Klopp: We can challenge for silverware

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that his side have what it takes to challenge for titles this season following their 6-1 hammering of Southampton in Wednesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final.

The Reds went behind in just the first minute of the fixture at the St Mary's Stadium, but a Divock Origi hat-trick, a brace from Daniel Sturridge and a Jordan Ibe effort saw the Reds beat their opponents into submission with a magnificent display of attacking football.

Speaking after the match, Klopp, who replaced Brendan Rodgers at the helm in October, said that his side's success was down to hard work, and expressed his belief that they can compete for silverware.

"We do not have magic ideas," he told Sky Sports.

"It's about working hard. You cannot be in Liverpool because of the weather, so it must be because of the football club.

"We need luck with injuries but the squad is strong enough for us to be challengers.

"At the moment, we don't have to be any more than that. If you shoot the ball between the posts, it's better than when you don't do it."

Klopp reserved special praised for Sturridge. The striker started for the first time since the Merseyside derby in October, and it was his brace that saw Liverpool take the lead following Sadio Mane's first minute goal.

Last week, Klopp spoke of Sturridge's struggles to return to action after yet another injury lay-off, stating that the England international needed to identify "what is serious pain or what is only pain".

Sturridge was in top form against the Saints, and Klopp said he now knows why there is so much hype surrounding the 26-year-old.

“I said to him after the game, 'Now I know what everybody is talking about’,” explained Klopp. “I knew about his quality, not live in a stadium, but in an important tournament.

"He can't play every game. He needs to decide when it's time to fight and when to rest. The problem with Daniel is we didn't know how long he could play but, if that's the case, he has to start.”

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