Sky Sports pundit Matt Upson believes that it would have been good for the FA Cup if Liverpool had been beaten by Shrewsbury at Anfield in their fourth round replay.
On the Debate, Upson weighed into the debate over Jurgen Klopp’s decision not to attend the match or play any of his senior first team stars.
Geoff Shreeves asked him if he was happy Liverpool had won and Upson responded: “It would have been good to see them pay a price for it. I don’t think that would have been a bad thing for the FA Cup.
“It would have been great to have seen an upset. It would have shone something on the FA Cup, that you have to put the right amount of energy and commitment into it if you want to go on and win it. The giantkilling is the hope, that’s the message.”
TBR’s View – Upson’s message goes too far
Plenty of neutrals generally want to see upsets in every round of the FA Cup, and fans of rival clubs always want to see big boys get shocked. There’s not a lot new in that.
But for Upson to wish Liverpool had lost because of their decision to make changes – something every side does to some extent these days – is a step too far.
The scheduling of the match during the winter break highlights the lack of communication and joined up thinking between the FA and the Premier League.
That’s not something Jurgen Klopp is to blame for – although he should have attended the match – and he also picked a team capable of getting the job done.