Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool will try to win the EFL cup this season despite defeat in the final last season.
Last season, in what was his first campaign as manager, Jürgen Klopp lead Liverpool to two cup finals, unfortunately losing both. One of them was the newly named EFL cup, which the Reds lost to Manchester City through penalties at Wembley Stadium. Despite that defeat, Klopp insists his side will once again be on the hunt for silverware this season and the EFL cup will certainly be a target.
“Did you have the feeling last year that we didn’t want the League Cup? How can we be more than 100 percent ambitious?” Klopp told a news conference at Melwood on Monday, according to ESPN FC.
“We cannot replace European football, we want to be as successful as possible. And when we say we want to fight for everything then of course the League Cup is involved.
“Last year, we were in the final, it was nice. The result was not too nice but for all Liverpool supporters it was a nice game until the final whistle after the penalty shootout.”
The German also says that the importance of the League Cup shouldn’t be measured by the absence of European football for his side and that the Reds will continue progressing with each round.
“We are professionals so it’s the next opportunity for us to get a result, even when it’s not for the table. It’s not about not being in Europe that the cup is important — it’s important. We have to take what we get. If we get through to the next round, we will not stop.”
Liverpool begin their campaign tonight in the second round at Championship outfit Burton Albion. After succumbing to their first loss of the season at Burnley during the weekend, Klopp is set to hand a number of his stars the opportunity to redeem themselves as he revealed during the press briefing that he doesn’t expect to make a large number of changes to his line-up.
The German’s confidence towards the competition can only be a positive for both fans and the squad as the Merseyside club has gone at least four years without a competitive trophy. Obviously reaching Wembley again and going one better won’t be any easier this time but Klopp’s men will look to overcome the odds and finally bring a trophy to Anfield.