Jürgen Klopp has warned that any player who underestimates the Carabao Cup will have "a real problem" with Liverpool as his team has to prove themselves in every match.
Liverpool hosted Chelsea in the third round on Wednesday with their manager planning changes to the relatively sedentary side who have won their first seven games of the season. Simon Mignolet is a confirmed starter in goal while Dejan Lovren made his first appearance since the World Cup final on 15 July following a stomach injury.
Klopp's team face Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League, and after being two points clear of the leaders, the journey to Stamford Bridge has become even more important in the Cup. However, as the chances for the first team are limited, Klopp insists that visiting Maurizio Sarri's team is a chance his players can not afford.
The Liverpool manager said, "We judge the situation, not the competition, we think, 'How will the opponent compete?' And things like that, we never say," Oh, it's the League Cup. "The final will be in Wembley in March Last time we were there, we really wanted to win it, we were close, but we did not, so we'll try again, but it's not about judging silverware.
"What you have to do is always 100% concentration, focus, everything." If I see a player feeling "Oh, it's just the League Cup," he might have a real problem, but there will not be such a player I do not think so, it's a big football game on a sold-out Anfield Road, we'll be there with everything we have. "
Liverpool were eliminated at the start of last season from both cup competitions, and the squad players were denied as a result valuable playing time. For example, Danny Ward and Jon Flanagan have never again started for Liverpool following the defeat in the third round of the Carabao Cup in Leicester City, while Marko Grujic, who is now on loan at Hertha Berlin, made his final start in that 0-2 defeat ,
But Klopp claimed: "I do not press on any player who plays, if we make changes, it's a chance, if not, it's a chance anyway, the boys have to prove themselves all the time, we have to show that we're competitive and every game is ready, so far I was most pleased – the effect of the guys who came in. Joël [Matip] was really brilliant, played fantastic [against Southampton], [Xherdan] Shaqiri, of course.
If you're not working, it's difficult to improve your situation, but the situation of no one on this team is bad at the moment, maybe they are not in the squad, but that does not mean they are not training well At the moment, I could not name a player who does not train at his highest level, that's the best I can say to that, in the end, no one is in a bad situation when they do that, they are all "close" or " in "nobody is out."
Klopp described Sarri as "the biggest change I've seen in such a short time" since he replaced Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager in mid-July. He also agreed with the Italian's assessment that Liverpool Chelsea is one year ahead in its development, albeit not in terms of what is happening on the pitch.
"He said we're one year ahead and he's right," said Klopp. "But that's the only way we've worked together longer, so I say it's pretty impressive what he did in that short time – I do not see the big difference – he's changed a lot, obviously he does not take as long as me. It's impressive, people always talked [Manchester] The city is clear and has completely forgotten Chelsea. But this team is really experienced. It has won the title before, 80% of the players have won it twice. They know how it works. "