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Klopp delighted as Liverpool reach ‘special place’ Wembley with Fulham win

Liverpool will face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final after drawing 1-1 with Fulham to progress on aggregate at Craven Cottage.

The Reds held a 2-1 lead from the first leg at Anfield and put themselves further in control of the tie when Luis Diaz opened the scoring in West London.

 

The Colombian’s deflected effort beat Bernd Leno at his near post to hand the visitors the lead after 11 minutes and it ultimately proved to be the decisive moment in the second leg.

Issa Diop pulled one back for Fulham, who deserved their equaliser on the night, to set up a nervy finish for Liverpool, but Klopp’s men held on to set up a final date with Chelsea at Wembley next month.

“It is fantastic. We had the experience before, we know what to expect. Again Chelsea wow what a story that is,” Klopp said to Sky Sports.

“You should never take for granted if you are part of the team who can qualify for trophies.

“This was the full cup experience. Open game, second half they started a bit wilder. We don’t score. They got the equaliser. But the boys did really well and I am really happy.

“The only thing that counts in the end is that we are through,. The very young ones have been incredible, so happy to see their reaction in the dressing room.

“They are all exceptional and they all worked extremely hard. This was not the night to shine, this was the night to qualify for a final. You heard from Marco Silva how much reaching a final would mean for Fulham, we had to prove and we did.

“Everything great about the Carabao Cup final. Around that we have to be focused on all the other competitions as well and that is what we will do.

“It is so perfect. Wembley is a special place and I am really happy for everyone involved they can have that experience.”

The win means Liverpool remain competing on four fronts this season, with the Reds five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Merseysiders face Norwich in the FA Cup fourth round at the weekend, while Klopp’s side have also secured passage to the Europa League’s last 16.

Chelsea will be a familiar opponent for Liverpool in the Carabao Cup decider, with the teams having contested the 2022 League Cup final. Liverpool won that game, and the trophy, after a penalty shootout.

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