Liverpool boss refutes semi-final issues ahead of Stoke tie

Liverpool lost in both the FA Cup and Capitol One Cup at the semi-final stage last season, and their manager has ruled out a knock-on effect for his current crop.

The Reds take on Stoke City tonight in the Capitol One Cup, having secured a 1-0 away win from the first leg, and will now need to avoid defeat to make the final.

Despite this advantage, he was questioned about a possible back-thought about last season’s failure to qualify from either semi-final, but he did not see an issue.

“Everything has changed here since last season,” Klopp said in The Guardian. “If you want to solve problems, you can take the problem, talk about it, find solutions for it and in the end you can find yourself facing the same problem.

“The other option is you ignore it completely and say ‘It was only one time’ or, in last season’s case, two times. Or you prepare yourself for a semifinal and that’s what we want to do. Don’t think too much about the past. It doesn’t help to think about these things.

“Last year I don’t know why but some things went wrong in the semifinals. The only thing that stays in the mind is that we lost. We should be fully focused on this game. That’s the only way to win it.

“This is a different team, a different situation, a different manager and different opponents. It wasn’t Stoke last season, it was Chelsea. It’s different and we don’t need to think about that.”

Updated: January 26, 2016 — 12:39 pm
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