Why Jurgen Klopp is right to look for silver linings from Liverpool's FA Cup elimination

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A little pressure eased on the fixture congestion front is one of the consequences of being knocked out of the FA Cup, as some of his frontline attacking players start to return.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it wasn't the 'sunniest side' after his players were cruelly beaten by a last minute goal in extra-time to knock them out of the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Reds have been struggling for a bit of form lately which sees them sit in ninth in the Premier League, though they do have a League Cup final to look forward to at the end of the month.

Klopp seemed to take some positives from his side's performance, that they were creating chances - and the silver lining of being knocked out of the competition in that his players will have a weekend off in between both legs of their Europa League tie with Augsburg a week before their meeting with Manchester City at Wembley.

The Liverpool boss told reporters after the game, as reported by the club's official website: “If you want, we can see positives. We are Liverpool FC and in this moment it’s not the sunniest side – a 2-0 lead [lost against Sunderland], manager in hospital, out of the FA Cup, but tomorrow when we get up, the sun will shine.

“If we want at Liverpool, all together, then we can take a lot of positive things out of this game and make the next step. We can rest a lot of players now because we will have the first matchday – I don’t know when it is – when we are not involved.

“We have to use the time, we have to take the time, we have to make steps. That’s what we’ve done until now. We don’t like our results too much, to be honest, but it is the difficult way we have to go and in the end, it can be the right way."

Klopp has been pretty vocal at the amount of fixtures his side have had to play. Last night saw Liverpool take to the field for the 40th time this season and there's still over three months of football left to be played. 

His side have a real chance of silverware in a one-off game and having some sort of break before that will give him time to do a little preparation on that before the second leg of the Augsburg game, and in an ideal world his side will have a lead from the first leg in Bavaria.

This also comes at a times when three attacking threats have returned to the side in Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi as Klopp now has options, while the more inexperienced players who have been given opportunities in the FA Cup this season have put their hand up for first team selection should they be required again. His side certainly looked as if they could create more opportunities, now they just need to put them away.

Klopp knows that results must follow next, but part of his side getting more results will be for them to spend more time on the training ground and working on certain aspects of their play with the hope results follow. That little more preparation time combined with players returning could be enough to turn this month into a positive one and kick on for the rest of the season. 

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