Paul Merson has explained he’ll be “disappointed” if Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp decides to recall both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino this weekend in the FA Cup.
Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday to face bitter rivals Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Merseyside giants go into the cup fixture off the back of a shock 1-0 home defeat against Burnley, as the Reds lost for the first time in the league at Anfield since 2017.
It means that Liverpool are fourth in the league table as they try to defend the title and current leaders are Man United.
Klopp opted to put both key attackers Salah and Firmino on the bench against Burnley, before using them as substitutes in the second-half.
Merson has questioned the thinking of the Liverpool manager and claims resting them for the FA Cup would be a poor decision.
“Why would you rest players ahead of an FA Cup game?” Merson told Sky Sports.
“I’d be really shocked if he played his strongest team at Manchester United on Sunday, I’d have played them against Burnley and then given them a rest ahead of next week’s trip to Tottenham.
“Klopp would have probably watched the FA Cup growing up, and it was the ultimate back in the day, but it’s not now. I’d be disappointed if he played Salah and Firmino at Old Trafford because Liverpool need to now get a result next week at Spurs after losing to Burnley.”
It remans to be seen if Klopp will name a full strength team at Old Trafford in the cup, but his team selection from midweek suggests he might.
Liverpool should have had enough ammunition on the pitch to beat Burnley and ended up falling short with yet another disappointment in the league.
Perhaps a decent cup run can help reignite their poor form, but they will need to be at their best to beat an in-form Man United.
The teams played out a 0-0 draw in a recent league match between them, but perhaps a cup tie will make for a more entertaining spectacle.