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Jurgen Klopp sent blunt instructions to satisfy "desperate" Liverpool desire


Jurgen Klopp has been sent a clear message by a Liverpool hero as he prepares to face off with Arsenal over two legs for a spot in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley

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There are few things Jurgen Klopp has not accomplished since his appointment as Liverpool manager in October 2015.

The German inherited a team devoid of defensive discipline and reliant on individual heroics in attack for whom Champions League qualification was a mammoth task; within five years he created a relentless winning machine whose collective effort brought the greatest honours in English, European and world football to Anfield.

That being said, there is no hiding the fact the Reds have sorely underperformed in the domestic cup competitions during Klopp’s decorated reign.

Liverpool have not progressed beyond the fifth round of the FA Cup since his arrival while their wait for success in the EFL Cup – a competition strongly linked to the club – stretches back to the 2011/12 season.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side were defeated by Manchester City in the 2016 Capital One Cup final
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One of the heroes wearing red at Wembley on 26 February 2012 was fan-favourite Dirk Kuyt, who scored in extra-time and converted his penalty as Kenny Dalglish’s side triumphed in a shootout against Cardiff.

Fast forward a decade and Liverpool are two semi-final legs away from another trip to north-west London to compete for a trophy they have lifted eight times, a record they share with Manchester City.

Arsenal stand in their way and, alarmingly for Klopp, they have already shown a penchant for the domestic cups since Mikel Arteta took over as boss in December 2019.

The Spaniard won the FA Cup in his first season and, after his side’s disastrous third-round defeat by Nottingham Forest on Sunday, he will have renewed fervour to reach the Carabao Cup final at Liverpool’s expense.

But Kuyt, 41, has no doubt Klopp and his players will also be “desperate” to add a new piece of silverware to their cabinets as they prepare for Thursday’s first-leg with the Gunners.

Writing in his Liverpool.com column, the former Netherlands forward instructed the Reds manager that the semi-final clash will be “just about the result”, saying: “Just win. No questions asked.”






Dirk Kuyt scored in extra-time as Liverpool defeated Cardiff at Wembley in 2012

Kuyt added: “In two-legged affairs, the first fixture is sometimes a bit more tactical, like with our semi-final against Manchester City in 2012. But anything can happen across the 180 minutes. It’s difficult.

“All that matters is that you have the better score after the two games. It’s going to be a very interesting watch.”

Liverpool will host the first leg of the semi-final tie on Thursday after the original clash at the Emirates was postponed due to a coronavirus at their Kirkby base.

The second leg will be played on the following Thursday.

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