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CHELSEA 3-03-20 FAC 3 (A)

After a sobering defeat at Watford I have seen calls for a first team eleven to be picked for this game.  I don't think that will happen and Klopp has hinted that the team will be of similar strength to that which played at Shrewsbury in the last round (not the replay).  I think Klopp is right because the FA Cup is our third priority.  Saturday reminded us that there is still a job to be done in the PL while next week we have a huge task to overturn the result in Madrid.  Playing the first team against Chelsea and risking injury to key players makes no sense.

I suspect the team will be something like this:


Williams/Hoever Matip Lovren Milner

Lallana Chirivella Jones

Mane Minamino Origi

Williams is ahead of Hoever in the pecking order currently but he took a knock last week so if he is deemed unfit I would expect Hoever to start.  We are a bit short of forward choices with Shaqiri still injured, so I have included Mane as he had a break recently through injury and has not yet got back to top form.  If Klopp does not want to risk him, he could play Jones in attack and bring in another midfielder.  Keita needs game time but he is still injured so it would be Ox or Fabinho.

I would see Chelsea as favourites for this one given the team we are likely to put out, but after our performances against Everton and in the Shrewsbury replay, maybe we are destined to go far this season in the FA Cup.


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  • The First 11: Adrián, Williams, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Lallana, Fabinho, Jones, Minamino, Mané, Origi. The Bench: Milner, Firmino, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lonergan, Matip, Chirivella. This is going to be interesting.
  • I would prefer to put out a strong side and kick the crap out of Chelsea like we're a wounded animal baying for blood from last weekend's defeat. I think Klopp should go for the FA Cup as an extra token to win it (only if we fail in the CL this season) and this cup can be an insurance to win an extra trophy and I don't know if Chelsea is putting out a weak side unless they are putting all their eggs in one basket for clinching a place in the top four for next season's Champions League. We shall see what happens tomorrow night.
  • It'll almost certainly be a mixed team and I can see the logic in resting players you don't want to get injured but if Liverpool do lose this game they'll have gone from winning every week for the last five or so months to losing three games within a matter of weeks. Does that make it more important that they win this game? I don't know, but I feel a little uneasy about risking consecutive defeats. A game away at Chelsea will be hard and if we don't put out a reasonably strong team we will not win it, it's as simple as that. While I can appreciate the need to rotate the squad for various reasons I hope Klopp doesn't set up the team to fail by mixing up the team too much, a loss now would be counterproductive.
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