Mauricio Pochettino makes Liverpool plea and hits back at Gary Neville over Chelsea jibe

Mauricio Pochettino has reacted after his Chelsea side were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Pochettino wants Chelsea to emulate Liverpool, insisting they ‘need to feel the pain’.

Virgil van Dijk’s 118th-minute header clinched victory for Jurgen Klopp’s heavily-depleted Liverpool side at Wembley on Sunday evening.

The Reds came into the game without 11 senior players, saw Ryan Gravenberch stretchered off in the first half, while both the Dutchman and Wataru Endo left the stadium on crutches and in protective boots.

Despite such adversity, Liverpool emerged victorious to win the eighth trophy of Klopp’s reign. Yet Pochettino would use the Reds’ defeats in the 2016 League Cup and Europa League Cup finals and 2018 Champions League finals in the German’s first finals as motivation for his own side following their loss at Wembley.

“They need to feel the pain like us,” the Argentine said of Chelsea.

“And of course to realise we need to work more, we need to do better things, we need to improve. To compete at this level against a team that is in the last six or seven years is competing for things.

“It’s about to arrive here first and then feel what it means to play for a big trophy. I remember after three or four years, Liverpool lost the Champions League, lost the Europa League, and they believe in the project and in the next season were stronger until they got what they wanted.

“That is a good example, Liverpool, if we want to challenge a team like Liverpool, it’s not to be frustrated today because we didn’t get the trophy. It’s about to take the example to keep believing, that is the most important thing.”

Meanwhile, Pochettino would also defend his side after Gary Neville had accused Chelsea of ‘bottling it’ on commentary duty for Sky Sports.

“We are a young team. Nothing to compare with Liverpool because they also finished with young players,” he conceded. “It’s impossible to compare.

“And he (Neville) knows that the dynamics are completely different. We were playing today Liverpool and Chelsea, Chelsea and Liverpool, and I don’t think it’s fair to speak in this way.

“We are going to keep strong, believe in this project and see what we can do in the future.”



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