Jurgen Klopp was delighted his Liverpool facet matched Fulham’s need to succeed in the Carabao Cup closing after the Reds secured their place at Wembley with a spirited 1-1 second-leg draw at Craven Cottage.
Luis Diaz put the Reds within the driving seat within the first half and regardless of Issa Diop’s 76th minute equaliser giving Fulham late hope, Liverpool sealed a 3-2 combination win after their 2-1 victory at Anfield earlier this month.
Klopp lauded his facet’s spirit within the late levels as they now prepared themselves for a repeat of the 2022 closing in opposition to Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea.
“We were just ready for this game and that’s the most important thing. I saw Marco Silva’s press conference and we know what this game meant to them and so I told the boys we have to also show it,” Klopp mentioned.
“We had to show it to the outside world that we wanted it as much as them and I saw that.
“We had to get over the line and we did. It feels great, we are really happy, the boys wanted it and they got it and so we have 10 games to play before the final in four weeks or so. We are looking forward to Wembley.”
Liverpool defeated Chelsea in each the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals two years in the past and Klopp believes the Blues shall be motivated to get their revenge.
He added: “It will be a big one but we all know it’s against Chelsea. They will want to put history right after playing us twice two years ago.”
Diaz was fast to react and beat Timothy Castagne within the air earlier than a deflected strike bought previous Bernd Leno at his close to submit.
The Liverpool boss talked up the winger’s influence after his standout efficiency on the night time.
Klopp mentioned: “He was very good. He’s a fantastic player and I have absolutely no criticism of him but I wish he set up the second and scored the third.
“The speed and the power he can generate, the technique and the combination of that is outstanding so I’m really happy.”
Fulham dug deep to attempt to drive the sport into extra-time however their earlier missed alternatives pissed off Silva come full time.
Silva believes Liverpool’s expertise in large video games was the distinction maker between the 2 sides.
He mentioned: “Tonight I felt like they were much calmer than us and to them it was just another game. With most of our players it is new to them to play in a semi-final of this competition and it is what it is.
“I think the club is going to grow in these type of moments and the players as well.”