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Marco Silva makes honest Liverpool admission after ’emotional’ Fulham defeat

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Liverpool will face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley in February after beating Fulham 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

Fulham boss Marco Silva admitted Liverpool deserved its place in the Carabao Cup final. That comes after his side’s narrow semi-final defeat.

The Reds will return to Wembley next month after a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage earned them a 3-2 win on aggregate. Luis Díaz’s early goal set them on their way after Cody Gakpo and Curtis Jones had secured a 2-1 win at Anfield two weeks ago.

The tie wasn’t without its perils for Jürgen Klopp’s side though. Fulham had taken the lead on Merseyside, and threatened to take the game to extra-time in London after Issa Diop’s late goal sprung the game back into life.

It’s Liverpool though that will take on Chelsea once again for the first piece of domestic silverware this season at Wembley. And there were few complaints from Silva after the game.

“We have to be proud of the way we played in the games in this competition,” Silva told Sky Sports. “We know the quality of the opposition we faced.

“Overall it wasn’t our best performance at home, probably the emotion of the game and after conceding so early hard to settle. Overall I believe Liverpool played better than us but our commitment and attitude was always there.

“We tried until the end. After our goal it became a proper cup tie and emotional as well. We hit the woodwork but unfortunately didn’t score again and Liverpool go through to the final.

“We were not clinical, even the game away from home. In these types of games and these types of sides you have to be ruthless.

“We are always improving. Last season our Carabao Cup journey was not good at all. We have to grow and get used to these types of moments.”

Liverpool.com says: An honest assessment from Silva, and to be fair to Fulham, they have given Liverpool a tough time in all three meetings so far this season. Even when the second leg seemed to be meandering toward a conclusion, they managed to claw something back and make the Reds sweat a bit.

Perhaps on another occasion Fulham would have made Liverpool pay more, but the Reds did enough to book their place in the final and continue their superb form to start 2024. Silva’s side though showed Liverpool won’t have it all its own way as t hunts down four trophies this season, and with another trip to Craven Cottage still to come in the Premier League, the Reds can’t afford to let their standards slip even a bit.

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