Liverpool might not have European football this season but can try to push for success in domestic cups. Jürgen Klopp steered Liverpool to two cup finals last season in the League Cup and Europa League, and although victory proved elusive in both, those experiences can assist the Reds this season.
"We decided directly after the game against City that we should try again. That’s all," Klopp said. "It would be a sign, a little bit of a negative sign, if you need to lose a final to want to win it next year. It’s a very, very interesting tournament, a very big cup tournament, and that's the reason why we want to go to the final.
"When we are in the final next time we want to win it, of course, and nobody should be worried about this. I did not know anything about the final before, it's not too easy to see these finals in Germany. When I was there, [I saw] it's a real final, that's really good. It was a great experience for all of us, it was close, it was a good game, so everything was like it should be apart from the result."
Finding a way past Tottenham Hotspur would be a hugely positive result even with home advantage. Mauricio Pochettino will shuffle his pack as his side enters a run of four tough games before the international break. Any experience Liverpool can bring from last season will help, but there may be squad players who will be entrusted with such a task in front of an expectant Anfield crowd.
Both Klopp and Pochettino have found it difficult to best each other with similar predilections for hard running and pressing. Three draws in three league meetings with the two in charge suggest that a close and entertaining tie could be on the menu tomorrow. Klopp, however, is looking for to exploit every advantage possible to secure victory tomorrow.
"They are still good. Good in defending, good in attacking, not a lot of weaknesses," Klopp added. "It will be close but that's no problem, it makes it exciting. It’s again, what I said after the [West Brom] game about the atmosphere, I think everybody who was there thought something was different today.
"We are not four, five, six nil in the lead but the atmosphere was really fantastic and that’s what we have to try to create again. All the other teams will make as many problems for us as possible but being really in the game as a team and a crowd that’s the thing we can still improve. Creating a real Liverpool atmosphere more often, or always, that’s the challenge for all of us."