Jordon Ibe on the importance of lifting silverware for Liverpool this season

Liverpool have an opportunity to put themselves in pole position to reach the League Cup final when they face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium tonight.

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has said it is important the club does what it can to lift the League Cup this season ahead of tonight's semi-final first leg against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

The Reds have reached this stage of the competition for the second consecutive season but haven't won a trophy in four years - with Kenny Dalglish's side the last to achieve victory in this competition in 2012.

It has been an inconsistent time for the Reds - which has been shown over the Christmas period as back-to-back wins were followed by a disappointing defeat to West Ham United.

Tonight provides Liverpool with an opportunity to bounce back against difficult opposition.

Ibe told the official Liverpool website: “It’s massive. The club has not won a cup in a few years now so it’s vital for us to try and win one.

“It could [also] build confidence in the other cups we’ve got and the Premier League it’ll give us the confidence to do better.

“It seems like we’re so close. Two games until Wembley and we’re so close to actually winning a cup for Liverpool.”

The Reds, however, must retain their focus and they have probably been guilty of not doing that recently in enough games, but there is a huge incentive for this side as Jurgen Klopp needs to establish that mentality that this side is capable of winning silverware, and giving his players the taste for it. 

It comes at a busy time for Liverpool, with several injuries to the side meaning that options to freshen up the side are a little thin on the ground, meaning it will take a big effort from the Reds tonight against dangerous opponents to put themselves in pole position ahead of the second leg. 

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