Jurgen Klopp was ecstatic after fulltime when he learned that Liverpool had made it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time during his spell as boss of the Reds.
The German stated his disbelief at the fact that the Anfield outfit booked its place in the FA Cup last 8 for just the first time under his guidance but admitted he was very happy to do so.
Just days after beating Chelsea in a highly emotionally charged Carabao Cup final which ended with a penalty shootout, Klopp said his side needed to make 10 days to cope.
The result was a 2-1 win over Norwich, with Takumi Minamino scoring a fine brace to continue his impressive streak of scoring for the Reds in the cups.
Yet, as Liverpool continue on their mission to conquer all four competitions, reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals has come with a cost and it’s one that could allegedly give Manchester City an unintended advantage in the Premier League.
According to a report from the Mirror, Liverpool will have their league clash with Manchester United later this month rearranged due to their progression in the FA Cup.
However, I believe the Mirror have failed to fact check as Man City have also progressed to the last eight and their league fixture with Brighton is also set to be rescheduled.
The inference from the Mirror was that Liverpool would have another game in hand over Man City and that the league leaders would have the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table even further but that’s not the case.
The Premier League’s current top two sides are six points apart but the FA Cup should play no role in whether or not that gap opens up or narrows even further.
Spurs beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad to blow the title race back open and the Reds are now full of confidence after winning the Carabao Cup not to mention they have won their last 6 games in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s men have a draw and a loss in their last 6 along with four wins and with Manchester United visiting their city rivals this weekend, it could be that Ralf Rangnick holds the keys to the title race.