Liverpool media round-up: Milner targets cup success, Bogdan on playing opportunities, Hughes on Butland

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool's attentions are now turning to the League Cup tie with Southampton tomorrow evening as they look to book their place in the semi-finals of the competition with a win at St Mary's. 

The Reds are in good form having won six out of their last seven games in all competitions - which has also seen them climb to sixth in the Premier League and qualify for the knock-out stages of the Europa League with a game to spare.

James Milner is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying the side is starting to hit form at the right time ahead of a busy schedule, and the Reds' vice-captain is also targeting success in the competition.

He said: “It is a great chance of a trophy. The League Cup gets some bad press at times for whatever reason, but if you ask anyone they would take a League Cup this season,” he said.

“We are one game away from semi-finals and then a shot at Wembley. It comes around quickly but it is a great competition. I have been lucky enough to win it and hopefully I can win it again."

One man who is expected to start the game is goalkeeper Adam Bogdan having appeared in the first two League Cup games this season for the Reds, which saw him perform heroics in a penalty shoot-out against Carlisle, and pull off a string of fine saves against Bournemouth.

The Hungary international has told the Liverpool Echo that he wants to play as many games as possible, even if Simon Mignolet is ahead of him in the pecking order.

He said: “This competition has given me some fantastic memories already, and hopefully that will continue.

“I want to play, absolutely. I wouldn’t come here just to sit around and just to be happy that I am here. I wouldn’t be here long with that attitude!

“I want to get into the team and to play as many games as possible. It’s a challenge which lies ahead of me, but there is always a challenge in football."

Liverpool, along with Merseyside rivals Everton, were linked for a move for Stoke City stopper Jack Butland over the weekend, but any such move appears unlikely with the BBC among others reporting that the Potters will resist any offers that come in for the highly-rated stopper.

Their manager Mark Hughes said: "Jack's going nowhere. People are aware of him - and they have been for a long time." 

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