Alex Rogers reviews Liverpool’s chances of success in the English Football League Cup this season.
Can Liverpool win the EFL Cup? Yes, Liverpool definitely can win the EFL Cup, there’s no doubt about that. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if some betting companies tipped Liverpool to win it. It feels good to be a force again.
After knocking Tottenham out on Tuesday, it meant that the Reds progressed into the quarter-finals for the second time under Klopp.
Despite both Liverpool and Tottenham playing relatively young teams, Liverpool’s youngsters were significantly better, dominating the game for the majority of the game. So many positives can be taken from that game. Sturridge playing like the old Sturridge, grabbing himself a brace, Ings returning to the senior team and very nearly scoring on his return and Divock playing like an absolute machine doing some Ronaldo chops, drag backs and in general making life hell for the Tottenham defence to the joy of the Liverpool faithful who chanted the Belgian’s name loud and proud more than once.
Yes, it was a fantastic win over Spurs, who we’ve made a habit of beating over the last few years and in our next game we come up against an old rival, Leeds.
Coming up against Leeds is actually one of the best draws we could’ve had considering some of the remaining teams in the competition are considerably better, Arsenal probably being our biggest threat to our chance of silverware, along with Manchester Utd.
Saying that, if this competition has proven anything over the years, you should not underestimate your opposition, any team can be a match for any team. But on the other hand, even though I’m afraid I may jinx it, I’m fairly confident that we will win against Leeds.
If we were to beat Leeds, we have the chance to face either Man Utd, Arsenal, West Ham, Southampton, Hull or Newcastle in the semi-final. Some big names in there, but, every single one of them is beatable. Our two biggest threats, Arsenal and Man Utd, we’ve already played this season, beating Arsenal and we were desperately unlucky not to beat Man Utd.
Last time we played Southampton in this competition, we won 6-1. What a game that was, I have so much nostalgia over that game. It was one of Klopp’s earlier demolitions of an opposing team in his reign and when I truly fell in love with him for real.
Anyway, back on topic, Newcastle is a threat, a bigger threat than is probably expected. Rafa Benitez has made the Toon Army a real force in the Championship, only losing once in the league so far. As much as it would be a great game to play against Rafa’s team, I’d much rather avoid them in this cup run.
Hull, on the other hand, is a team I’d much rather play despite being in a league above Newcastle. Hull isn’t doing too well this season, in fact, when we played them last month we beat them 5-1. Nice.
West Ham can’t seem to find the same good form they had in the league last season, sitting at a lowly 15th in the table, but they did just knock Chelsea out of the running which is no easy feat, no matter who you are. West Ham is a team to be wary of.
I’ve got such a good feeling about the EFL Cup this year and I would not be surprised in the slightest if it were to be Klopp’s first piece of silverware at Liverpool. But until then, one game at a time. One game at a time.
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