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'We'll go for it' - Liverpool aim to complete first leg of quadruple

Liverpool head into Sunday's Carabao Cup final aiming to win the first of a potential four trophies this season, while Chelsea target their first domestic trophy for six years.

The game is a rematch of both the Carabao and FA Cup finals of 2022, with Liverpool winning both on penalties.

The Reds lead the Premier League by four points and are into the Europa League last 16 and FA Cup fifth round.

"We'll go for it," said Liverpool's assistant manager Pep Lijnders.

"It's a special game. Special games need special performances so we have to focus on the performance."

With Lijnders and manager Jurgen Klopp set to leave Anfield this summer, Liverpool fans are eager for them to enjoy a triumphant send-off having already won six major honours since they arrived in 2015.

"Our philosophy is to give joy and emotions to the fans," added Ljinders. "I'm really happy that we can give at least a final to start with."

Defender Virgil van Dijk, who will captain the Reds in a Wembley final for the first time on Sunday, said: "We want to make it a special day and get our first trophy of the season.

"The end of the season will probably be very emotional for a lot of people, including the manager, but we are not there yet. We shouldn't look too far ahead, we should look at what is in front of us."

Chelsea: What would silverware mean for Mauricio Pochettino?

Chelsea's last domestic trophy was the 2018 FA Cup, although they won four international honours after that, the most recent being the Club World Cup in February 2022 - two weeks before they lost to Liverpool in the 2022 Carabao Cup final.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino, who took charge at Stamford Bridge last summer, can win his first prize in England after previous spells in charge of Southampton and Tottenham.

"It means a lot for us, the coaching staff, to get to the final and challenge a team like Liverpool," said the Argentine, who led Tottenham to the 2019 Champions League final where they lost to Liverpool.

"It's a dream for us, we have the opportunity and we are going to fight. I think the team is ready and we're going to be very competitive."


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