Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan intends to use the cup competitions to put pressure on Simon Mignolet for the No.1 jersey at the Premier League club.
The Hungary international joined the Merseysiders in the off-season on a free transfer after leaving Championship outfit Bolton, but he's had to make do with a place on the bench for the most part.
Bogdan was handed his Reds debut by former manager Brendan Rodgers in the Capital One Cup victory over Carlisle in September, but has since made only one more appearance, for new boss Jurgen Klopp, who picked up his first win at the helm in the previous round against Bournemouth.
The 28-year-old is set for his third outing on Wednesday when Klopp's side travel to Southampton in the quarter-finals, and he believes the cup-ties are crucial to keeping first-choice keeper Mignolet on his toes.
"It's not easy dropping back to the bench after these games but at the same time, when the team is doing well and the other keeper is doing well, you have to accept it," Bogdan told Sky Sports.
"I just have to continue to play well, train well and see what happens. My aim is to play week in, week out, but I don't see any other way. I will do well in training and in games and other things you can't really control.
"For me, these cup-ties are really important. They always have been. I made my debut for Bolton against Southampton in this competition, and I made my Liverpool debut in it too. It's important for me to keep on this run.
"I respect Simon fully and I know how much he works and puts in every day. He has my support as well, and his clean-sheet statistics show how good he is."