Jan Molby thinks Jurgen Klopp should continue with 'two sides' approach for Liverpool

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Molby backs Klopp ringing the changes for FA Cup ties so far this season to deal with fixture congestion.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has urged manager Jurgen Klopp to keep the sides for league and cup games separate as the Reds boss continues to deal with a congested fixture list.

The Reds face Sunderland tomorrow in the Premier League before an FA Cup fourth round replay with West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday night.

So far Klopp has played a much changed side in the FA Cup as he has tried to keep players fresh for the Premier League games, as well as for the side's progression to the League Cup final.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Molby wrote: "I would be surprised if there were many changes from the team that lost to Leicester when we play Sunderland on Saturday, or if the team that managed to get the draw at West Ham don't get the chance to do it again at Upton Park.

"I'm happy with the way he's chosen to do it. You have to be careful because there are different levels of competition, and the slog of the Premier League is harder than a couple of cup ties.

"You have your exceptional talents already and the club will be aware of them. I just think the cup competitions are a slightly easier way to prepare these younger players for what's to come in the league, so I would rather they received their education there."

Given the side's current predicament in the league - which sees them sitting in eighth place and 11 points off the top four - one may think it would be a decent idea to play a much changed side against Sunderland and try and focus progressing in the cup competitions.

But Molby makes a good point about the league being the competition that can make or break players and managers. The pressure seems to have been off the side in the FA Cup so far this season, and West Ham are likely to start as favourites when the Reds travel to East London on Tuesday night.

The younger and fringe players have certainly done their chances of getting a look in in the future no harm whatsoever, and it allows Klopp to keep frontline players fresh as some key players continue to return from injuries.

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