Guardiola aims to prevent a decrease in motivation or performance levels after Manchester City's three major titles.

 The team's first opportunity to fail in defending their title is in the FA Cup.

Guardiola may postpone contemplating the significance of the FA Cup until later in the month.

The competition is at an opportune time for Kevin De Bruyne's comeback from a hamstring injury.

 Liverpool participated in 63 matches in the 2021–22 season, winning both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

They finished in fifth place in the Premier League due to fatigue.

 Liverpool's current position at the top of the Premier League after 20 matches is surprising.

 The FA Cup might be seen as a means of further advancing their progress or an unwelcome hindrance