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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp urges players to stay cool in League Cup final

LIVERPOOL -- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his players will take inspiration from the club's history as he urged them to keep cool in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

Klopp said the easing of Liverpool's injury problems had left him with a selection headache -- but stressed that a triumph at the national stadium would be "for the whole squad."

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Recent injury absentees Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel all trained at Melwood on Friday, adding to the manager's potential options.

And Klopp told a news conference on Friday he had urged his squad to remember that they had all contributed on the road to Wembley.

"We have had a few problems since I've been here, but never the problem of too many players," he said.

"It's the most difficulty I have had up to now, because a few players will be disappointed.

"This morning, I had 30 players in training and it was at its highest level. I don't want to say it was because of the final, but it was real competition for the whole squad. Now I have to make decisions.

"But if we win this competition it's for the whole squad, not only those who play on Sunday.

"The players may not see it like this, but I hope they are smart enough to see this is how it is. That's what I told them."

Klopp said the club had made a video to inspire the players and explained: "Liverpool played there [at Wembley] a few times -- so we can use our own history [for inspiration].

"I have been with Borussia Dortmund [in the 2013 Champions League final], and I know what it is like. We will stop dreaming at the first whistle, but it's allowed to dream for now."

The German said being in football meant working "only to win" and added: "A lot of managers have to work their whole life [for a trophy], but after a short time we have a chance.

"I'm sure you'll see in the game that we really want this. We're 90 minutes or extra time or penalties away from this -- it's all about work."

Klopp urged his players to stay focused throughout Sunday's final and added: "If you are clear with your attitude and cannot do more... that coolness is very important in a game like this."

Tom is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @writertombell.


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