Joe Allen hopes going on to win the Capital One Cup at Wembley could be the kickstart for a successful era for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.
Allen came off the bench in Tuesday night’s semi-final second leg against Stoke City to score the crucial spot-kick in a 6-5 shootout win which took the Reds to a record-extending 11th League Cup final.
“It’s right up there with the best moments I’ve had in a Liverpool shirt, no matter what happens in the future,” said the 25-year-old.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly nervous walking up there, but I think you get into the zone, this is what we do day-in and day-out.
“There was actually a little bit of confusion about who was going to take the seventh penalty. In the end we settled on it being me.
“We practise them, but it is probably something we don’t do regularly enough.
“A couple of days ago we did. I just took one and put it in the same corner and that probably made my mind up and that is the reason I went with that pen and thankfully it came off.
“The atmosphere was electric. It’s moments like that which is what football is all about.
“It’s a big moment not only for me but also for this group.”
Allen hoping for consistency
Champions League qualification looks no closer than when Brendan Rodgers was in charge before his sacking in mid-October, but bringing home a trophy would be an immediate return for Jurgen Klopp, something his predecessor did not manage in three years.
“We made it slightly difficult for ourselves, but we managed to get through and that will give us confidence,” Allen said.
“We want to make sure now that we go to Wembley and bring home that trophy. Everyone will be looking forward to going there and doing what it takes to get that win.
“Consistency is what we’re looking for now moving forward this season.
“There’s been some great standout performances and standout results. It’s about doing it now more consistently. We believe as a squad that’s on the horizon.
“We are looking forward to getting the ball rolling and showing that we are a threat to anyone.”
Cup win could be springboard
Allen believes a cup final appearance can be the springboard for the Klopp era at Anfield and banish the demons of a woeful Wembley FA Cup semi-final defeat to a struggling Aston Villa side last April.
Martin Skrtel and Jordan Henderson are the only two players remaining from the 2012 League Cup-winning side – Lucas Leiva was injured for the final and Jose Enrique has since been frozen out of the first-team picture – and so the notion of winning silverware with Liverpool is a new one for the majority of the squad.
“Everyone knows the supporters at this club expect to see us compete for silverware and that’s what the players want as well,” he said.
“That’s our ambition when we set off on any season. We’ve got a great opportunity now.
“We got to Wembley in the semi-final of the FA Cup last season, but there was disappointment because we didn’t perform anywhere near the levels we’re capable of.
“We want to make sure we put that right. You have to use that as inspiration.
“At the time it’s a bitter pill to swallow. Thankfully this group has worked hard to get another chance.
“The best way for us to really kick off this new era is with silverware. That’s our ambition.
“We’re hoping that if we can get that first trophy it will give us the confidence to go into other competitions and try to do the same. It’s a huge incentive for us.”