Liverpool beat Stoke on penalties to reach next month’s Capital One Cup final where they will meet Manchester City. While the road to the final hasn’t been rosy at all, Liverpool found their way to reach Wembley and have a chance to win their first silverware under Jurgen Klopp, but can The Reds overcome their inconsistency in time for the much awaited game?
Despite losing the game 1-0, their advantage in the first leg meant that Liverpool still stood a chance at qualifying after dreadful 90 minutes mixed with lots of ups and downs in terms of performance, tempo and action. It’s clear and obvious that Liverpool are not back to their highest levels but the team is grinding results, a 5-4 win against Norwich shows that even though the players may lack in terms of technique, they’re making up for it in terms of desire and eagerness. On the long run, Klopp needs to aim for Champions League finals rather than Capital One Cup but at least reaching such a final at Wembley is a nice incentive in the German’s first season at the club.
Since Liverpool opted to do very little business in the winter transfer window, it seems that the assessing period will be prolonged till the end of the season. Injuries have not helped the club at all, the team has been lacking consistency in terms of line-ups and formations, Klopp is being forced to rotate his team way too much and with four more months remaining, he can rest assured that he will have a very clear idea of his squad, but is it acceptable for him to label the season as purely experimental and forget about certain targets such as Champions League qualification, a domestic trophy or even reaching the late stages in the Europa League?