Jurgen Klopp targets quadruple as legendary rivals Liverpool and Arsenal prepare to do battle in the FA Cup for the 18th time
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Jurgen Klopp targets quadruple as legendary rivals Liverpool and Arsenal prepare to do battle in the FA Cup for the 18th time

Jan 28, 2024
  • Klopp’s team, like two season ago, are chasing another Quadruple this season
  • They face Arsenal in third round of the FA Cup on Sunday before Carabao Cup tie
  • Both Arsenal and Liverpool can’t afford an FA Cup replay. They must go all out for victory – Listen to It’s All Kicking Off

Liverpool will go all out to repeat the ‘good fun’ of chasing four trophies as they did in 2022, despite a risk of burnout.

Jurgen Klopp’s side face two big cup ties in four days with an FA Cup third-round trip to Arsenal on Sunday followed by a Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Fulham at Anfield on Wednesday.

They are also top of the Premier League and into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

It is reminiscent of two seasons ago, when their bid for a historic Quadruple saw them win the FA Cup and League Cup, but finish runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League. They slipped to fifth the following season, but Klopp is adamant they aim to win the lot, despite Dominik Szoboszlai joining a lengthy injury list and Mo Salah and Wataru Endo going away on international duty.

‘The season with three finals and a Premier League (title bid) was intense while we were in it, but it was good fun as well,’ he said. ‘I would not change it for anything. It was great. The two finals against Chelsea were two of the best draws I saw in my life — unbelievably intense, technically at a super-high level — so it was a wonderful experience.

Jurgen Klopp is looking at taking Liverpool forward into a Quadruple challenge yet again

Jurgen Klopp is looking at taking Liverpool forward into a Quadruple challenge yet again

The Reds are competing to win the Premier League, Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup

The Reds are competing to win the Premier League, Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup

They will be without Mohamed Salah, who will be playing for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations

They will be without Mohamed Salah, who will be playing for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations

‘Obviously a Champions League final is not on the horizon, but maybe there is a Europa League final, which is really difficult to reach because there are a couple of really good teams in it. But you can’t really think like that.

‘This summer will be longer for some as there is the Euros as well. It’s always like that. We cannot go out of a competition just because we think we might have a problem next year. ’

Liverpool will be without Salah for up to five weeks as he represents Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations. But rather than give one player the job of replacing his goals, Klopp will try to be ‘creative’ in order to keep his team winning.

‘We have different options and we can change system,’ he said. ‘When he’s not there we have to be creative. I don’t know what surprises people after all these years, but maybe it will!’

For Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, any game with Liverpool stirs the juices. ‘Once a blue, always a blue,’ is a mantra those with deep-rooted Everton connections live by.

Having spent six years on Merseyside, Arteta is familiar with the sentiment. He has lived and breathed the rivalry.

Arteta is fully Arsenal. But does the Evertonian in him come out on such occasions?

‘It is special for me and I have so many memories from playing against them,’ explained Arteta, who revealed Thomas Partey is still ‘weeks’ away from returning from injury.

‘They are a top side and it requires a lot of preparation.

‘That was proved again a week or two ago when we played them at Anfield — it was an incredible match. I hope it will be a very good match again.

‘We are really happy with the atmosphere at the Emirates. Can we tweak it and make it even more hostile? We can.’

Arteta will know more than most what victory over Liverpool will represent psychologically for his squad. Or, perhaps more pertinently, what impact it may have on Liverpool’s mindset.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said the game will be 'special' as a former Everton player

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said the game will be ‘special’ as a former Everton player

Arsenal have suffered a dip in form, losing their last two matches in the Premier League

Arsenal have suffered a dip in form, losing their last two matches in the Premier League

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‘We have been sending very strong performances in the last two years for everyone to understand where we are and where we want to be,’ said the Spaniard.

‘We have another opportunity to win a game and go to the next round and that’s the only thing we have to think of.’




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