Jurgen Klopp hopes to taste Carabao Cup glory for the first time as Liverpool face old rivals Chelsea in Sunday’s final at Wembley
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Klopp guided the Reds to European glory and ended Liverpool’s agonizing 30-year wait to claim the domestic crown during his time in charge.
Klopp has failed to replicate Liverpool’s success in Europe when it comes to British knockout competitions.
That is nothing new for the Premier League big boys, with the tendency to use teams weakened in cup competitions a feature in England long before Klopp arrived on Merseyside.
Klopp has confirmed he will make changes to Sunday’s game against Chelsea at Wembley, including a start for reserve goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher – and that is Kelleher and the next generation of the Reds, who could eventually bring Klopp some fortune in his bid for a stellar victory at Wembley.
The Irish goalkeeper has been named a number of times this year and has not looked out of place in representing Alisson Becker.
Kelleher’s impressive displays in the league were the main reason Klopp steered clear of his usually first-choice goalkeeper in the clash with Chelsea.
However, Kelleher is unlikely to be the only young gun Klopp calls upon in his bid to taste success at Wembley for the first time.
Despite a horrific ankle injury earlier this season, Elliott remains one of the biggest success stories at Anfield this term.
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Names like Kelleher and Elliott could be seen as the future at Anfield, but their impressive performances this year suggest that the next generation of Reds are willing to shine sooner rather than later.
At 25, Luis Diaz may be a bit older than Kelleher and Elliott, but he’s also a very important part of the Reds’ future plans.
If anyone looks ready to go unchallenged ahead of schedule, it’s the Colombian magician – and it’s hard to imagine Klopp not tossing his new, shiny £37m toy at straight to the big game on Sunday.
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Chelsea have rediscovered some form in recent weeks but they are yet to regain the swagger that once stood against Liverpool and City of Manchester at the top of the Premier League earlier in the season.
While Chelsea faltered, Liverpool warmed up mentally.
And the team’s young players have been a huge factor in that, with the likes of Kelleher and Elliott more than making money playing for silverware under the famous dome.
That is no doubt – and Klopp’s belief in the next generation of Reds will see him rewarded with Sunday’s long-awaited Wembley win.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-klopp-chelsea-cup-hoodoo-26339399 Liverpool's next generation could help Jurgen Klopp kick his trophy in Chelsea clash