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Pep Guardiola aims hilarious dig at Liverpool over Carabao Cup final celebrations

Pep Guardiola aims hilarious dig at Liverpool over Carabao Cup final celebrations

Guardiola has had his say.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola took aim at Liverpool following their Carabao Cup final celebrations - in brilliant fashion.

The Reds lifted their third Carabao Cup in three seasons with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

Virgil van Dijk's 118th-minute header was the difference between the two sides, as Liverpool ended the contest with five players aged 21 or under on the pitch.

Reds players were therefore jubilant after the victory, with Klopp himself calling it 'easily the most special trophy I have ever won' in his career as a manager.

And Guardiola referenced his own first team coach when making a hilarious dig at Liverpool's celebrations.

You can watch the clip below.

He said: "I still remember when I arrived at City, Brian Kidd told me: 'Carabao Cup, don't pay attention! Play young players, nobody cares.'

"Sir Alex Ferguson was always, 'Eugh, it doesn't matter'.

"Phwoar, I don't know what happened in the last years!"

The Carabao Cup isn't usually held in as much gravitas as the FA Cup, which is regarded as England's most prestigious competition.

In the past, numerous managers have been criticised for fielding perceived weaker teams in the competition, as players are rested with one eye on other competitors.

Often, meanwhile, Carabao Cup matches are placed inbetween busy schedules, with a combination of injuries and a packed fixture list meaning managers are often forced to rotate their sides.

In fact, before a match against Newcastle in September following international duty, Guardiola joked that he may end up having to play due to fitness issues in his squad.

Meanwhile, the 120 minutes at Wembley came at a small cost for Liverpool, with midfielder Wataru Endo leaving the ground wearing a protective boot and Ryan Gravenberch going off on a stretcher following a mistimed tackle from Moises Caicedo.

Luis Diaz and Harvey Elliott, who both played the full match, are also suffering from fitness issues ahead of Wednesday's FA Cup fifth round clash against Southampton.

But Klopp summed it up by saying: "I have no idea who can play on Wednesday, but for tonight [Sunday], it is a night I will never forget."

Featured Image Credit: Getty / Hayters TV

Topics: Pep Guardiola, Liverpool, Manchester City, Football, Carabao Cup