Jurgen Klopp rubbishes claims about Liverpool attitude to Carabao Cup


Jurgen Klopp has refuted suggestions this is the first season he has taken the Carabao Cup seriously

Liverpool beat Arsenal 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final tie at the Emirates on Thursday to set up a Wembley showdown with Chelsea next month.

Diogo Jota's double was enough on the night after last week's goalless draw at Anfield had handed Mikel Arteta's side the advantage.

It was Klopp's first semi-final in the competition for five years and the game with Chelsea on February 27 will be the club's maiden appearance in the League Cup showpiece since a penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City in 2016.

Klopp, though, denied that the League Cup has never mattered to him during his time at the club.

"No, it is not true," Klopp said. "The situation is always around what time of the year is it? Who is available? How many games have they played?

"I cannot just pick a team by looking at the full squad on paper and just pick an 11 for the game based on that.

"We have to consider a lot of things and we always did that, but you need a lot of luck in certain times and specific moments.

"We have never had that and we have always had really tricky draws on top of that early on and in games we could not line up a Premier League team [in the Cup] three days before [a Premier League game].

"It hasn't always been unlucky but it is not always the easiest draw. So it is all good, we want to go for everything.

"It doesn't mean we have won this already but we will be there at the end of February but unfortunately the opponent will as well."

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