Paul Merson believes Liverpool's early elimination from the FA Cup could influence their season in an unexpectedly positive way.
The Reds were beaten 2-1 by a spirited Wolverhampton Wanderer side at Molineux on Monday night. The hosts, who looked to be on the front foot from the very beginning, opened the scoring in the first half after a defensive howler from James Milner, which allowed forward
“The wind didn’t help.”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 7, 2019
Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side struggled with the wind vs Wolves. pic.twitter.com/Fy9NQfMwUL
Klopp's men equalised through Divock Origi's well-taken goal in the second half but were ultimately left undone by a piece of brilliance by Ruben Neves, who beat the Liverpool stopper from an outside-the-box effort to win his team the tie.
The defeat at Wolverhampton means Liverpool are only fighting for the Premier League and the Champions League, and former Arsenal man, Paul Merson, feels the upset at Molineux
“I just think it's another game out the way,” he said on The Verdict, as quoted by Express.
"They've got a two-week break after playing a couple more league games and recharge their batteries."
Liverpool have failed to progress past the 4th round of the FA Cup since Jürgen Klopp took charge:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 7, 2019
2015/16: 4th round
2016/17: 4th round
2017/18: 4th round
2018/19: 3rd round
The earliest exit yet. pic.twitter.com/VLxn1Wt3Gn
"As long as it doesn't affect the players' thinking, two defeats on the trot, but they've just been beaten by Man City, one of the best teams in the world, and made nine changes tonight.