Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s FA Cup exit will not bring title advantage

Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s FA Cup exit will not bring title advantage

"If Fabinho has to play as a centre half what we want is the natural understanding of the game", he said.

They are still four points clear of Manchester City in the title race, and will now benefit from more rest with no more FA Cup fixtures.

Whereas Pep Guardiola's second-placed team remain in both domestic cup competitions Liverpool have several free weeks ahead of league duties having exited the FA and Carabao Cups in the third round. He also turned in a good performance when he played there at Molineux last week. "We don't think about the season before or 20 years ago", the Reds boss added.

"That's not different to if we came through December without injuries - unfortunately we didn't come through 100%". It usually doesn't happen but here it happened and was a bit of bad luck.

"Why should we compare it with other situations?"

"And he said as much afterwards, by saying that the players he brought in, even the experienced players that were brought into the side, were struggling for rhythm and that just made it harder for the younger players who were brought in, which we should have been able to tell beforehand really".

"The other players we've mentioned have done it over a long period. That is possible. We have to use the time and understand the challenge right", he said.

"There's no advantage. You can do a lot of wrong things when you have a week to train".

With all three centre-backs out, Fabinho will now have to step into the centre-half role in a partnership with Van Dijk. "We speak in the week, but try to not make it more complicated than it is".

Defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday leaves the league leaders with a run of five league matches - against Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester, West Ham and Bournemouth - before the Champions League last-16 encounter with Bayern Munich in February.

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