Liverpool can clinch another piece of silverware today – and Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Nottingham Forest and Steve Cooper after beating them on their way to the final.
Liverpool take on Chelsea in today’s FA Cup final and will be hoping to make it two domestic trophies from two.
The Reds overcame Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final back in February and can repeat the trick today.
Liverpool’s road to the final hasn’t been all that easy. Shrewsbury Town, Cardiff City and Norwich City were all swatted aside.
Then came Liverpool’s trip to the City Ground.
Liverpool certainly found it difficult against Forest as they chased a place in the semi-finals.
Forest fans created a superb atmosphere and were incredibly proud of how Cooper’s men performed.
Philip Zinckernagel had a golden chance to put Forest ahead but fired wide – and was made to pay for his miss.
Diogo Jota swooped to score, sending Liverpool through with a 1-0 victory.
Liverpool absolutely knew they were in a game though and Forest earned praise from the likes of Jermaine Jenas.
That game left many away from Nottingham wondering just what it would be like to see Forest back in the Premier League.
That is now a real possibility as Forest prepare to face Sheffield United in the Championship playoffs just hours before Liverpool’s FA Cup final.
Klopp has now reflected on Liverpool’s passage to the final and took the time to praise Forest and Cooper.
Klopp told Liverpool’s official website that facing Forest was ‘absolutely incredibly difficult’.
The German added that Forest are ‘obviously flying’ under former Liverpool coach Cooper, highlighting the enormous impact he has made at the City Ground.
“You’re right, Nottingham, for example, was absolutely incredibly difficult,” said Klopp. “We knew it before. Nottingham obviously flying under Steve Cooper, playing a super season, maybe didn’t start that well but then since Steve is there,” he added.
The hope is that Forest can go up through the playoffs and meet Liverpool in the Premier League next season, with fans no doubt keen to have another go at the Reds.