Jan Molby says Liverpool's focus should be on League Cup final at the end of the month

Liverpool have games in the Premier League and Europa League before their showpiece League Cup final with Manchester City.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby says the club should already have one eye on the League Cup final, even though there are three games for the side to play between now and the Wembley showpiece against Manchester City at the end of the month.

The Reds will be looking for a much-needed win in the Premier League when they travel to bottom club Aston Villa on Sunday before both legs of their Europa League round of 32 tie against Augsburg. 

In his Liverpool Echo column, the Dane wrote: "We go to Aston Villa on Sunday, but for me there is one big game on the horizon that takes priority for Liverpool.

"Yes, it's not the mindset we want at the club long-term, to do down the importance of a league game, but the League Cup final is the bigger fish here.

"And so the plan between now and then has to be to firstly make sure we are in reasonable form going into the game, and secondly to ensure that our key players have enough freshness and fitness to be effective at Wembley."

It's an interesting suggestion from Molby, but it does show the significance of that cup final for Liverpool, as if their season will be defined on whether they will come away with the trophy or not. 

But there is also the feeling that Liverpool could do with some decent form going into that final, and winning at the home of the Premier League's bottom club should be the perfect place to start - especially after a disappointing week which saw the Reds throw away a two-goal lead to Sunderland, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by West Ham.

Manager Jurgen Klopp seems to be determined to re-establish a mentality at Anfield of taking European competition that bit more seriously, but the could be an opportunity for him to make changes for the second leg - which comes three days before the final - if they win the first leg in Bavaria.

The reality is, Liverpool could do with four consecutive wins, and may actually have the players to get some momentum into their season as the attacking trio of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho all returned to action in midweek.

Therefore Klopp will be hoping for a fresh side every game between now and the end of the month. 

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