Mauricio Pochettino makes a Liverpool plea and fires back at Gary Neville after the Chelsea jibe

According to the report, Mauricio Pochettino wants his Chelsea team to mimic Liverpool, saying they ‘need to experience the agony’ after losing 1-0 to the Reds in the Carabao Cup final.

Virgil van Dijk’s 118th-minute header secured victory for Jurgen Klopp’s seriously weakened Liverpool team at Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening. The Reds entered the game without 11 senior players, and Ryan Gravenberch was stretchered off in the first half, with both the Dutchman and Wataru Endo leaving the stadium on crutches and wearing protective boots.

Despite the odds, Liverpool triumphed, winning their seventh trophy under Klopp’s leadership. However, Pochettino would use the Reds’ failures in the 2016 League Cup and Europa League Cup finals, as well as the 2018 Champions League finals, as incentive for his own team following their Wembley setback.

“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.

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“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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