Jurgen Klopp wants his side to step towards immortality, urging to be remembered as winners, as Liverpool target EFL Cup on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp has been often criticized for prioritizing the Premier League and Champions League, often at the expense of the two domestic tournaments.
But this term, Liverpool are in contention of all four competitions after a remarkable turnaround in Premier League. Liverpool are just mere three points adrift of leaders Man City having been twelve points behind at one stage.
The current Liverpool squad is arguably the best Reds squad since the greats of the 1970s and 1980s. Moreover, Klopp understands winning trophies with this group of the squad will bring justice to the superb football the team plays.
Klopp said in the press conference:
We all know that in the moment the people are really happy [with this team],
But in 20 years if you want to talk about this team, I would not be surprised if people would then say if we don’t win anything anymore, ‘Yeah they were good, but they should have won more.
That’s why we should try now to win a few things. And the next chance, the best chance we have this weekend, is against Chelsea when it’s really tricky.
Moreover, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes victory at Wembley will be a perfect stepping stone for even greater success in the later stage of the season.
Speaking in the Pre-match press conference Henderson said:
It is a big moment. To get a trophy so early on in the season can give the squad a big boost.
We want to use it as a platform to give us a big confidence boost going towards the business end of the season.
Meanwhile, Henderson is the only player from Liverpool’s Previous victory in the EFL Cup final back in 2012.
Last time when Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp were in the EFL Cup final
Back in 2015, when Jurgen Klopp came to Anfield, the Liverpool side were a mediocre team. The team mostly relied upon a couple of star players to show their individual brilliance to win games.
But Klopp’s arrival led the team to take an upward surge. The Reds reached the EFL Cup final where they faced Manchester City. The game ended at 1-1 after 90 minutes with Fernandinho and Philippe Coutinho on the scoresheet.
The game didn’t break the deadlock even at the extra time. Therefore the tie was decided on penalties which ultimately Manchester City won 3-1 on penalties.
Fast forward to 2022, Since the loss in Wembley in 2016 Klopp has undertaken a considerable upgrade. And this time, Klopp’s men are ready to take on Chelsea in Sunday’s Final.
Of the players who will be in the squad for Sunday, only Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, and Divock Origi were around for the 2016 final.