With them still being in contention for three other trophies, how should EFL cup winners Liverpool go about the rest of the season?

Liverpool won the EFL Cup on Sunday, after dragging the game to penalties against Chelsea. The game ended 0-0 after Extra Time, even though several non-legal goals were scored, and then all the outfield players on both sides scored their penalties, with Kepa eventually missing a penalty to hand Liverpool the trophy. But, now that Liverpool has finally won a domestic cup after 10 years without one, how should they approach the rest of the competitions this season?

For Liverpool, the Quadruple is still on. They can, realistically, still win the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League. However, given the small size of their squad and the frequent injuries that their players carry, it would be better for the Merseyside Reds to focus on either the FA Cup and the Champions League, or only the Premier League. If they try to win all of them, they might end up hurting themselves and not win any of them.

Liverpool’s Season So Far.

Liverpool has had a terrific season. They have only lost 2 and drawn 6 of their 26 games so far. And are 6 points behind Man City with a game in hand at the time of writing? They won the EFL cup and are to face Norwich City in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. In the Champions League, they topped a tough Group B, beating Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan with ease on both legs. They were drawn with inter Milan in the round of 16 and won the first leg 2

Mohammed Salah has led Liverpool from the front this season, producing 27 goals and 10 assists. Alongside him, Mane and Jota have also produced some vital performances. Trent Alexander-Arnold has also started to take up the role of a senior player in the squad and moving into his prime years really well. All in all, Liverpool has a world-class squad to back Klopp in his trophy charge.

The Season Ahead and The Concerns.

Liverpool has 12 games left in the Premier League, and will likely have to win each and every one of them if the 2018-19 season title race was any indication of what is to come. They lost only one game that season, and still finished second behind Pep’ Man City, by one point. And this City squad is arguably better than that one.

So, Klopp will have to make a decision. Either go for the Premier League, or for the Cups. He won’t be able to do both. If he attempts to do so, his players will likely face fatigue by the end of April, due to the stress of having to play in such an intense title race, as well as the knockout games of the cup, and he won’t be able to win any of the competitions. His players are already injury-prone. He cannot take the risk, as it might even lead to injuries that go well into next season.

What Klopp might do.

Jurgen Klopp is a brilliant manager, and everyone knows that. So, he will likely know that attempting to win everything might be disastrous. He will likely go all-in for the Premier League with his main squad players, i.e. Salah, Mane, Van Dijk, Henderson, etc., and then attempt to use the rest of his squad to win the cups. Given their talents, it might even be possible for the Reds to do what no other English team has ever done and win the Quadruple.

But why will Klopp do that? It is to match Manchester United’s 20 league titles. It took Sir Alex Ferguson 26 years to do what he had promised, i.e. “Knock Liverpool right of their perch.” With their own 20th title, Liverpool will be well and truly back on their perch and re-establish themselves as the biggest club in England, toppling Man United from that stage.

So, what do you think? Will Liverpool attempt to win it all, or go in completely for the title charge? Comment and Share! 

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