Simon Mignolet insists Liverpool will be taking their third round Capital One Cup clash against League Two side Carlisle United with the greatest amount of seriousness.
The Reds meet the Cumbria outfit - who beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 away from home to advance to round three last Tuesday - on the week beginning September 21 at Anfield.
In search of a trophy
The Merseyside outfit went agonisingly close to reaching the League Cup final last season but were knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea in the semi-final of the competition.
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Liverpool have not won a piece of silverware since they triumphed over Cardiff City on penalties in the League Cup final in 2012 and will be desperate to compete in a Wembley final once again.
In Brendan Rodgers' three years in charge at the Anfield hot-seat he's yet to win a trophy and is the first manager since the 1950's not to do so at the club.
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Rodgers, along with the players, are in pursuit to buckling that trend and Mignolet, who's kept three clean sheets from as many games this season, admits that Liverpool will be taking every cup tie seriously, starting against Carlisle.
“You’re always happy when you’ve got a home game. I think that’s the best thing, the Belgium international told Liverpoolfc.com.
“When I saw the other Premier League teams that were drawn against each other, that’s always good. We’re happy with that and now we want to progress into the next round.
"The ambition here is to try to win every competition we start in.
“That only comes by winning the individual games step by step, so we’ll have to get through the third round. The first job in hand is Carlisle at home.”
With Rodgers creating history for all the wrong reasons, it will be a burning desire of his to add a long awaited cup to the Anfield trophy cabinet.
Liverpool showed last season that they are capable of competing in cup competitions and were unlucky to be knocked out by Chelsea in the League Cup last season following an extra-time Brataslan Ivanovic strike. The Reds also reached the FA Cup semi-final, but a lacklustre performance saw them defeated 2-1 by Aston Villa.
With the current squad that Rodgers possesses, Liverpool are in a ripe position to seriously contend in every competition they play in.
The Europa League has traditionally been a tournament that has thwarted any domestic hopes - Everton's league form last term is a prime example - but Liverpool's side has swollen significantly over the summer and that should counter that problem.
New boys Danny Ings and Divock Origi both await their debuts since joining earlier this summer. Ings, given his familiarity in England, should play his part against Carlisle and Origi will probably feature in the Europa League.
Owners Fenway Sports Group will want to reap the rewards after investing hundreds of millions of pounds into the club over the past few years.
They've only witnessed one League Cup win and a failed attempt in the Champions League last term and they're patience could run out with Rodgers if either a top-four finish or a trophy is not achieved this season.
Liverpool fans, do you think the Reds will win a trophy this season? If so, which one? Let us know in the comments box below.
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