We’re just a matter of days away from this season’s curtain-raiser as Liverpool prepare to square off against Arsenal at Wembley for the first trophy of the new campaign. Both clubs had reasons to celebrate when last season came to an end, but of course, the Reds’ Premier League triumph ensures that they were far happier out of the two.
The big question now is this: where does the club go from here? With one UCL and one EPL title under their belt in the last two years, Jurgen Klopp will want to build on this and potentially turn Liverpool Football Club into the next great English dynasty. They’ve had that title before, but after being in Manchester United’s shadow for so many years now, they’ll be eager to prove that they can not only reach the top – but that they can stay there.
A one-off game of football like this isn’t going to bother Liverpool fans all too much, because their primary objective won’t be to win this giant 50p coin. Still, Arsenal fans are going to have an absolute field day if they can somehow pull off the win, and that alone will probably serve as the right kind of motivation for the club to really go out there and make a statement.
In our opinion, this is still the absolute priority for Liverpool and it really isn’t close. Winning one Premier League title is great but if they want to be remembered as one of the greatest sides this league has ever seen, they need to prove that they can beat Manchester City to the top of the mountain all over again. It’s going to be difficult, but they’re more than capable of pulling it off.
The relationship between the boys from Anfield and the European Cup is special, and nobody can say any different. Obviously the lack of any fans will make those ‘European nights under the lights’ a bit tamer, but hopefully we’ll see some kind of movement in bringing fans back sooner rather than later. The Reds will go close in this competition, though, and we wouldn’t be shocked to see them make another run to the final.
Liverpool haven’t lifted this trophy since back in 2006, and as the oldest club competition in world football, there is still some prestige behind it. They’ll probably put a decent team out for the first few games, but if they roll through them without any real trouble, they could start to really go after it from the quarter-final stage onwards.
It may not be entirely pointless but as we’ve stated before, there’s really no need to have the Carabao Cup even exist this season. We need to be trimming down the schedule not heaping things onto it, and as such, the Reds will almost certainly look at this as an excuse to play the kids. Some will hate that, but we don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.
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