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FA Cup Third Round day used to be one of the highlights of the football year. A chance for the minnows to embarrass a big name. Today it's not the same with the Premier League and the Champion's League the main competitions for the bigger clubs. Thus I wouldn't be too bothered about the outcome of this game but for the fact that we are playing our "friends" from across Stanley Park. Our hectic recent schedule will surely mean wholesale changes to the team both to give players a rest and to avoid further injuries. The fact that we have 7 first teamers injured means that the team Klopp puts out is likely to be less experienced than is ideal but it does provide opportunities for more of our young players. I suspect the team will be something like the following which I am putting in a 4-2-3-1 formation:
Williams Phillips VanDijk Milner
Elliott Minamino Jones
VVD and Phillips could swap positions so Phillips has experienced players either side and VVD protects Williams but I suspect Phillips is more comfortable on the right. The three behind Origi lack experience but they have the potential to be very creative. There's not a lot of goals in that team though and we will need to rely on Origi to cause Everton his usual problems.
This is a game when the worst result would not be a defeat (as long as we put up a strong performance) but a draw. I don't know how I would feel if there was 10 minutes left and we were a goal down. The head would say let Everton hang on but the heart would probably override that and hope for an equaliser. If Everton put out their strongest team I would say they were favourites but any team Klopp puts out can be expected to give 100% and give a thoroughly professional performance. Let's hope it is enough, as the last thing I want is for my Evertonin mate to have bragging rights, however temporary those rights might be.