Liverpool have been knocking on the door for silverware, this season they must break the door down

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

One trophy in 10 years is below Liverpool's expectation, and they need to turn recent near misses into triumphs.

For the third time in as many seasons, Liverpool find themselves right in the mix for silverware. Their 2-0 win over Leeds United on Tuesday night meant they will play their third consecutive League Cup semi-final, and this time there is more expectation on them to have something to show for their efforts.

At the time of writing - and prior to their quarter-final match - Liverpool have been priced up as favourites to lift their ninth league cup, according to Oddschecker

Jordan Henderson - Liverpool celebrates victory with trophyJordan Henderson - Liverpool celebrates victory with trophy

The club has only managed to lift one lonely  trophy in the last 10 years. That was the League Cup back in 2012 thanks to a penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff City. Just the one trophy to show for their efforts over the past 10 years simply isn't good enough for a club of that size, expectation and quality of players. 

Of course, there have been other factors. It has been a competitive era and after a turbulent era at the turn of the decade it can take some time to find their feet - but recently they have been knocking at the door. The knocks have been getting louder and louder.

Since their last trophy win, the Reds have had several near misses. The FA Cup final in 2012 under Kenny Dalglish; the Premier League in 2014 where they were runners up, League Cup and FA Cup semi-finalists in 2015 - all under Brendan Rodgers; and League Cup and Europa League finalists in 2016 before Jürgen Klopp had even managed for a full season on Merseyside. Liverpool have somehow staggered towards a foundation where multiple trophies can be won but haven't got over the line.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

This season feels like the most significant and substantial this decade for the Reds. During the past 12 months there has been real signs of progress that they look like a side that should be winning silverware - even if they are not in European competition. They've shown they can compete, at the start of this season they have shown a consistency that has put them right in the thick of the title race in the early stages.

After so many near misses and so many times when they have knocked loudly on the door, this Liverpool side needs to get over the line in at least one competition this season, and put some silverware in a cabinet that has been gathering too much dust of late. 

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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