Liverpool won’t be distracted by thoughts of Wembley

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not get carried away and “celebrate like kids” over a first trip to Wembley in six years as there is business to be done in the Premier League.

The 2-0 second-leg Carabao Cup win at Arsenal means a return to the national stadium for a domestic cup final for the first time since they lost to Manchester City in the League Cup during Klopp’s first season in 2016.

But while Thursday’s result was a much-needed boost, Klopp insists the Reds cannot allow their focus to be distracted from keeping the pressure on Manchester City, who have an 11-point cushion at the top of the table having played one match more.

Ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace, he said: “Last night we were flying. It gives us confidence because of everything which was said about us without the boys (Africa Cup of Nations absentees Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita) who are not available at the moment.

“We are not kids any more and will (not) be celebrating for the next four weeks, we just take the feeling and can hopefully use it.

Klopp is hopeful Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be in contention on Sunday after missing the Arsenal match with an ankle problem.

The German added: “Ox, we hope and pray. He was running yesterday but we don’t know what that exactly means for today.

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