League cup can be catalyst for Liverpool

Updated: February 24, 2012, 3:23 PM ET
By Andi Thomas | Special to ESPN.com

For clubs with aspirations to compete at the upper end of the Premier League, the league cup has, in recent years, been a curious mix of opportunity and distraction. General convention dictates that they pick teams heavy on youth, a policy that arguably reached its apogee when an Arsenal side with an average outfield age of 20 demolished Liverpool 6-3 in 2007. (Though even then Julio Baptista, a not-particularly coltish 25 at the time, scored four of the Gunners' goals.) While ostensibly ...

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