Klopp – Liverpool don’t benefit from cup exits
Jurgen Klopp does not feel being out of both domestic cup competitions gives Liverpool an advantage in the Premier League title race.
A much-changed Reds side was dumped out of the FA Cup by Wolves on Monday, while Chelsea put pay to their chances of advancing in the Carabao Cup back in September.
By contrast, Liverpool’s title rivals Manchester City and Tottenham both advanced through in the FA Cup and they also have the second-legs of their Carabao Cup semi-final ties to come later this month.
Indeed, those two sides are on course to play at least two more games than Liverpool between now and the resumption of the Champions League in February, but Klopp does not believe his side have an advantage in the title race because of their cup exits.
‘There’s no advantage, we will see it,’ Klopp told reporters. ‘When does the Champions League start? In February? It’s not even a month and then we talk again completely differently. It’s just the situation.
‘Other teams played more games, they are still in competitions, but they can deal with it, you can see it.
‘We could deal with it as well with the right number of players, that’s how it is, but that’s all. There’s no advantage, we have to use the time.’
Liverpool will be involved in five Premier League matches before the Champions League resumes, starting with Saturday’s trip to The Amex to take on Brighton.
The Merseysiders could re-establish their seven-point lead at the top of the standings with City and Spurs not playing until later in the weekend and punters may choose to use their free bet to back them to secure a win on Saturday.