Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has emphasized the importance of not taking achievements for granted after his team secured a place in the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea by overcoming Fulham. Holding a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, Liverpool secured the draw they needed at Craven Cottage to set up a Wembley final on February 25.
The match saw Luis Diaz provide an early lead for Liverpool, and despite Fulham’s equalizer from Issa Diop, the Reds held on to their overall lead. Klopp expressed his satisfaction with the victory and highlighted the enthusiasm within the team, especially the young players.
“The dressing room – they are over the moon, the young kids,” Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The stadium [Wembley] will be full blue and red – it is a good one. Coming here tonight and then going through is special. You can never take these things for granted.”
Klopp acknowledged that the game became more open after the first half-hour, but he praised his team for securing the win and looks forward to the Wembley final.
Liverpool is now into a record 14th League Cup final and is just 90 minutes away from potentially securing silverware after a trophyless 2022-23 season. Klopp’s team, currently leading the Premier League, is in contention for a domestic treble.
Despite Fulham’s commendable efforts, Liverpool remained in control until the 75th minute, weathering a nervy finale. Klopp’s squad depth was evident, with 191 changes to the starting 11 in all competitions this season, showcasing their strength in depth.
The manager also mentioned Andy Robertson’s return to the squad as an unused substitute, marking his involvement for the first time since a shoulder injury in October.
Fulham, aiming to reach the final for the first time, had moments of promise, but Liverpool held firm to secure their place at Wembley. Fulham manager Marco Silva acknowledged the learning experience for his relatively inexperienced players in high-stakes competitions.
“I felt like they were much calmer than us, and to them, it was just another game,” said Silva. “With most of our players, it is new to them to play in a semi-final of this competition. I think the club is going to grow in these types of moments, and the players as well.”