Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he does not feel the pressure to deliver success.
The club’s last trophy came in 2012 under Kenny Dalglish, when they beat Cardiff City on penalties to claim the League Cup.
The Anfield side enter the same competition on Tuesday when they travel to Leicester City in the newly-named Carabao Cup in what many fans will be hoping can be the beginning of a run that will see them end it with a trophy. For Jurgen Klopp, it would be his first at the club after losing both the League Cup and Europa League finals in his first season in England.
Their last major trophy came in 2006 in the FA Cup final at Wembley where they defeated West Ham United. The wait goes on for title success with 27 years passing since the side last won a top-flight league title.
The Liverpool boss, however, does not feel the pressure to deliver trophies despite their sluggish start to the season amid suggestions that former manager Brendan Rodgers was faring better in the role before being replaced by Klopp in October 2015 and the German has failed to be the upgrade he was billed to be (via the Irish Independent).
“Importance is same as ever. 100 per cent focus on that game. Big competition – I don’t care how people see it.
“I’m not sure if there is pressure on us. I don’t feel pressure; I feel opportunity, the chance to do something really good. I have pressure, but it cannot be bigger than the pressure I put on myself.
“We know we are strong, and that we need to deliver. That’s what we need to work on.”
Their indifferent start to the season has once again highlighted the need for defensive reinforcements with a failed move for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk the only reported effort Klopp made to strengthen the heart of his defence this summer, in a move that displeased the Liverpool faithful in not having a plan B when plan A failed to come off; something the former Borussia Dortmund manager has struggled with.
Their 4-0 demolition of Arsenal was quickly forgotten in their demise at Manchester City and two back-to-back disappointing draws to Sevilla in the Champions League and Burnley in the Premier League.
The Carabao Cup remains a great way for Klopp to finally put the trophy drought to bed and win his first with the club. Like Jose Mourinho, who won it last season, it can act as a springboard for greater success and breathe a winning mentality around a club that has been idle of success for far too long.
Manchester United seem to be moving forward under Mourinho; can the same be said of Klopp at Liverpool?
The former Mainz boss has become known as the man that loses finals after suffering defeat in his last five during his time in Germany and now with Liverpool. While the club did make it to the semi-final of the EFL Cup last season, they fell at the hands of Southampton who eventually lost to Manchester United at Wembley.
Their FA Cup campaign was a disaster, forced to play Plymouth Argyle twice before getting knocked out by Championship side Wolves as they chased the bigger prize of Champions League football.
Klopp needs to realise a cup win, no matter how big or small can lead to greater success. He has been dismissive of the League Cup in the past, claiming last year Chelsea had an advantage in the league by getting knocked out of the cup early on.
If Liverpool fans want trophies, they need a manager with realistic ambitions. Coming fourth is not a trophy.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena