Liverpool are desperate for FA Cup success, says manager Juergen Klopp | Soccer News


Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says his side weren’t deep enough to challenge for multiple trophies earlier in their reign as they seek to end a long FA Cup drought in the final on Saturday against Chelsea.
The Merseyside club qualified for the FA Cup final for the first time under Klopp, who took over at Anfield in 2015, and are chasing an unprecedented four-fold this season having already won the League Cup in february.
Seven-time FA Cup winners Liverpool beat Manchester City to reach their 15th final but their first in 10 years, and have not lifted the trophy since 2006.
While Liverpool won the Premier League and Champions League in previous seasons under Klopp, the German had failed to take them beyond the FA Cup fifth round ahead of the current campaign.
“It’s never that we didn’t want to go to the final, we just didn’t have the power to do it,” Klopp said at a press conference on Friday. “We didn’t have the team to go after (all the trophies).
“It’s our first FA Cup final and we’re really, really desperate to win it, but we know our opponents are too,” Klopp said of Chelsea, whom Liverpool defeated on penalties in League Cup final.
“They are cup specialists… We didn’t ‘beat’ Chelsea. We won the shootout,” he added. “I said many times that without luck you don’t have a chance and luck was on our side that day.”
Defensive midfielder Fabinho will miss the trip to London, but Klopp says the Brazilian will be fit in time for the Champions League final later this month when Liverpool take on Real Madrid in Paris on May 28 .
In the Premier League, Liverpool are three points behind Manchester City with two games to play.
“When you’re aiming for three or four trophies, it’s clear whether you get it or not. It’s a busy season, but it’s never going to happen that the FA Cup is just a normal game,” Klopp said.
“It’s a special game and, for some, the biggest of their careers. We want to enjoy it and deliver for our people.
“We’re really looking forward to this opportunity. It’s now a massive final for us and I’m really happy that we’re part of it.”

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