LEAGUE CUP FINAL TIME!
Well, Reds fans. It’s a wonderful time of year again. It’s time for the League Cup Final, which Liverpool are a part of this season.
Liverpool have a long history of League Cup Finals, playing in the Final 12 times and are officially the winner of the most League Cups in the history of the competition, winning it EIGHT TIMES. No other club has ever achieved this (neither competing in it 12 times or winning it 8 times) and if we win it for a ninth time, it will be even harder for the rest of the football teams who compete in the competition once a season to equal or better our astounding records.
Our opponents in this Final are Manchester City. We have a decent record against Man City, already winning against them this season 4-1 in our last meeting. Liverpool fans can be confident that we are able to score up to four goals against this team and do well enough defensively to only concede a single goal. Perhaps this time we can do a little better, score four and maybe not concede at all. It’s possible, if our goalkeeper has a particularly good game and does not concede. Simon Mignolet has a good record of clean sheets kept, making him one of most reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League. Only a few can manage to equal his record, he really has proven himself to be one of the best (goalies) in England.
Our defenders deserve some praise too. The back line are partially responsible for when we do not concede, they’ve done their jobs well in games where we’ve not let our opponents score at all. Defenders like Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Jose Enrique and Kolo Toure.
There will be more than one Toure in this particular League Cup Final, actually. Kolo will face his brother Yaya Toure on the pitch, Yaya plays for Man City.
Yaya is an attacking player and so defender Kolo will have to defend against his brother. Kolo has spoken in an interview about this recently and says “I love my brother but he knows me and knows that if I can do anything to stop him from scoring – ANYTHING AT ALL – I will do it! WHY? Because I want to win”
So, it’s good to know that our defense are so confident and motivated for winning this. It’s important to the club, the manager, the players and of course the fans who will all be cheering on the Reds as we attempt to win a trophy with Jürgen Klopp. Klopp has only been the Liverpool manager since late in 2015 and we are eager for him to prove himself at his new club. A trophy in his very first season will be something special, a sign that Liverpool have moved forward and taken the right steps in choosing our management.
It will inspire no end of confidence for all our fixtures to come. Nobody will ever again doubt that he should be in charge of Liverpool FC’s first team squad. It will solidify his position at the club and we will be happy to keep going with him on the sidelines for all future fixtures. As for his reputation with Liverpool fans all over the world, we will love him even more than we do right now. He’s already very popular with Reds fans but he will feel a new level of appreciation for his work as we cheer him on and sing his name from the stands at Anfield (and away games also). That’s what winners of trophies get to experience from Liverpool fans.
He will be put into the history of our club’s legendary management such as Gerrard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, Bob Paisley, Bill Shankly and Kenny Dalglish. These people are all “Liverpool Legends” to Reds fans. Jürgen Klopp can become a Liverpool Legend, but he must first win his trophy to be held in such high esteem.
Jürgen Klopp’s opposition’s manager will be Manuel Pellegrini. Klopp has spoken of his respect for Pellegrini and his work, though is still determined to defeat this respectable manager’s side and win his trophy. Klopp said about this “Manchester City are still part of several competitions, maybe even in with a chance to win the Premier League. If they want to have one of those other trophies they can have that, but Liverpool are going to have the League Cup”.
You may wonder where all the goals we may score in the Final can come from. Well, Liverpool have had multiple goalscorers this season. In a game against Aston Villa, more than half of the first team scored as we won 6-0. Daniel Sturridge, James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure all managed to get goals in a single game. To have Daniel Sturridge back from a long spell of injury and already scoring for Liverpool is a huge relief and I am certain after so long of sitting on the sidelines as he recovered he is fully motivated to assist Liverpool in winning this competition.
From other fixtures, Roberto Firmino has had games where he scored once and even twice. Coutinho is known as “the magician” to fans for good reason and knows how to score in addition to being a valuable and unselfish team player that is willing to assist his teammates as much as he attempts to score himself. Jordan Henderson is also another unselfish team player that is dangerous in attack, mostly as a team player that provides much needed assists. His goalscoring record isn’t as prolific as a striker’s record perhaps but it shows the commitment to his teammates and the captain is still able to put the ball in the net, doing so twice this season for Liverpool in the 12 Premier League games he’s been a part of.
Having to fill the boots of former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (a winner of the League Cup for Liverpool is not an easy job. Nobody could ever “replace” Stevie G, but Hendo’s done a great job of becoming a new captain that we can rely on. His efforts for our team have not gone unnoticed.
Steven Gerrard has spoken of his admiration and respect for Liverpool’s new captain and said:
“It will be special if Henderson lifts a trophy as Liverpool captain and he will fully deserve to do so… he has come through so much to be where he is now (named as Liverpool’s captain). Something that goes unappreciated in football – and you can’t put a price on – is those players who are absolutely dedicated to their profession. Players who from the moment they step on the training pitch are determined to learn more and make themselves the best they can be – Jordan is an example to all players. I would love nothing more than to see Jordan Henderson lift that trophy”.
So, be sure to cheer on our captain and the rest of the team with Steven Gerrard as we play from 4:30 PM [GMT] on Sunday 28th February, or for fans around the world whichever equivalent time (of 16:30 GMT) it will be at the time zone you’re in. Set your alarms for this game and watch it live. We are more than spectators. We are more than just football fans… we are the spirit of success and motivational force behind Liverpool’s winning performances. We can drive the team to win this. Be a part of the experience and hopefully see the team we love win this for all involved. For the owners, the club staff, the manager, the players in the squad and for the fans around the world. All of us share in the victory we could achieve. WE ARE LIVERPOOL! We will all walk on together with hope in our hearts and You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.