Liverpool supporters could be excused for dreaming of silverware this year, after coming oh-so-close on two occasions last campaign. Obviously there’s no shot at European glory this year, but the League Cup? Yeah, we could win the League Cup. After all it is “our” competition—no club comes close to our 8 wins and 12 finals.
“There was unfinished business before we started the tournament again,” Jürgen Klopp told the club’s official website. “It’s not only unfinished business because we lost in the final – you can’t say that just because you were in the final last year then it’s your logical role to be the next winner! We have to do a lot for it.”
The Reds have more or less cruised through the first four rounds of the competition, but they still have a lot more work to do if they want to right the wrong from last year. However, unlike last year Liverpool are doing exceptionally well in the league, currently level on points with Arsenal and Manchester City for the lead. Klopp is, naturally, well aware of the situation.
“We have different jobs to do – we need to be ready for the next Premier League game. And we need to keep one eye on the situation of the players [with injuries]. So we need to stay awake, we need to stay on track, and then a lot of things could be possible for us.
“Now it’s the quarter-final. We don’t dream, but we’ll be ready again in November.”
The November fixture in question—a home showdown with Leads United, sandwiched between Sunderland and Bournemouth—comes in the middle of a long string of mid-to-lower table clubs. It is a run where Liverpool will be hoping (if not expecting) to earn the maximum number of points with each fixture.
Of all the remaining clubs in the competition Leeds are the lowest down the table, currently residing in 10th in the Championship. It will be interesting to see how Klopp approaches this game, especially with Tottenham, Chelsea, and Manchester City already eliminated from the competition.