Klopp responds to Salah's comments about contract negotiations
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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are desperate to win the Carabao Cup this season following a “complete misunderstanding” over the club’s priorities. The Reds will compete in a domestic semi-final for the first time in five years when they take on Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup tie tonight – and Klopp has moved to dispel any misconceptions about their goals.
Klopp has taken his team to Wembley just once during his tenure as Liverpool manager and that trip ended in defeat against Manchester City in the 2016 Carabao Cup final.
Liverpool have not got beyond the fifth round of the FA Cup under the German’s management and have not reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup since 2017.
That record, coupled with their Premier League and Champions League successes and some of Klopp’s words in the past, have led to a feeling that Liverpool have not prioritised the domestic cup competitions.
But ahead of tonight’s semi-final first leg at Anfield, Klopp is keen to set the record straight.
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“We are desperate to reach this final, we always wanted to be in these finals actually,” he said.
“There is a complete misunderstanding – we are here to win trophies, and that is a trophy and we are determined to go through.
“If anyone thinks we don’t want to win, I cannot help, sorry. We actually really try, honestly, all the time, constantly every day.
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“And let’s see what we can get this year. Something, hopefully.”
Manchester City have won the last four Carabao Cup finals – and six of the last eight – but Klopp is keen for Liverpool to muscle in on their patch.
“We are far away from giving up, just now,” he said. “As long as City and Pep [Guardiola] work together with these players, we will not try (to win things)? No, of course we will try – with all we have, and there are other competitions too.
“Yes we are here to win trophies and that is a trophy (we are determined to win). But there is a big hurdle in this event – Arsenal in really good shape.
“So it will not be easy, but we give it a proper try.”
Manchester City were knocked out by West Ham in the last-16, meaning Guardiola’s run of Carabao Cup trophies will come to an end this season.
Chelsea await the winner of Liverpool against Arsenal in the final after Thomas Tuchel’s side swept aside Tottenham 3-0 on aggregate in their semi-final.
Liverpool are only playing the first leg of their tie after last week’s game was postponed when the Reds reported an outbreak of Covid-19.
Klopp later reported that many of those positives turned out to be false positives – a fact the EFL said they would not investigate.
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