FA Cup - Why Not Give It A Go?

Emlyn Hughes
Liverpool face Reading tomorrow evening in the historic and often overlooked competition of the FA Cup. Often shunned and even laughed at by some fans i feel that the silverware at stake should be given the respect it deserves.

Obviously clubs like ourselves (especially at this moment in time) will have bigger things to think about and the league will always be prioritised but in all fairness to collect the FA Cup is a brilliant achievement.

Although i can totally see why managers often rest players it can sometimes frustrate me, especially if it starts to happen when teams are still in the competition and it is getting nearer to the latter stages.

Bearing all this in mind for tomorrow i would love to see a mixture of players yet a team that has some sort of spine remaining. I.e. Maybe start Pacheco, Darby, Spearing etc etc but leave Carragher in at the back, Gerrard and maybe Kuyt. Just to keep some solidarity there and so that we still have the experience on the field to go out and progress.

Liverpool are still without Kelly, NEZ, Riera, Masch and now Glen Johnson although Ryan Babel is now available.

Reading themselves have a list 7 strong of injured players and so have limited options.

As for form Reading's last five results read - LDDDL. Reading seem a weakened side after losing players and vitally manager Steve Coppell.

No doubt it will be a very different game tomorrow compared to the Aston Villa game and you can guarantee it will not be a guessable line up, Reading no question about it though are definitely beatable even with a weakened Liverpool side and i for one would really like to see us continue our path in the FA Cup.

Reading have been a somewhat nonthreatening side of late but have still managed to find the net in their last 10 fixtures thus meaning with possibly a weakened back four Liverpool will need to be alert.

With Spurs next up it would be perfect if we could get this game out of the way without any injuries or frustrations and just a nice entertaining win to bag things up.

I shall await the team sheet in excitement tomorrow night as it is always brilliant when you get a chance to weigh up the abilities of some of the lesser known Liverpool lads.

Fingers crossed he starts Pacheco.