Why Liverpool Should Also Pursue Domestic Cups Next Season

The Reds will be prioritising the Premier League and Champions League next season but should also aim to win other trophies available to them
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Despite a fantastic final surge to secure Champions League qualification next season in their last ten games, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will know that they underachieved last season in comparison to their silverware success the previous two seasons. 

But the past is the past and the Reds will once again march on next season to compete for the Premier League and Champions League. Liverpool will undoubtedly come back stronger with a fully fit squad and possible new additions, not including new signing Ibrahima Konate.

Ibrahima Konate has joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig

Ibrahima Konate has joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig

Winning a league title and a European cup is understandably the clubs two main goals every season, especially now they have won both in a short period under Jurgen Klopp. 

But it is clear sacrifices have been made elsewhere in the form of the League cup and FA cup. 

The German managers record in both domestic competitions has been mostly poor since arriving at Anfield, which is unsurprising given the clubs bigger ambitions. 

It may be time for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to reassess their goals heading into next season including challenging for the domestic cups. Here are some reasons why. 

TOO MUCH SILVERWARE IS NEVER ENOUGH

FA Cup Trophy

Liverpool recently celebrated their 129th year as a club. Since their creation in 1892, the club have went on to become one of the most successful and renowned clubs in world football. 

Throughout their 129 year span, Liverpool have become synonymous with winning multiple league titles and European titles as well as other domestic success. 

Sometimes it could be a double, sometimes just the one trophy, but Liverpool were always associated with winning whatever silverware was available to them. 

The club's most successful periods were in the 70's and 80's and provided fans with some of the greatest talent England, Europe and the world had ever seen.

The mantra of always striving for success still rings true today by present players and also past ones. 

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has always been vocal about the importance of a club like Liverpool winning trophies regardless of whether it is the league or league cup. 

Again, it is understandable as to why present day Liverpool prioritises Europe and the Premier League, but the Reds need to return to their roots under Jurgen Klopp and actively pursue all silverware available. 

THE MIXTURE OF YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE

Curtis Jones celebrates against Ajax

Curtis Jones celebrates after scoring for Liverpool

Like Liverpool, there are many other top sides in the Premier League that do not put as much stock into domestic cups. unless European success and league success is already well out of sight. 

As time has passed, clubs have used the domestic cups as an opportunity to field a younger side and give their progressing players more game time. 

Although giving the youths a chance to shine is always positive, their inexperience could lead to an inevitable elimination. 

This is why it is important for Liverpool to play more reliable senior members of their squad alongside the younger players, to not only give themselves a better chance at winning domestic tournaments, but it is a massive boost for the youth players and will help them grow in confidence. 

It is also important that senior players show the same hunger as they would towards the league title or Champions League in order to not leave their younger counterparts high and dry in games. 

There is the argument that it is difficult to play top senior players in more games due to risk of injury, but this is why good squad depth is important and needed at Liverpool. 

LESS RISK OF AN EMPTY CABINET 

Premier League trophy

Jordan Henderson lifting the Premier League trophy

Being a club with great players and coaches does not always guarantee success. Some of the great teams of the past have won few trophies or none at all and Liverpool have suffered the same faith on occasion. 

The 2018/19 season is a perfect example of this. Despite finishing on 97 points, Liverpool failed to capture the league title and fell just one point short of champions Manchester City. City had a fantastic season and were deserving of their title win. 

As good as a team can be, sometimes there can be that one team better. Striving for league and European success is a mark of a great club, but when neither is achieved a club could finish the season empty handed. 

For a club such as Liverpool to not be in touching distance of silverware every season can be a blow for the players and coaches, especially when only relying on two trophies. 

Winning a domestic cup not only ensures silverware but it keeps an instilled confidence amongst the squad. Striving to win every trophy lessens the risk of finishing the season empty handed and potentially damaging the moral of the squad heading into the following season. 

THE CONFIDENCE FACTOR

Regardless of the size of a club or their history of success, winning trophies will always breed confidence throughout a squad. This can be attributed to Liverpool's Champions League win in 2019. 

Failed title pushes and historic comebacks spurred Liverpool onto the final, winning their first trophy under Klopp. 

The confidence that this brought the players was the catalyst when it came to Liverpool finally breaking their Premier League duct in 2020 and also capturing the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. 

If not for injuries and interruptions due to Covid 19, Liverpool would have undoubtedly took that title winning momentum into last season and very likely would have captured another Premier League title. 

If Liverpool should be unsuccessful in England's top tier and in Europe once again next season, remaining in domestic competitions and winning them is imperative when it comes to keeping the spirits of the squad high for the season that follows. 

A second trophyless season for the Reds current crop of players could be a blow too much given their success in recent seasons.