Liverpool play in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Plymouth Argyle and Klopp likes a knockout tournament here and there, so you can expect a reasonably motivated Liverpool. Is that enough to defeat Plymouth?
Liverpool: Something crept at Chelsea
Liverpool is currently the main pursuer of Chelsea. With 44 points in the first twenty games Liverpool has a backlog of five points on the leader, but it had to be a bit less. Chelsea lost last Wednesday namely 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, but perhaps it is because Chelsea did not feel any real pressure from Liverpool.
Two days earlier, namely Liverpool also dropped points. Visiting Sunderland Liverpool gave twice a lead hands and was eventually 2-2. It was not the Liverpool as we knew it. At times Liverpool went over Sunderland but Liverpool refused to turn his dominance into chances. Thereby Sunderland survived and came increasingly into the match, which ended 2-2 draw was a fair result.
You can count on that quite a few changes take place in the starting line of Liverpool. On Wednesday evening the U23 team of Liverpool still played against Bangor City and knew the game to win easily 6-0. A number of players from that team has been substituted rest, as they normally are seen as important. That hint at it that they will have a chance against Plymouth.
Probable lineup Liverpool
Karius, Alexander Arnold, Lovren, Gomez Moreno, Ejaria, Stewart, Leiva, Ojo, Origi, Woodburn
Plymouth Argyle: soaring in the League Two
While Liverpool second place occupied in the Premier League, Plymouth occupied the same spot three divisions lower. In League Two, the fourth level of England, Plymouth is common also in second place. The backlog at number one Doncaster Rovers is one point, and so is Plymouth in the race for promotion to League One.
Plymouth last weekend but lost it from Barnet, the current number nine of the league. Plymouth did not rest players, but also a busy period of festivities behind us. The team is somewhat tired and plays like Liverpool are fourth game in twelve days. That no one is sitting in the cold clothes, especially a team like Plymouth not.
That Plymouth lost at Barnet, can make of course the fact that Plymouth already had his head at Anfield. Plymouth had in fact all six matches in a row not lost (all competitions), so the defeat was somewhat out of the blue. Plymouth incidentally lost two of its last four away games and had in the third round of the FA Cup needed an extension to Newport County, also playing in the League Two, to shake off.
Probable lineup Plymouth Argyle
McCormick, Miller, Songo’o, Bradley, Threlkeld, Smith, Fox, Jervis, Carey, Donaldson, Slew