Jurgen Klopp insists his Liverpool side will go all out to try and win the League Cup after coming so close to lifting the trophy last time.
The Reds begin their EFL Cup campaign in the second round away at Burton Albion on Tuesday night and hope to go one better this term, having been beaten on penalties in the final by Manchester City back in February.
Liverpool travel to the Pirelli Stadium to take on Nigel Clough’s Championship outfit, knowing that it is one of only two cup competitions they will be competing in 2016-17 after failing to secure European football for this season.
“Did you have the feeling last year that we didn’t want the League Cup? How can we be more than 100 percent ambitious?” Klopp told a news conference at Melwood on Monday. “We cannot replace European football, we want to be as successful as possible. And when we say we want to fight for everything then of course the League Cup is involved.
“Last year, we were in the final, it was nice. The result was not too nice but for all Liverpool supporters it was a nice game until the final whistle after the penalty shootout.
“We are professionals so it’s the next opportunity for us to get a result, even when it’s not for the table. It’s not about not being in Europe that the cup is important — it’s important. We have to take what we get. If we get through to the next round, we will not stop.
“If we go out, we will not stop. We cannot wish like it’s Christmas and say, ‘this year we have time, so let us go to all finals because for the other teams it’s too much.’ That’s not how it works.
“We have never shown a lack of respect for one tournament and for sure we should show that again.”
The Reds boss also insisted that Tuesday’s game can help his side get over the disappointing result to Burnley on the weekend, with Klopp revealing earlier on that he does not expect to make a large number of changes.
“There are easier draws, I don’t know exactly who plays against who but Burton are quite ambitious, and for them it’s a big game,” he added.
“In the last round they made nine changes, I don’t know if they’ll do it again, I don’t think so. We will prepare as well as we can and then we want to win.
“A Sunday is 8,000 percent better when you have won on Saturday — there is no bigger difference. We came through this Sunday, somehow, and now it’s Monday again so we can play on Tuesday. All good, let’s go for it.”