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Only Reds up for Cup, says Klopp

By Robert Jones

In a thinly-veiled swipe at his Premier League rivals, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted his side are the only team in England's top division to care about the League Cup.

Klopp's men welcome Southampton to Anfield tomorrow night in the second leg of their semi-final clash with the south coast side. Having succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at St Mary's two weeks ago, the Reds will be looking to overturn the deficit as they seek to reach their second League Cup final under the German.

After the agony of defeat in last year's final at Wembley - the Reds lost 3-1 on penalties to Manchester City - Klopp has insisted his side are focused on the competition and remain the only club genuinely interested in lifting the cup.

Klopp said: "I expect 100 per cent from us. I expect 100 per cent from the crowd.

"Southampton is in a good run at this moment. Good results. But we want to go to the final too.

"I like this competition because we are the only team who, since I came in, have played every Capital One Cup game.

"From outside viewing, it looks like they press the cup in between the season. It looks like no-one cares about it.

"Nobody cares about this competition… but we do."

"It was only a 1-0 - that is no different for us. Still everything is possible for us," added the Liverpool boss.

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