Adam Lallana urges Liverpool to target Europa League glory after League Cup heartache

Adam Lallana

Liverpool lost the League Cup final to Manchester City but remain in the Europa League.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is urging his side to target Europa League glory after their penalty shoot-out heartbreak against Manchester City in the League Cup final.

Lallana was one of the three Reds that missed from the spot as Jurgen Klopp's side fought back from a goal down to force extra time and the shootout.

The Europa League now remains Liverpool's only chance of winning silverware - where the Reds have been drawn against Manchester United in the last-16 of the competition.

Lallana told the official Liverpool website: “I’m just gutted for the rest of the lads and the manager because we put a lot of hard work into it and losing on penalties isn’t nice.

“We are still in the Europa League so hopefully that will give us even more incentive to push on and do well in that competition.

“A few words were said after the game, not many, but the few words was that we have got to push on now in the Europa League.

"We have got a great fixture against Manchester United to look forward to which is massive, the fans will love that, we love that and we have just got to pick ourselves up and go again.”

It's a difficult task for Liverpool to go all the way in Europe this season, particularly given their recent record and lack of experience throughout the squad but a clash against their fierce rivals is likely to get blood pumping in all those connected to the club.

The Reds will hope to take inspiration from 2005 where they lost that League Cup final to Chelsea but managed to go on an incredible run which saw them win the Champions League in extraordinary circumstances, beating some high calibre opposition en route.

While there may not be the experience among the squad of regularly winning football matches in European competition, there should be the hunger from the pain of cup final defeat to try and bounce back and win something to show for their efforts this season?

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