Jurgen Klopp: Capital One cup is important for Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that cup success is very important to him and his side will treat the Capital One cup as "the most important cup in the world".

The Reds welcome Bournemouth tonight at Anfield in what is Klopp's fourth game in charge, and having won multiple trophies with Borussia Dortmund the German says his hunger for success remains the same.

"It is the same thing in Germany, the cups are very important - but when I came here, everyone said we [Borussia Dortmund] won the title twice," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.


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"Nobody said we were the first double winners in Dortmund's history.

"In Germany, [the cups] are a very important thing - but [in England] it was more interesting that we'd played in the final of the Champions League.

"I have not been here long to understand fully the English feeling about the cups, but for me they are all the same - I want to win games. That is all.

"I don't want to give up before we have to. It is the most important cup in the world because it is the only game we will play tomorrow."

Klopp is still looking for his first win as Liverpool boss; the Reds have drawn three consecutive games in all competitions since he took over and that should come as no surprise to the Anfield faithful, given that Klopp himself called for patience in what is a time of transition for the club.

Cherries show defensive frailty

Liverpool fans will at least hope for a win tonight, as a fixture against Bournemouth looks a good opportunity for their new manager to get up and running. Eddie Howe's men have conceded ten goals in their last two outings and one wouldn't be blamed for believing that Klopp's side have enough quality to inflict more misery on the south coast side.

However, the German remains without striker Daniel Sturridge, who is still nursing a knee injury, while vice-captain James Milner will be serving a one-match suspension. The 48-year-old also confirmed that he will be rotating his squad in order to give a few of his first team players some rest ahead of the weekend's trip to Premier League champions Chelsea.

Klopp explained: "We have to change the team a little bit. At this moment, I don't know how many changes we will make.

Klopp looking for winning formula

"I will make the changes not because this tournament isn't important for me - that is important for me to say. When I make changes, it is because I want to win the game - that's the only reason for this. It is always because we believe we can win with that team and we always do what we believe we have to do in that moment."

A win against the Cherries will do plenty to launch the Klopp era and inject some confidence into a side that surely fancies a cup run.

That said, a victory for the self-proclaimed 'Normal One' will surely spark celebrations around Anfield that will be anything but normal.

Can Liverpool give Klopp his first win at home to Bournemouth in the League Cup? Give your opinion in the comment box below!

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