Liverpool could take a lesson from Manchester City in the Carabao Cup – if they’re confident.
The Carabao Cup is comfortably the lowest priority for the top six sides. They usually disregard it entirely and success in it counts for little.
Some see exiting early as a good thing, in fact. It allows more rest and focus for the other more important competitions, they say.
Only, the league champions have lifted the last two trophies. Pep Guardiola’s City haven’t found it difficult to compete in the League Cup as well as the Premier League whatsoever.
Is that something Liverpool should look at? Do the extra games actually help the side, allowing for a little more flexibility and rotation?
The Reds face MK Dons on Tuesday and we think they’ll rotate heavily. They have little choice this time, however – they’ve just faced away games at Napoli and Chelsea with their first team.
But going forward, it may be worth taking it seriously. It is a trophy, after all, while the last three winners pushed on to win further silverware that season.
It’s something Liverpool should consider and maybe a lesson they could learn from City. Winning it is far from the curse it used to seem – it may be a big positive, instead.