A Young Boy Joined Liverpool Squad For Carabao Cup Trophy Lift After Alisson's Kind Gesture
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A young supporter was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to lift the Carabao Cup following Liverpool's dramatic penalty shoot-out win against Chelsea on Sunday night - and it was all thanks to Alisson Becker.
It was a tight affair at Wembley but after 120 minutes of action, Jurgen Klopp's side were crowned the winners after Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga blasted his penalty into Row Z.
Caoimhín Kelleher, who has been outstanding for the Reds this season, justified his selection with a cool finish to make it 11-10 and after the full-time whistle, captain Jordan Henderson made sure he fully embraced his achievement.
Love this. Jordan Henderson handed Caoimhin Kelleher the trophy, walked him over to the photographers, and told them to make sure they get good shots of the main man. Basically team spirit, trust, and appreciation all symbolised in a picture. pic.twitter.com/FD4v7lYYoB— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) February 27, 2022
It was a special night for not only Kelleher but another youngster. In fact, this kid was far younger than the Republic of Ireland international.
As the Liverpool squad climbed the famous steps at Wembley to collect their silverware, a young supporter managed to get himself amongst the players after his father asked goalkeeper Alisson to make his son's dreams come true.
The Brazilian goalkeeper agreed and plucked the lucky fan from the crowd. What happened next is what football is all about - check out Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk's reactions. Brilliant.
A young boy joined the Liverpool squad for their Carabao Cup trophy lift 🏆— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) February 27, 2022
A moment that the little lad will remember forever ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7Hkep0TQp0
After the final whistle, Jurgen Klopp explained the situation after being asked about their special guest. “Ali [Alisson] brought him over and his dad was shouting, ‘let him touch the trophy’,” the Liverpool manager told Sky Sports.
Klopp was full of praise for his team, especially 23-year-old goalkeeper Kelleher.
"It is so nice that it [his inclusion] paid off. He deserves it," the German said at full-time. "I am two things, a football manager and a human being and the human being won this time.
"He is a young boy, we ask him to do a lot, he starts playing in the competition and then we get to the final and I tell him he cannot play..." Klopp added.
"In professional football there should be space for sentiment. At the training centre we have a wall that all goalkeepers are on who won something and Caoimhin can go on it - that's how it should be - absolutely great."
This is why Jurgen Klopp is so loved and respected around the football world. Even in the most euphoric of moments he finds the right words. Brilliant. pic.twitter.com/yFQtgr243U— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) February 27, 2022
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Topics: Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, Carabao Cup, Chelsea, Alisson Becker