Victory for Liverpool in the Capital One Cup final, could act as a springboard for future success, according to James Milner.
Following Jurgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manager in October, to replace Brendan Rodgers, this has been another transitional season at Anfield.
Despite showing signs of promise with their away victories over Chelsea and Manchester City, Liverpool are far from the finished article; however, Milner believes that Capital One Cup victory could kickstart the side's progress.
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"This club is built on success, they're used to winning trophies," the England international told Sky Sports.
“It’s always tough changing managers. There has been a big change: in the playing staff and on the ground.
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We can win a trophy and be in the hunt for others during a transition season when it’s easy to say: ‘There’s been a lot of changes – let’s see how we do; do the best we can and go again next year.’
“Hopefully we can do both: the transition with the new manager and keep improving – get a few players back as well. The longer this team is together, with the signings that come in the summer, along with the manager and the coaching staff, the better we’ll get.”
The League Cup has frequently proven to be an invaluable springboard for club's embarking on successful eras.
In 2005, under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea beat Liverpool 3-2 to claim the first silverware of the Roman Abramovich era. Subsequently, Chelsea laid the foundations for much of their future success winning: the League Cup again in 2007, as well as two Premier League titles and an FA Cup, before Mourinho's sudden departure.
Between Chelsea's League Cup successes, Manchester United won the 2006 final over Wigan, in an indication of their future potential.
Following high profile departures such as Roy Keane and David Beckham, United had been in a similar transitional phase; however, led by Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, the club would subsequently lift three successive Premier League titles from 2007, as well as the 2008 Champions League.
Liverpool and City will face each other on February 28, with Raheem Sterling set for a high-profile reunion with his former club.
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