Carabao Cup Final: Pochettino Urges Referees to Stay Firm Against Klopp’s Farewell

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Mauricio Pochettino has urged referee Chris Kavanagh to ensure fair treatment for Chelsea in the upcoming Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

He cited Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea at Anfield in January as an instance where he believes Jurgen Klopp’s team benefited from favorable decisions.

While acknowledging Liverpool’s superiority, Pochettino emphasized two “clear” penalties he believed Chelsea deserved during their match at Anfield. He also suggested that many of the closer 50/50 decisions favored Liverpool.

With Klopp’s impending departure from Anfield at the end of the season, Pochettino expressed concern that Liverpool might continue to benefit from refereeing decisions, as he informed reporters during his pre-match press conference.

“I think we need to be sure we are going to compete and be fair in every single decision. When we played against Liverpool at Anfield, I think not one key decision was for us. Two penalties were not given. Duels, 50/50s, always for another colour. Always red. I want to be treated in a fair way.

“I am the first who is going to say that Liverpool is amazing and Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world. But I think after my last experience playing [at Anfield], what I want in Wembley is to play a game at the same level and the best team will win.

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“Liverpool were better than us, of course. But the first decision after five minutes was a clear penalty. In the second half it was a penalty on Christopher Nkunku. We are Chelsea and we need to compete with the same tools. If they are better well done and we congratulate them, but be fair in every single decision. The pressure is about not delivering the job for Klopp, no, the pressure is not to be part of the [hype].”

As Klopp prepares for what could be his last game at Wembley, having announced his intention to step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season, there’s an emotional aspect to his farewell given his significant impact in restoring Liverpool to the top of European football.

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