Their achievement in the Premier League last year was enough to show that Brendan Rodgers’ side has potential to grow, but a win in the Capital One Cup would give his team a platform on which to build.
Rodgers has a lot to be credited with in his time at the Anfield club, not least the development of the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson. Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan were also key players last season as the Reds pushed for the Premier League title, missing out only in the last three games of the season.
AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang is hopeful of making a move to Newcastle United this month, turning down possible switches to Arsenal and Chelsea in the process, as reported by the Daily Express.
Both London clubs have been watching over Niang’s progress over the last few seasons.
While the 20 year old was at Caen, the duo both had bids turned down for him.
As a result, he made a £2.5 million move to Milan in 2012, but has failed to make an impact on the first team.
Niang’s agent met with Milan director Adriano Galliani yesterday to discuss his future at the club, and the Rossoneri are open to letting him move.
This has alerted both Arsenal and Chelsea to his availability, but reports in Italy suggest that Niang is set to move to north east giants Newcastle United.
The fact that the French under 21 international could join a number of compatriots at St James’ Park is said to have made a significant difference to his decision over which Premier League side to join.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that he would be interested in bringing Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah on loan, as reported by the Daily Express.
However, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager admits that he does not believe Salah is available on a temporary deal until the end of the season.
The Egyptian forward has struggled for opportunities since moving to Stamford Bridge almost a year ago, and he has failed to make any impact of note in the time on the pitch that has been granted to him.
He is behind the likes of Willian, Oscar and Andre Schurrle in the pecking order, with fellow winger Eden Hazard a guaranteed starter on the left flank.
As a result, it is expected that he will leave Chelsea this month, with Inter Milan also thought to be keen on signing him.
While Redknapp has admitted that he is keen on signing Salah, he does not believe he’s available on loan.
Redknapp said: “[Would I take him?] Of course I’d take him! But he’s not available.
“I don’t think Chelsea would loan him, I’ve never asked for him. I’ve never thought about him until it was mentioned now.
“He’s a very good player but I don’t think we’ll get him on loan.”