Liverpool might well have slipped against Manchester City, though everything about the Reds under Jurgen Klopp suggests they’re too good to allow a 2014-style collapse to set in.
Still, while most of the attention on Merseyside will naturally be directed towards the club’s hunt to end a 29-year top-flight trophy drought, perhaps an FA Cup tie after such an emotional loss away at the Etihad is exactly the right kind of thing. Indeed, with Wolves hosting the travelling Klopp army, it’s a perfect chance for the German coach to rest some of his team and start to give more peripheral figures a chance.
As the campaign hots up, it’s important everyone at Anfield is singing from the same hymn sheet and, considering the demanding physical set-up of a Klopponian team, feeding some of the figures on the sidelines back into action during a cup tie is the best way to do that.
With that in mind, here are two players he can turn to in order to keep Liverpool’s title challenge fresh.
After a strong start to life at Liverpool after his long-awaited Anfield arrival, Naby Keita hasn’t really hit the heights many would have expected him to. To be fair, some of Klopp’s best signings have always had this settling in process, though Liverpool’s rather workman-like midfield could do with a touch of class.
Getting Keita back into the swing of things could be a great idea.
Suggesting Daniel Sturridge should play football is by no means a bold call. He’s very good at it.
However, the outcast England international only really fits this new ‘super sub’ role when he’s match sharp. The kind of player capable of producing something out of nothing still needs to build off, well, something. He can’t be platformless and with Liverpool’s wonderfully devastating attacking trident undoubtedly first choice under Klopp, the FA Cup can help Sturridge really get up to speed.
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