Liverpool’s last silverware came in 2012, when Kenny Dalglish’s side won the League Cup—then sponsored by Carling rather than Capital One. They’ve flirted with trophies since then, including the league title in 2013-14, but haven’t quite been able to get past the final hurdle in the four years since.
A two-legged semi-final against Stoke City ahead of a League Cup final against either Everton or Manchester City offer the Reds their best chance yet to break that trophy drought, and young winger Jordon Ibe is hoping to play a major role in bringing a record ninth League Cup back to Liverpool in the coming months.
"It’s massive," the 20-year-old told the club’s official website today ahead of the team’s trip to the Britannia. "The club has not won a cup in a few years so it’s vital for us to try and win one. I could also build confidence in the other cups we’ve got and the Premier League. It’ll give us the confidence to do better."
Hopes for league success seem a long shot at best, with Liverpool likely to need around two points per game the rest of the way to be in contention for the Champions League places come the end of the season. Things look better in the cups, though, where they kick off their FA Cup campaign this Friday against Exeter City.
They’re also set to return to action in the Europa League next month with a two-legged Round of 32 tie with German side FC Augsburg on February 18th and 25th. The priority, though, and the most likely route to silverware this season, lies in the League Cup today and in the return leg on January 26th.
"It seems like we’re so close," added Ibe. "Two games until Wembley and we’re so close to actually winning a cup for Liverpool. You’ve seen in previous games [Stoke] are tough to break down, so it will be an exciting game. Hopefully we can get the win we need, win the home game, and get to Wembley."