Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to select a strong side for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Manchester United as he seeks to bring an end to the Reds’ slump in form.
Klopp has seen his side lose two and draw the other three of their last five Premier League matches, with their only victory since Christmas coming in the FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa’s youngsters.
Some were surprised at the strength of team Klopp named for that clash at Villa Park, but the German was looking to get some rhythm into his players nine days before the Premier League meeting with United at Anfield.
With Liverpool facing a tough league clash at Tottenham on Thursday, Klopp – who has never taken Liverpool beyond the fifth round of the FA Cup – may have been tempted to rest some players for the clash at Old Trafford under different circumstances.
But the club’s horrendous form means he will be determined to do all he can to help the Reds get themselves back on track before their league title defence slips away, with The Times claiming that he will turn to his superstars for the trip to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
While the team for the 4-1 win at Villa did include several of his stars, Klopp also picked youngsters Caoimhin Kelleher, Neco and Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones, who turns 20 next week.
After giving starts to Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the midweek defeat to Burnley, Klopp could turn to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson to start against United.
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