Liverpool have established themselves as the team to beat in English football at the moment. The Reds have lifted the Premier League and Champions League trophies in the last year and a bit, showing a remarkable consistency throughout their past couple of campaigns. However, the club have neglected the domestic cups. Liverpool should look to end the Man City dominance of the EFL Cup.
Liverpool history in the cup
Liverpool have won the EFL Cup more than any other side.
The Reds have a record eight wins and have been runners up on four occasions.
The club haven’t lifted the trophy for eight years now, last winning it in 2012 under the stewardship of Kenny Dalglish.
Manchester City streak
Man City have won the league cup for the past three seasons on the bounce.
The Citizens have dominated the trophy due to the quality in depth in their squad, they have spent so much on bench players that their backup brigade can easily win the competition.
This is due to top sides more often than not using their second string in the competition, a theme that has become more common in recent seasons as qualifying for Europe became a richer and richer prize.
Liverpool should end Man City EFL Cup streak
This week City beat Burnley 3-0 in the EFL Cup fourth round.
Pep Guardiola fielded an incredibly strong side for the tie, picking Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling to name but two regular starters who made the lineup.
This was a clear statement of intent from Guardiola. When we compare this with last season, in the same round he picked four academy prospects in the starting lineup, bringing another one on in the second half.
If the Reds really want to end City’s period of dominance at the top of English football they should take the trophy from them that they have won with such ease in recent seasons.
City have signalled that they’re going to attack the competition this season, we should go toe to toe with them. We should prevent them drawing level with our record, we should prevent them performing a four-peat.
The Reds need to start sweeping up on all fronts, there’s no better place to start than the EFL Cup.