- Aug 25, 2011
To be fair to Klopp, a lot us would have expected Pochettino to do the same thing under the circumstances. They have a fantastic chance of winning the league and they are still in the Champions League, a competition they reached the final of last season. At this early stage of the competition the F.A. Cup will have barely factored in their list of priorities. It could of course badly backfire on them in a few weeks time if they go out for the Champions League and lose their lead in the table. As things stand though I think it's hard to criticise him for saving his key players for bigger challenges ahead.
However I think most people have a gripe with the double standards and hypocrisy because when Poch did it he got pelters from some in the media and opposition fans (notably Liverpool fans), even though at the time we clearly didn't have the squad to compete on all fronts and were actually pushing for the title too. Not too mention that we are continuously dismissed for having no depth yet need to win one of these trophies, whereas Liverpool (who I don't think have better depth than us, just better luck with injuries) are right to prioritise yet have the depth to handle it apparently.