Gary Lineker issued a six-word conclusion after Liverpool beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final

According to, football commentator Gary Lineker has provided a brief assessment of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk following their Carabao Cup final victory against Chelsea.

Liverpool won the cup for the tenth time in club history, 1-0 in extra time, with Van Dijk scoring the game-winning goal. During normal play, Van Dijk felt he had scored from an Andy Robertson corner, but the play was called off by VAR owing to an offside player impeding a free kick.

However, Van Dijk and Liverpool scored the winning goal in the Carabao Cup final. Shortly after the winning header, Lineker expressed his admiration for the Liverpool captain on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“He’s an absolute boss is @VirgilvDijk,” said the Match of the Day host. The encounter was not without controversy, as Ryan Gravenberch was carried off the field in the first half with what seemed to be an ankle injury after a tackle by Moises Caicedo.

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Only five Liverpool players from their 4-1 victory over Chelsea at Anfield less than four weeks ago started at Wembley, with six academy graduates aged 21 and under on the bench, including 16-year-old midfielder Trey Nyoni.

Jurgen Klopp made extensive use of his substitutes throughout the game, with key players such as James McConnell, Bobby Clark, Jayden Danns, and Jarell Quansah all receiving a run in the second half of extra time. Before the game even began, Klopp had to deal with a long injury list. Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Dominik Szoboszlai, Curtis Jones, Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Ben Doak were all sidelined with injury.

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