Wednesday sees Liverpool face MK Dons in the 3rd round of the League Cup. Liverpool are the record holders of England’s second domestic cup and have a relatively easy tie for their first game in the competition this year. However, it would be a great result for the Reds if they were to lose the game on Wednesday.
Liverpool could play up to 67 games this season, excluding potential FA Cup replays. The League Cup is arguably the lowest priority competition. Although the Club World Cup is not a tournament that teams take too seriously, it is a prestigious title that requires less games to play to win.
If the Reds are knocked out on Wednesday, they will free up a lot more time for rest, recovery and training ahead of more important games in the Premier League and Champions League.
So far Liverpool have won every game of their top flight campaign but losing to MK Dons could prove vital to continuing this vein of form. Of course, the Reds want to win every competition they are in but they simply do not have the same strength in depth as Man City. To stay in the League Cup would be to open up key players to more potential injuries and tiredness. With Jürgen Klopp looking to retain the Champions League and win Liverpool’s first Premier League title in 30 years, the Reds will need everybody fit and firing, losing to MK Dons would not be a disaster, it would be a blessing in disguise.