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Klopp criticizes referee after Liverpool's Carabao Cup triumph amidst injury woes

Posted : 26 February 2024

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp criticized referee Chris Kavanagh for not taking action against Moisés Caicedo's tackle on Ryan Gravenberch in the Carabao Cup final. Gravenberch was stretchered off after a challenge on his ankle, but the referee waved play on, and VAR did not intervene.


Klopp expressed surprise that the incident was not reviewed, adding to Liverpool's injury concerns with 11 senior players already unavailable. Despite the challenges, Liverpool secured a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with Virgil van Dijk's late goal setting the stage for a potential quadruple in Klopp's farewell season.


Klopp expressed frustration with the referee, stating, "There were two teams fighting very hard, and the referee didn't have the level of the game." He criticized the decision not to give a card for Caicedo's challenge, emphasizing its severity.


Gravenberch's injury adds to Liverpool's squad strain, and Klopp admitted to potential difficulties in naming a team for the upcoming FA Cup fifth-round clash against Southampton. Despite the challenges, Klopp praised his team's character and determination, highlighting the contribution of young players in Liverpool's victory.


The win in the Carabao Cup final marked the beginning of Liverpool's pursuit of four potential trophies in Klopp's final season as manager. Klopp acknowledged the team's fortunate moments but commended the squad's character and the contributions of youngsters.


He expressed pride in being part of the remarkable achievement, emphasizing that the team deserved the victory. Looking ahead, Klopp acknowledged the demanding schedule in English football but emphasized the team's commitment to competing for every opportunity and dealing with the challenges that come their way.


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