“Why is it ‘Wem-ber-lee’, by the way? I saw it written down that way,” asks Jürgen Klopp from the far end of a table inside Liverpool’s plush new training centre in Kirkby.
After a mumbled and aborted attempt to sing him the answer, Klopp’s curiosity is satisfied, but he is clearly a little rusty on matters relating to what his fans once dubbed “Anfield South”. As are his team.
Together they have lifted trophies in Madrid, Doha, Istanbul and behind closed doors at Anfield. But nothing at Wembley. There is a lasting need, explains the Liverpool manager, to correct that in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
“We will try with everything to have a Wembley moment,” Klopp says. “We all know that in this moment the people are really happy …