Liverpool should leave our biggest stars at home during the Club World Cup. The Reds travel to Doha in mid-December to compete in the competition for the first time since 2005.
Jürgen Klopp’s side is face something of a fixture crisis ahead of the tournament next month.
The 52-year-old German should leave Liverpool’s best players on Merseyside and here is why.
The Club World Cup couldn’t come at a worse time. An already busy Christmas fixture list has now become almost unmanageable. Liverpool face two games on two different continents in less than 24 hours.
While the rare opportunity to compete in the competition and make history shouldn’t be played down its important, we don’t’ let it have a detrimental impact on our season.
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The unnecessary long-haul flight and two extra games could have a seriously negative impact on the team.
Jurgen Klopp is lucky enough to have a brilliant squad of players at his disposable. Liverpool are more than capable of keeping our best players at home and still winning the Club World Cup.
The Reds face the not so small matter of a Carabao Cup quarter final tie against Aston Villa.
Liverpool have opted for youth in the first two rounds of the competition but would be able to field a stronger side should the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino stay at home next month.
The Villains gave us all we could handle in the Premier League and will undoubtedly provide a much sterner test than MK Dons or Arsenal’s youth team.
During Klopp’s four-year reign at Anfield he is yet to claim a domestic trophy. The league cup provides the perfect opportunity to put that right early in the season and instill a winning mentality ahead of the last few months of the campaign.
Liverpool should leave our best players at home during the Club World Cup. As our second-string side is more than capable of winning the competition. The Reds should prioritise our pursuit of the Premier League and domestic cups during a busy Christmas period.