did not help one team or the other, it was just: ‘What did he see? What is that?’ There was no common sense again, for referees it’s something I’m not sure they teach or ask for, it’s just not there.

“So get through everything. You see tired players. I have no idea who can play on Wednesday [against Southampton in the FA Cup] because we have players on the pitch until the end of the game who had problems. We asked Harvey [Elliott] and Lucho [Luis Díaz] to lie down and not go back anymore. Tonight is a night I will never forget. It’s a really nice memory forever.”

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