Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones does not think League Cup is top priority
Last Updated: September 26, 2012 9:38am
Brad Jones does not believe the Capital One Cup is a top priority for Liverpool but knows it is a good chance for fringe players to prove themselves.
The Reds won the League Cup last season, when former boss Kenny Dalglish took the competition very seriously as he sought to end the club's six-year trophy drought.
But, since a change of management in the summer which saw Brendan Rodgers take over, Liverpool have been undergoing something of a transition.
That has not been helped by their start to the season, which has seen them take just two points from five matches and leave them in the bottom three of the Premier League.
"For us, whoever goes out, it is the same principle - we want to get the same result"
Rodgers is naturally prioritising the league and is giving youngsters their chance in both the Europa League and the competition they begin their defence of on Wednesday at West Bromwich Albion.
"Every game we want to go out and get results so obviously last year was good for the club to win a trophy and we did well in the cups," said Jones, referring also to Liverpool's run to the FA Cup final.
"This year is maybe a little bit different in terms of where the club wants to go and what we want to do.
"But we want to get results and tick along so it is important for whoever goes out to put on a show and hopefully get a result.
"You might see a few different players playing so it is a chance like it was at Young Boys in the Europa League.
"For us, whoever goes out, it is the same principle - we want to get the same result."
The youngsters gave a good account of themselves in Switzerland last week with a 5-3 win in their first Group A game.
Jones believes the club has enough talent among the up-and-coming prospects to be able to bring a number into the first team.
But he knows they have to prove themselves in senior football first, as he added: "The boys who play are definitely going to show the manager that they are capable.
"Going into first-team games is a different story but they can only prove that by going and playing. It is the only chance the boys are going to get to be really taken seriously."