Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to consider the prospect of defeat against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final, insisting “we do (this job) only to win things.”
The Reds have the chance to clinch their first piece of silverware under the German when they take on Manuel Pellegrini’s team Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
Klopp took time to emphasize the significance of the opportunity that awaits his team in London as he previewed the game Friday at a press conference. But the boss knows plenty of hard work is needed before the dream of claiming a maiden trophy under his stewardship becomes a reality, even if it is the only outcome worth thinking about.
“I don’t know what (winning the cup) will mean to me — we will see afterwards,” Klopp said. “But this job in professional football, we do it only to win things: titles, cups, whatever.
“A lot of players and managers work their whole life and can be really successful but don’t have the chance to win anything. That’s how it is sometimes. After a very short time, we have the chance.
“I’m sure you will see in the game that we really want to win this, but what will happen, we have to wait a few more hours. It’s a pretty strong opponent, and with the draw today (in the Europa League), it seems like it’s Liverpool against Manchester.
“They’re really important games, so we will see. If I think about (winning), I have a few nice pictures in my mind; after the game being in Wembley with our fans and having a real reason to celebrate together and no doubts about why we do what (we do). It would be cool.
“But it’s a really intensive 95/120 (minutes) or plus penalty shootout between this moment and the other moment. It’s all about work, nothing else.
“I?m really pleased with the performance yesterday (against FC Augsburg), so that’s a really good sign for us. I told the lads it was really good, it was what they needed, and for us, it was a semifinal before the final. Now, two days left … let’s go!”
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