Liverpool FC: Could a League Cup Win Launch Liverpool Back into the "Top Four"?

Neil HarperCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2011

Tonight, Liverpool face their first cup game of the season away against Exeter in the League Cup—or Carling Cup to others—and I began thinking about what a win in this competition could do for Liverpool.

Although I may be thinking a bit too far ahead, and I do like to take one game at a time, I can't help but think of what Liverpool can achieve this season.

OK, the Carling Cup isn't the most prestigious competition and it certainly is not what it used to be, but it does bring some of that "cup magic" that we always see in the F.A Cup—look at last night. Four Premiership teams were dumped out of the competition to lower-league opposition, and no doubt more will tonight or in the next round, like Liverpool did last season in the third round to Northampton.

All the same teams are in the competition, and for Liverpool to win it would be a real achievement considering last season's troubles. This would be the perfect time for Liverpool to have a success story, and it is do-able for Liverpool this season as they have the depth in the squad to have a fit first team for each game and some rising youth players joining the squad.

The Reds definitely have the the players to go far in the League Cup.

Now onto this idea of being back in the "top four." Liverpool have not been a part of this in the last few seasons, and although they will have difficulty finishing fourth this season, winning the League Cup could show the rest of the league why Liverpool are still a formidable opposition and can still challenge for the Premiership.

Liverpool have not won a cup since 2006 and not won the Carling Cup since 2003. Bringing some of the glory back to the club by winning a trophy this season would be fantastic, especially considering the last few seasons where Liverpool haven't reached past the fourth round in either domestic cup.

The most difficult game will be tonight against Exeter because Liverpool will play a weakened team. As proven in the past, Liverpool have been on the receiving end of a giant killing because of this, but getting a win tonight would give me a lot of faith in them winning the cup and then taking it onto the next round.

There is still a long way to go, but maybe given enough time for this competition will be for the best for Liverpool and a trip to Wembley wouldn't be so bad either.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment.