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By Charles Cornwall

 Bradley facing Chilwell
Bradley facing Chilwell
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Although this latest Carabao Cup title for Liverpool will always have as its first memory that headed goal by Virgil van Dijk, it is true that the background of the match had many more protagonists than just that shot by the Dutch defender, being a crucial factor those saves by Irishman Kaoimhin Kelleher as well as the safe participation of the young players who had a place after the huge list of absences that exist at the moment.

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It was precisely the younger players who caused the most noise during and after the game, because the great security of facing an opponent full of great figures was not easy for many of them, as no one could imagine that an element with so little experience as Conor Bradley could be able to stop the advances of rivals like Raheen Sterling or attempts of fast and deep moves that Enzo Fernandez tried.

Even though Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez were not on the pitch, Jayden Danns provided that sense of danger in the opposition box, with a great postcard during the match reflecting the good intervention of the Reds youngsters with a direct confrontation between Bradley and Ben Chilwell, there being a big difference in terms of trajectory, but not so on the pitch where the Reds player was up to the task, just as Alexander Arnold would have been had he not been injured.

The great use of the young players trained in lower categories was reflected during the match, each one of them understanding the great responsibility they had on their hands as Klopp and the fans relied on those skills that made even a match that found its resolution until practically the end of the extra time, The team's top brass should be in total calm as Jürgen's successor will have a great foundation with emerging stars such as Bobby Clark, James McConnell, Jayden Danns, Jarell Quansah, Conor Bradley, Harvey Elliot and even a Stefan Bajcetic who could be seen during the celebrations at Wembley.

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As long as the team is not fully recovered due to the large number of injuries they have at the moment, the German coach will most likely continue to use these boys who made a good impression in their first final with the team, with the Premier League becoming one of the top priorities as the match against Manchester City will soon take place, a clash that could determine who will be the owner of the trophy this year.

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