Liverpool have been in a bad run of form lately. The Reds are without a win in three and they’ll be eager to turn their bad luck around. A trip to Villa Park is on the horizon, the boss could kill two birds with one stone with a win. Leighton Clarkson starting in the FA Cup for Liverpool would be a massive show of faith in the youngster given the gravity of the fixture.
The last three games have been absolutely dire for Liverpool.
The Reds are without a win in their last three games with a pattern emerging from the disappointments.
Sam Allardyce parked the bus at Anfield as we drew with West Brom.
Steve Bruce followed suit at St. James’ Park with the Reds shutout in the North East.
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Southampton sunk Liverpool with an early goal at St. Mary’s. Despite a controversial non-penalty in the second half, the Reds didn’t do enough.
Liverpool take on Aston Villa
This Friday sees the Reds journey to the scene of their most humiliating defeat of recent times.
Liverpool take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup with everything to prove.
They will be wanting to avenge their 7-2 thrashing earlier in the season whilst also putting an end to their tough run of form.
Leighton Clarkson in FA Cup for Liverpool
Before Christmas we saw Jürgen Klopp start with an academy prospect in defensive midfield against FC Midtjylland.
The 19-year-old has been likened to Philipp Lahm at the club.
Should Jürgen Klopp decide to play Leighton Clarkson in the FA Cup for Liverpool then it would be a massive show of faith in the youngster.
The Lahm likened midfielder impressed in bursts in Denmark.
He is tipped for a bright future at the club with Jürgen Klopp regularly gushing over the youngster.
Given the gravity of the fixture, if Clarkson starts on Friday it would say a lot about what Klopp’s plans are for the teenager.
Sure, the boss usually plays the youngsters in the cup but the circumstances around this game could see him change his plans. The likes of Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain need to recover match sharpness.
Hopefully he’ll continue to progress and the FA Cup is the perfect stage for him to showcase what he’s got.