Will Liverpool's League Cup runneth over?
Capital One Cup Final special
By Wayne Psaila
The tin cup. The worthless cup. The meaningless cup.
Some of the words that most fans, sadly these days associate with the Capital One Cup - or League Cup as it’s more commonly known.
This weekend Liverpool will be making a record 12th appearance in the final against Manchester City at Wembley. They will attempt to win their 9th League Cup trophy - currently they hold the record for most wins at 8.
It’s a final every Liverpool fan should be embracing.
It’s been a rather barren time in the past few years bar our last triumph in the very same tournament in 2012 whilst under Kenny Dalglish’s 2nd reign. That final ended in a very nervy penalty shootout victory against a plucky Cardiff.
Now under Jurgen Klopp’s short but never dull reign, we now find ourselves once again with a chance to claim some much needed silverware. With a host of top players back from injury such as Phil Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool will be hoping to kickstart a new era under the German coach with a bang against their wealthy counterparts. There is also the small part of sticking it up a certain Raheem Sterling too.
William Hill's football betting page has Liverpool starting as underdogs - a role we prefer.
However this victory is much more than just adding another trophy to our own large collection or telling Aidy Ward to shove it.
Put aside the fact that yes, these days the League Cup is really a 3rd choice prize amongst the elite in England. Put aside the fact that most clubs see it as a distraction.
The fact is winning trophies is a good thing! It’s no secret about the sad decline of this once powerhouse club - that has been documented endlessly for the past 26 years.
We should be celebrating the fact that a final does wonders not only for the fans but also for the players, the club and more importantly the aura of perception amongst Europe’s elite.
Top players want to play for clubs who win things or rather have the chance to win things.
A win would be a real show of intent not only from Klopp but also our owners - we mean business. Klopp’s pedigree and reputation will only go so far in attracting the players we need to bridge that gap into the top 4 and beyond.
Winning trophies has to start somewhere and then the more you win the more it becomes a habit.
Hopefully that habit starts this weekend.
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