Liverpool boss Rodgers vows not to repeat cup mistakes

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has vowed to learn from the mistakes made in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup last season and treat Notts County with the same respect as Manchester United, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Reds face the League One side at Anfield on Tuesday evening in the League Cup, having been knocked out of the same competition a year ago by Rodgers’ former team Swansea City after fielding a weakened XI. Liverpool were also eliminated from the FA Cup by League One opposition, Oldham Athletic, at Boundary Park.

But Rodgers has promised he will put out a strong side against Notts County. “I made some mistakes last season, in terms of changing the team,” he admitted. “When we played Swansea, they had a full-strength side out and we didn’t. They went on and won it and we were knocked out.

Liverpool were juggling domestic demands with European participation last season, an issue with which they do not have to contend this year, and the manager added that while the league comes first, he wants to maintain the Liverpool tradition of cup success. “Cup competitions are important for us, as well as the league, and we will give it absolutely everything to get as far as we can in this competition,” he said.

The league is No 1 priority, but this is a club based around cup competitions and trophies, and we feel we are better equipped to handle everything.

Rodgers’ predecessor, Kenny Dalglish, won the League Cup in his final season at the club, and also reached the FA Cup final, losing to Chelsea after beating Everton in the semi-final.

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