Pres­sure on Liver­pool to cap­i­talise on Cup sac­ri­fice

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

Crit­i­cism of Jur­gen Klopp's de­ci­sion to make nine changes in crash­ing out of the FA Cup to Wolves will be fleet­ing as long as Liver­pool bounce back quickly in their quest to land a first league ti­tle for 29 years, start­ing at Brighton to­day.

Klopp rested Alis­son Becker, An­drew Robert­son, Vir­gil van Dijk, Trent Alexan­der-Arnold, Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum and Sa­dio Mane for Mon­day's de­feat at Mo­lineux, while Mo­hamed Salah and Roberto Firmino only made cameo ap­pear­ances off the bench for the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

Liver­pool have now been elim­i­nated from both do­mes­tic cup com­pe­ti­tions at the first hur­dle, but that


Lwill be a small price to pay should they hold on to a four-point lead over Manch­ester City at the top of the Pre­mier League.

Af­ter vis­it­ing the Amex to­day, Klopp's men have an­other three em­i­nently winnable home fix­tures against Le­ices­ter, Crys­tal Palace and Bournemouth plus a trip to West Ham be­fore fac­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Those five games pro­vide the per­fect plat­form for Liver­pool to at least con­sol­i­date their lead af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of los­ing their un­beaten record in the Pre­mier League to City to give the cham­pi­ons a foothold back in the ti­tle race.

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