LONDON (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to take a step towards immortality when they target the first trophy in their historic quadruple bid in tomorrow’s League Cup final against Chelsea.
Klopp’s side are chasing silverware in all four major competitions after closing the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to three points.
The Reds made it to their first domestic cup final since 2016, are on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after a last 16 first leg win at Inter Milan and host Norwich in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday.
Klopp already delivered Champions League glory in 2019 and a long-awaited Premier League title in 2020, but the German knows only sustained success will see his group ranked alongside the club’s 1970s and 1980s legends.
“We know in the moment the people are happy,” Klopp said. “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 any more, ‘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.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes victory at Wembley would be the perfect springboard for even greater success in the final weeks of the season.
No English club has ever won the top four trophies available in a single campaign and Henderson said, “It is a big moment. To get a trophy so early on in the season can give the squad a big boost.”
Henderson is the only survivor from Liverpool’s last domestic final victory in 2012 when he helped his team beat Cardiff on penalties to clinch the League Cup. “We want to use it as a platform to give us a big confidence boost going towards the business end of the season,” he added.
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been ruled out after missing the last two games with a groin injury, but Diogo Jota could feature following ankle ligament damage.