Liverpool have never gone further than the fifth round of the FA Cup under Jürgen Klopp. The boss has seen the domestic cups as an unwanted distraction at best. The Reds have instead focused on the league and continental competition. In contrarian fashion, Gini Wijnaldum has said he wants to win the FA Cup this year.
FA Cup under Jürgen Klopp
The Reds have consistently fielded weakened sides in the cup since Jürgen Klopp took over.
In the third round last season we saw a team of kids beat Everton at Anfield.
Curtis Jones, fresh into the first team, curled a winner into the top corner to win the game.
Previously we’ve seen nigh on foetal sides; a 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever took part when the Reds were knocked out by Wolves in 2019.
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Whilst this approach keeps legs fresh for more important competitions, the Reds have never progressed further than the fifth round under Jürgen Klopp.
Gini Wijnaldum wants the FA Cup
The Reds are in the fourth round draw after beating a weakened Aston Villa side 4-1 at Villa Park.
The hosts were forced to field a youthful side due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the club.
Speaking to the official club site after the game, Gini Wijnaldum said he wants to win the FA Cup this season:
“We said at the beginning of the season that we wanted to play for everything.
“Of course it’s difficult to play everything with your strongest team because during the season you play so many games, especially now, and you have to rotate a lot.
“But I think we did well [against Villa] and hopefully we can do well in the next round because this is a competition we also want to win.
“We have won a lot but the FA Cup we haven’t won, so we want to do it.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool winning the FA Cup would be quite a surprise.
Not that we don’t have the strength to win it but we don’t tend to field sides strong enough to do so.
Jürgen Klopp is likely to rest players further down the line, particularly given the injury crisis.
If we’ve got a cup tie at the weekend and the Champions League in midweek it doesn’t take a genius to figure out which tie gets priority.