Former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage has warned Liverpool that they could live to regret their FA Cup exit on Monday.
The Reds crashed out of the competition after a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, and Savage is worried that the defeat could derail their Premier League title challenge.
“They will outgun Brighton this weekend but, in the long run, I hope [Jurgen] Klopp does not live to regret that FA Cup defeat at Wolves,” he wrote in his Daily Mirror column. “When it’s been seven years without a trophy to parade around Anfield, Klopp needs the mentality of winners, not nearly-men who are great entertainers with no pots to show for it.
“If you are going to bring Mo Salah off the bench when you are 2-1 down, why not play him from the start and rest him after 60 minutes when you might be 2-1 up? When you have gone seven years without a trophy, I’m not sure you can prioritise one competition ahead of others.”
Savage does have a bit of a point here in regards to Salah. There really was no point Klopp bringing him on when the game had already unraveled for Liverpool. The choice was either to rest him completely or start him and, as Savage says, bring him off after an hour when you’re much more likely to be ahead if he’d been playing. It is surprising that it’s now been seven years since Liverpool last tasted silverware. That’s a long time for a club of this magnitude and so it is disappointing to see them go out of the FA Cup. Will Klopp live to regret his decision to make changes for the Wolves game, though? It’s unlikely. The Reds will now get valuable rest time while their title rivals battle it out in multiple competitions. Liverpool have their biggest chance in years to become Premier League champions and that, ultimately, has to come before anything else.