As Emre Can prepares for one of the most important games of his career, the Liverpool midfielder can’t help recall the biggest of the lot – against his current manager.
Jurgen Klopp will lead the Reds into this afternoon’s Capital One Cup final clash with Manchester City knowing it is their best chance to lift a trophy in his first season on Merseyside.
The German boss knows that triumphant feeling, having won a pair of Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund and back-to-back German Supercups in 2013 and 2014.
It could have been a hat-trick, had Dortmund won the 2012 Supercup, but they were beaten at the Allianz Arena by a Bayern Munich side featuring a teenage Can.
Now the Germany international is hoping to channel that feeling at Wembley and guarantee Klopp some silverware this season.
“I played one Supercup final against Borussia Dortmund and against Jurgen Klopp for Bayern Munich and we won and that is the biggest game I’ve had in my career so far,” said Can.
I think it is the best feeling in the world to win trophies and that is what I could do in the Supercup and that is what I want more times.
“I came to Liverpool to win trophies. Liverpool is the same [as Bayern]. Both are big clubs and they want to win titles and that is what I want here as I wanted at Bayern Munich.
“It is very important for us to win a trophy. We are such a young team so to get that feeling you can win trophies we can then say we are in the right way.”
Pitting his wits against Klopp is City manager Manuel Pellegrini and while his opposite number is enjoying his first season in charge at the club, the Chilean is nearing the end of his last.
Pellegrini will be replaced at the Etihad Stadium by Pep Guardiola this summer and could still bow out with a treble – they are in the hunt for the Premier League and Champions League.
Victory at Wembley would set them on course and full-back Gael Clichy believes they have the perfect man at the helm to achieve that.
No-one has had quite as much Wembley success as Arsene Wenger in the last two seasons and Clichy, who was managed by the Frenchman at Arsenal, insists he sees similarities between the Gunners boss and Pellegrini.
“He reminds me a bit of Arsene Wenger – very calm,” he said. “Whatever situation we are in, he always tries to keep the players calm.
That is a massive point for a manager and the players. You can have a reaction by telling off the players but sometimes you can gain a lot of confidence by being calm and he is the kind of manager that brings calmness to the dressing room.”
Jesus Navas, meanwhile, admits winning the trophy for Pellegrini would be part of a perfect send-off for the 62-year-old.
“Above all because it was the first cup that he won here and it would be very important for us and for him to win another trophy,” said the winger.
I think we really need to be focused and be really on it during the game for the whole 90 minutes.”