Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk tells FFT how he scored Carabao Cup winner on 'beautiful evening' vs Chelsea

Virgil van Dijk celebrates with the Carabao Cup trophy and his Man of the Match award after Liverpool's win over Chelsea in February 2024.
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Walking through the corridors of Wembley after the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, Virgil van Dijk was seen with a second trophy as he held the Man of the Match award under his arm. Two years ago, the defender was also chosen as the game's standout player. Back then, Chelsea had been the opponents in an extremely tight match which was won by Liverpool on penalties. This time around, spot-kicks seemed set to determine the outcome once again in another match-up of Reds versus Blues – but then the Dutchman headed home from a Kostas Tsimikas corner just before the end of extra time. 

With Liverpool missing many players for Sunday's game, several academy graduates played their part in the victory. It was a remarkable achievement. "I’m very happy of course and very proud of the team, on all the young players who have been very important in the last few weeks and they must continue to do so for the club," Van Dijk told FourFourTwo after the match. "And our goalkeeper who was also outstanding. It was a beautiful evening in the end.

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