Preview: Liverpool v Tottenham

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have their eyes on the EFL Cup trophy this season, but aren't motivated to win after losing in the final last time out.

The Reds were beaten 3-1 on penalties to Manchester City after the 2016 final ended 1-1 after extra time.

Klopp said he and his team vowed to go one better this term, from the moment the final whistle blew at Wembley Stadium.

Ahead of Tuesday's clash with Tottenham at Anfield, he told the club's official website: "We decided directly after the game against City that we should try again. That's all.

"It would be a sign, a little bit of a negative sign, if you need to lose a final to want to win it next year.

"It's a very, very interesting tournament, a very big cup tournament, and that's the reason why we want to go to the final.

"When we are in the final next time we want to win it, of course, and nobody should be worried about this."

Each of the last three meetings between the two teams have resulted in draws, and Klopp is under no illusion as to the tough task the Merseysiders face to get past Spurs.

They overcame Burton Albion and Derby County en route to this fourth-round tie, but face a different prospect in the north Londoners.

Klopp added: "They are still good. Good in defending, good in attacking, not a lot of weaknesses. It will be close but that's no problem, it makes it exciting."

The German revealed that Simon Mignolet will start in goal to make his first appearance since September 16, while he also allayed fears of any fresh injury concerns.

"There's nothing really serious, a few knocks. A few boys didn't train yesterday, but the [West Brom] line-up didn't train, they had recovery and were in therapy," Klopp said.

"There has been nothing serious until now, so hopefully it stays like this."

Spurs, who were eliminated at the third round by Arsenal last term, set up their Liverpool match-up after defeating Gillingham 5-0 at White Hart Lane in September.

Mauricio Pochettino is expected to once again field a changed side as he tries to compete on four fronts – the Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup and the FA Cup.

Joshua Onomah, Tom Carroll and Harry Winks all started against the Gills – with Onomah netting one of the goals.

Harry Kane remains sidelined as he continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury while Toby Alderweireld is out with a knee injury.

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