Liverpool take on Championship outfit Middlesbrough for a third round tie in the Capital One Cup tomorrow evening.
Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool take on Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup tomorrow and are in desperate need of winning momentum. After losing two back to back Premier League games, the Liverpool boss would be hoping his side can get some confidence and register a comprehensive win over The Boros.
Rodgers acknowledged that his side would need to do better in the coming game which may see the players who haven’t got many chances. Rickie Lambert would see himself making a full debut.
“This will be a game that he starts in. He’s a wonderful player, a great technician and he makes really difficult for defenders. Hopefully he can get a goal in his first start,” said the Liverpool boss.
“As a team we need to be better. We started poorly at the weekend and you see the results there is no easy game at this level. You will be tested physically and mentally at this level and you have to be ready to fight that. We got caught in those first few minutes but we need to better at that because ultimately it costs us.
In his third season in charge, there is pressure on Rodgers to win his first trophy as manager. He said, “It is a long campaign and we have a lot of games. We haven’t made a great start by any means but we’ll improve. We need to concentrate on the game tomorrow night because we need to get through. We want to win a trophy this season, I’ve said that before and this competition is an opportunity to do that”
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka fears Liverpool to come into the game guns blazing.
He said, “I know they aren’t in a good way but they have a good manager and good players. We must go there to win, you can’t go to enjoy the atmosphere. That is dangerous. Look at Real Madrid, they were very bad two weeks ago then they score eight goals. You cannot know what is, and what is not, a good time to play Liverpool. You have to remember, they are a Champions League team and we are a Championship team. There is a big difference between Liverpool and us. Our real tests are against teams in the Championship. But we will go there and try to win.”