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.
Real Madrid are set to make a huge move to sign Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling, and are willing to offer the Anfield club £35 million to push through a deal, according to the Daily Mirror.
As part of any deal to sign Sterling, the Champions League winners would offer to nearly double the salary that Liverpool have offered the young England international as part of their negotiations over a new deal.
This contrasts heavily with reports yesterday, which suggested Sterling was on the cusp of agreeing a new contract with the Anfield club.
Real, whose winning streak ended against Valencia at the weekend, are willing to pay Sterling a staggering £120,000 a week to join them.
This offer is a significant increase on the £70,000 a week that Sterling’s representatives have already rejected from Liverpool.
The Madrid side believe that while no deal will be achieved in January, they can sign him in the summer.
Liverpool are set to announce a new contract for their integral wing wizard Raheem Sterling, tying him to the club for another five years.
With the injury suffered by Daniel Sturridge at the start of the season, Sterling has been an important player for the Reds, and has led the way, offering a significant goal threat and bagging six goals in all competitions.
However, there was a fear among the Liverpool faithful that a lack of a new contract could see him move elsewhere.
Real Madrid and Chelsea are two clubs that have been linked with a move for Sterling in recent months.
Steven Gerrard is set to move to the MLS at the end of the season, and Liverpool are keen not to see another key player leave.
According to The Sunday Times, Sterling and Liverpool are nearing an agreement over a new deal, and with a lucrative offer on the table, Sterling will put pen to paper in the near future.
A club source said: “It was always the club’s intention to show Raheem how much we value him and the belief is the new contract will be in place by the end of the month.”