It’s hardly surprising that Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to his starting line-up for the FA Cup tie against Wolves.
With the Reds currently four points clear at the top of the table, the club are currently focussing all of their efforts to win their first ever Premier League title.
And following a hectic festive period, Klopp felt the need to rest many of his star players.
Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson were left at home, while Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were named on the bench.
Liverpool may not have won a trophy since 2012 but Klopp clearly didn’t want to risk any injuries which would jeopardise their league campaign.
Even before the game, Klopp felt that even an FA Cup triumph would still leave people asking why they didn’t win the league.
“When people talk to me about silverware it looks like we have to get each little thing,” he said.
“If we would win the FA Cup people would still say ‘but you didn’t win the Premier League for 425 years.’”
Within six minutes of the game, Liverpool had 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever replacing the injured Dejan Lovren to join 17-year-old Rafa Camacho and 18-year-old Curtis Jones on the pitch.
It was a poor first-half display from Liverpool and they found themselves 1-0 down in the 38th-minute after Raul Jimenez’s finish.
But within six minutes of the second-half, they were level.
Divock Origi picked up the ball outside the box and his powerful left-footed strike found the back of the net.
Liverpool were back in the tie.
But it seemed as though Klopp wasn’t too bothered.
Fans noticed his reaction after Origi’s goal as he just stood there motionless.
KLOPP'S LACK OF CELEBRATION WHEN ORIGI SCORED
Take a look:
Was he fearing a replay? Or was he just still angry about the poor first-half?
Well, many fans believed it was because Klopp had no interest in the FA Cup.
Check out the reaction from fans:
If Klopp didn't particularly want Liverpool to progress, then he got his wish.
Just four minutes after Origi's equaliser, Ruben Neves scored a brilliant goal from outside the area to knock Liverpool out.
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