There is suggestion that Rafa will rest key players for this weekends F.A. Cup tie against Everton at Anfield. I am not too sure if this is a good idea. Yes, our priority is the league and then the Champions League but surely we can not take the F.A. Cup lightly especially since it is against Everton of all teams. We have to win not matter what against Everton. We can not afford to give them the bragging rights for the city until next season. Right now they are glowing after the draw on Monday night so we can not give them any further joy.
The most likely to miss out on Sunday would be Gerrard and Torres. I can understand that they need to be rested but without those two, I do not see us doing much. Yes, we beat Manchester United without both of them but we are not playing that well right now. If Torres is not playing that would mean Robbie Keane would come in and I hope he can use this opportunity to bang in some goals for us. He was largely disappointing on Monday night.
Alonso may also get a break and Mascherano will come in which is fine but that could also mean Lucas will start and I am still not his greatest fan! I do not mind seeing the likes of Babel and Yossi starting as they can offer us something going forward.
But at the end of the day, should Rafa field a ‘B’ team, especially since it is against Everton?