Liverpool’s trip to Wolves on Monday night in the FA Cup third round will reveal whether or not Jurgen Klopp takes the competition seriously amidst a serious charge for the Premier League title, but it could also potentially be both Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne’s last chance to salvage their careers at Anfield.
Moreno has made just two league starts this season for the Reds, and even those have come as a result of Klopp’s preference to rotate his side throughout a congested fixture schedule. He recently confessed to the media that he is unhappy at the club as a result of his time spent on the bench, coupled with Klopp’s treatment of him, which will most likely have the opposite effect to the one he desired.
In Clyne’s case, he has made just a single league start, which came as a result of injuries to Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner, the latter of which Klopp prefers at right-back over Clyne even though he is a midfielder by trade – Cardiff are said to be keeping tabs on the full-back’s situation.
The first-choice full-back pairing of Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold looks unshakeable at the moment, and rightly so. Moreno and Clyne will need to impress and prove their worth to Klopp, or they will most likely be heading for the exit door very soon.
The out-of-favour duo are very likely to start at Molineux against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, seeing as the league leaders had a very physically demanding game against the champions Manchester City on Thursday, just days before the FA Cup clash.
Klopp will not want to risk causing an injury to Robertson or Alexander-Arnold, as losing either of the full-backs could seriously hamper his side’s title challenge given their importance to the side.
The way in which Wolves play, with tricky wide forwards such as Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa, Morgan Gibbs-White and Adama Traore, Moreno and Clyne should see enough action coming their way for Klopp to judge their credentials – Liverpool are on their way back amongst Europe’s best, and they cannot carry any passengers.