Liverpool talisman Philippe Coutinho have admitted he will be happy if Liverpool can start winning trophies under Jurgen Klopp, starting from defeating Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley. Toure slotted the decisive penalty into the corner to seal a 3-1 shootout win and became the man for the big occasion again, having scored in both of City’s FA Cup and League Cup final victories in recent years.
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has now lost four consecutive finals as a manager and Liverpool have still only won silverware once since 2006.
It will be Liverpool’s 12 League Cup final, a record. We have a good chance to win the trophy and we have to give everything to take this opportunity.
Manchester City ultimately won thanks to coming out on top in the shoot-out after extra-time and Sterling looked delighted on the field afterwards.
“I always want to win all the trophies in which I participate because that is my mentality and it is the mentality of a big club”.
For Klopp, who was appointed as Liverpool boss in October, it is a chance to do something that Brendan Rodgers failed to do during his time at Anfield: win a trophy.
With a game in hand it trails leader Leicester by nine points and is also heading for the quarterfinals of the Champions League after an excellent 3-1 last 16, first leg win at Dynamo Kiev in midweek.
Klopp has concerns over Adam Lallana (calf), Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel (both hamstring), but Dejan Lovren (illness) could return after sitting out Thursday’s win.
Sakho, replaced by Kolo Toure, had to be virtually ordered off the pitch by Klopp after being determined to continue against medical advice and the France international’s frustration boiled over as he hurled a water bottle towards the bench and then hid his obvious disappointment under a coat on the bench.
Klopp refused to discuss tactics before the game, saying: “I think even in Manchester they have televisions”.
Fabian Delph, Kevin de Bruyne and Samir Nasri are all long-term absentees.
Former City midfielder James Milner’s poor back header gave the lurking Aguero a chance but he stabbed his effort well over.
Pellegrini effectively surrendered his side’s FA Cup hopes in the fifth-round clash with Chelsea last weekend by fielding a hugely inexperienced side in order to rest his senior stars for a hard week ahead.
“For sure we will go to the final and try and achieve this”. It is a very important game.