Can Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool finally end their FA Cup fourth-round curse?
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Can Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool finally end their FA Cup fourth-round curse?

Liverpool may be redefining the history books following their best-ever start to a league campaign as well as their pursuit of a third successive Champions League final in May. However, there is another competition and one personally worrying statistic that Jurgen Klopp will want to put a swift end to.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: Curtis Jones of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 with Jurgen Klopp the head coach / manager of Liverpool during the FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Following the Reds’ 1-0 victory over Everton in the third round of the FA Cup, the German manager will have another opportunity to finally progress beyond the fourth round of the competition.

It will be the fifth occasion the FIFA Coach of the Year will be attempting to end the miserable run that has seen them dumped out of the early stages of the world’s oldest cup competition on four separate occasions.

The previous instance the European champions progressed into the latter stages of the prestigious tournament was back in 2015 when Brendan Rodgers’ team were embarrassed in the semi-finals following a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

Liverpool haven’t made the final of the competition since 2012 where once again they were defeated following defeat to Chelsea.

Klopp’s inaugural bout in the FA Cup was swiftly ended during a fourth-round replay defeat to West Ham in 2016.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ English defender Richard Stearman (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 28, 2017. / AFP / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The following year fared no better as Liverpool were eliminated at the same stage following a crushing 2-1 defeat to then Championship outfit Wolves – Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann were on the scoresheet that afternoon in January 2017.

Klopp was finally able to enjoy a night of significant success in the competition following a 2-1 victory over Everton that saw club-record signing Virgil van Dijk score a late winner on his Liverpool debut.

However, any foundations built from that triumphant victory were quickly renounced after relegation-threatened West Brom sent Klopp packing once again in the fourth round following a 3-2 victory at Anfield in 2018.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-1 during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on January 7, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

Surely lightning wouldn’t strike a fourth time when a Premier League-chasing Liverpool once again faced off against Wolves in the famous competition, this time in a third-round clash at Molineux.

After fielding a vastly inexperienced side, Liverpool inevitably succame to elimination from the tournament before the fifth round for the fourth consecutive season.

Despite growing whispers of a potential treble this season following the victory against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, Liverpool will likely use the FA Cup as a foundation for younger players to announce themselves on the professional stage.

However, Klopp has installed a mentality of resilience and defiance that has been programmed in both the senior side and youth team alike. After claiming the scalp of a full-strength Toffees outfit, could the kids conjure up another miracle to finally put an end to the fourth round curse in the FA Cup for their German manager?

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