This Liverpool juggernaut lives to compete for every award – The Athletic

Tears from Thiago at the sight of a delighted Jurgen Klopp dancing to Dua Lipa’s hit song One Kiss on the Wembley turf – an intense and frantic Carabao Cup final laced with drama ended happily for Liverpool with the return of Jordan Henderson’s trophy. while the ticker was raining.

The club’s first domestic cup triumph in a decade and a case of third chance for Klopp under that giant arch after losing the 2013 Champions League final to Bayern Munich as manager of Borussia Dortmund, as well as the final of the 2016 League Cup against Manchester City.

The celebrations after Kepa Arrizabalaga skied the 22nd penalty in a mad shootout went wild as goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher disappeared under a sea of ​​bodies. Andy Robertson was soon riding on the back of Ibrahima Konate.

When the players returned to the pitch and crowded around their captain on the makeshift podium, Klopp spotted his behind-the-scenes team huddled to the side and waved frantically to get involved. The message was clear: that they are all part of it. As the banner on the Kop proudly declares, “Unity is strength”.

Henderson delivered the loot into Kelleher’s hands and led it past the hordes of photographers. Henderson stepped back and applauded the young Irishman, who adamantly repaid Klopp’s faith on the biggest day of his career with a string of top-notch saves before keeping his composure to score from the spot.

Yes, Liverpool have bigger prizes in their sights this season. Yes, they gained more expensive pieces of silverware during the reign of the Germans. But it was hugely important both because of what he represents now and what he could do for Klopp’s dynamic squad over the next few months.

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