Jurgen Klopp says he’s “crazy” to think of winning a quadruple, saying Liverpool are “close to nothing” after their Carabao Cup win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Klopp’s side beat Chelsea 11-10 on penalties in a thrilling final at Wembley, winning their first domestic cup competition with the club.
Liverpool continue their run for another trophy on Wednesday as they take on Norwich in the FA Cup with the Reds also firmly in contention for the Premier League title and Champions League.
However, the German manager insists a trophy does not bring Liverpool closer to a big trophy, but has praised his side’s mentality as well as Carabao Cup opponents Chelsea.
In a pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “Looking back to the game against Chelsea, the mentality of both teams was at an unbelievable level. The pace of the game was unbelievable, the way both teams played tried to shut down the other team for 120 minutes… Then there’s no doubt about the mentality, not just for Chelsea but also for us.
“Winning the shootout 11-10 also shows you that the level of focus the whole game was insane, really… So that’s fine [the mentality] and very important. Will we have that for the rest of the season? I don’t know, but we’ll try.
“No team in the history of British football has won a treble yet because it’s really tough. We’ve won the Carabao Cup, we’re behind City in the Premier League. We play Norwich tomorrow night having played 120 minutes on Sunday, then we play West-Ham.
“It’s not even that we’re even close to thinking about crazy stuff like that [a quadruple]we just want to try and make sure the boys are fit enough to face Norwich in a proper way.
“To think we have a chance to do that, you might see that as a compliment, but I don’t need it. We don’t see it that way because we don’t think ‘oh, we’re about to win the quadruple”. We are close to nothing at the moment, we are still in three competitions and it’s like some other teams too.
“It’s good that people think we can do good things rather than being useless, but that’s not very helpful because we’ll be playing a lot of very good football teams by the end of May.”
When asked how the squad and staff keep themselves from getting too excited given their recent cup win, Klopp added: “I don’t have to stop and the boys know that too. .
“I don’t know how you all come to this story [of a quadruple] because yes, we are the ones who can win the quadruple because we won the first competition. But even Chelsea and City with all the quality they have had in recent years, they couldn’t win the treble. That says it all.
“It’s really tough and that’s why no one needs to stifle the excitement. The reality of winning anything is you have to focus on the next step and not the one after that or you’ll have difficulty.”
I am convinced that we will take the game very seriously. We are looking forward to the atmosphere people will create because it was an amazing atmosphere at Wembley. Not everyone would have been at Wembley tomorrow night, so if you want to celebrate with the team, do it with the best atmosphere possible, that would be really helpful.
Thiago “good again but not in good shape”
Thiago Alcantara appeared visibly upset in the dugout ahead of the Carabao Cup final, with the midfielder retiring from the starting XI after suffering a hamstring injury during warm-up.
Klopp said: “It was a very emotional moment. We were all surprised; I walked into the dressing room, watched the whole warm-up and didn’t see anything, then we walked in, he’s on. the [treatment] bed and the physios tell me he feels something in his hamstrings, which is not good.
“Then we had to make the decision that he couldn’t start. In this moment when you’re so close to playing a final… for the one player who has probably won the most silverware of the whole team, or as much as the whole team together, showing that kind of emotion then, I didn’t like that he didn’t feel so good, but the desire to play a final appealed to me a lot.
“He’s fine again but not fit anymore. As always, you don’t know [how long he will be out] exactly. Weekend not sure, maybe Milan, after that definitely.”
Klopp: Elliott made a mistake but won’t do it again
On Monday, it was reported that the FA had written to Harvey Elliot for their observations after he was seen handling a red smoke flare during the Carabao Cup final.
Elliot was pictured with the flare in hand during post-match celebrations at Wembley, and although Klopp says everyone makes mistakes, insists the 18-year-old won’t make the same again thing.
“We haven’t spoken to Harvey yet. As we were aware, we couldn’t speak to him,” the Liverpool manager said. “Am I going to talk to him? Yes maybe.
“Harvey is a very young man on the pitch and off he’s still a bit more of a boy, but that’s okay, he made a mistake. Because of the ‘role model’ that we have as people working in the public , I understand 100% [why the FA have sent a letter]. I can promise he won’t.
“Do I think that was the worst thing that ever happened in the world of football? No. I understand why it’s not OK, but at that point I got carried away and I am almost four times his age, so it can happen.
“The best thing about making a mistake is not making it again and he won’t.”