Why Jurgen Klopp's naivety could be key in Liverpool's silverware hunt

Jürgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp’s naivety could be a big weapon for Liverpool as they go in search of a first trophy since 2012.

Klopp’s much-heralded arrival has been met with three consecutive draws to add a splash of realism to the expectations of a fan base that had started to dream following the charismatic German’s appointment earlier this month.

The former Borussia Dortmund coach goes in search of his first win when Bournemouth visit Anfield for a place in quarter-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday, and Klopp has declared himself to be unaware of how the competition is viewed by some in England.

The League Cup is seen as an annoyance by some at the higher end of English football, with some lamenting it for adding to an already congested fixture list.

Plenty of managers see it as a chance to blood their youngsters and make wholesale changes, with little call for inquest should they fall to defeat against a lesser-ranked side.

Arsenal are unlikely to lose much sleep after their 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening, while Norwich and Leicester won’t be too disappointed to miss out on the quarter-finals after their respective reverses to Everton and Hull.

However, for Liverpool, it perhaps represents the most realistic chance of silverware for the five-time European Cup winners, and Klopp’s fresh attitude to the competition could be hugely beneficial in this season’s campaign.

Speaking ahead of the game on Tuesday, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: "It's the most important cup in the world because it's the one we play in tomorrow.

"I haven't been here long enough to understand English cups. For me it’s all the same, I want to win games."

The German is apparently taking the competition seriously, and his attitude to the FA Cup’s less decorated cousin will be key to possibly helping his new side to glory.

The League Cup is often seen as a springboard to success, and Klopp will be targeting picking up the first trophy of the season less than six months into his new career in English football.

With a visit to Chelsea on Saturday, Klopp may be forced to shuffle his pack for the visit of Eddie Howe’s Cherries, and the Reds are without Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge.

Belgian striker Benteke returned to action with a sublime header in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, but will miss Wednesday’s game with a knee injury.

Sturridge is yet to feature under Klopp after pulling out the visit to Spurs on October 17 with a knee problem, while Henderson has been absent with a foot injury since mid-August.

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