KEVIN KEEGAN hopes to see Liverpool safely into the fourth round of the FA Cup – but admits to having some concerns about their tie with Mansfield Town
The Reds travel to the One Call Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a third round tie with the non-league outfit.
Though Liverpool great Keegan expects manager Brendan Rodgers to field a strong side against the Conference team, he says an upset cannot be discounted.
“Mansfield have absolutely nothing to lose and much depends on which Liverpool team turns up,” said Keegan, an analyst with ESPN.
“This side are a different team when they get an early goal but when things are not quite going for them or they hit the post, then they tend to get a little nervous.
“This never used to happen at Liverpool.
“Like most fans, I am still waiting to form an opinion of Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers.
“Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard are both world class players but after that, I am struggling to find another one.
“There are players with potential in the squad, like Raheem Sterling who is one of the most exciting youngsters to come out of the club in a long time.
“But there is no quick fix at Anfield but hopefully throughout this month he can move on some players who have big wages and bring in some new faces.”
Keegan, who won the FA Cup with Liverpool in 1974 and scored twice in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United, believes some of the lustre has returned to the competition.
“If you had asked me, say three years ago, I would’ve said the FA Cup has lost it’s glamour,” he said.
“Teams were not taking the competition seriously and putting out shadow sides at best. But if players and clubs respect the competition then so will the fans.
“A lot of the foreign lads don’t know what the FA Cup means in this country because in Germany, for example, domestic cup competitions are not as big a deal.
“But the competition has got some of its glamour back now because teams want to win it.
“We’ve had some great games here on ESPN in the competition and we’ve always been right behind this competition.”