Jurgen Klopp must finally turn focus to FA Cup to rejuvenate Liverpool
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson react to their defeat
United are in exceptional form, especially on the road in the league where they are unbeaten in over a year, but even club legends do not expect them to sustain their status at the summit.
There is still too much football to be played and so much has already happened to have any credence in the destination of the title.
City were discounted not so long ago, Chelsea were considered favourites in early December and now look flattered by their eighth place, Liverpool had been all but crowned champions again following their 7-0 scorching of Crystal Palace and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in crisis after crisis but his side are setting the pace…
And so while the FA Cup cannot match the prestige nor the financial incentives of winning the league or Europe’s premier competition, it offers a wider chance for success in a minefield of a season.
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Klopp has hinted he will field a strong XI at Old Trafford. “We want to win the game, it’s clear,” he said.
“We want to go through and for that we have to play really well because United is obviously in a good moment and they get all the results they wanted so far. That’s why we have to be ready, 100 per cent.”
United have also won their past seven FA Cup home fixtures without conceding a goal, which is not the most welcome news for a team battling to click in the final third.
Victory for Liverpool, though, can help shift the clouds, and reset a team that have been a shade of themselves for a month.
It will also grant only their third passage to the quarter-finals since winning the tournament in 2006. That stat might not have mattered much in the recent past, but it gains significance in Liverpool’s current funk and in the strangest of seasons.
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