Liverpool can still save their season – Hamann

The Championship leaders are expected to prove a test for Brendan Rodgers’s side in the League Cup but a victory going into their game against Arsenal would be a boost

Liverpool can still save their season and could kick-start it beating Bournemouth to reach the League Cup semi-finals, according to former midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

Brendan Rodgers’ side head to Dean Court searching for a change of fortunes following a 1-1 draw against Basel that dumped the club out of the Champions League and a 3-0 defeat by arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

A trip to the Championship leaders could prove tricky – the Cherries are unbeaten since the end of the September – but Hamann knows that the impact of a win could be very positive before a Premier League meeting with Arsenal.

“In a season, sometimes you just need one result and one spark from somewhere then all of a sudden the whole complex of the season and team changes,” the German told the club’s official website.

“It’s tough going to a Championship team on any given day, especially when you go to a team that are top of the league and on a fantastic run.

“It doesn’t matter where you are in the league and what’s happening – if you are in the last eight of a cup competition, it’s always a big game because this club is about winning trophies.

“You have to be in the Champions League but you need to win a trophy every now and then. As a club, a team and players, you learn an awful lot about yourself and your team-mates when you play in a quarter-final, semi-final or, hopefully in this case, a final.

“It is an opportunity; I’d rather go to Bournemouth away than Chelsea or Manchester City away and Liverpool will be favourites. They have just got to get out there.

“If you go to Bournemouth and win the game, then you look forward to the Arsenal game. A week is a long time in football. They just have to keep working hard now, believe in themselves, get a result on Wednesday and then move on to Arsenal.”

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