SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Jurgen Klopp the head coach / manager of Liverpool looks on … [+]
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has claimed no senior players will be included in the Reds’ FA Cup fourth round replay to Shrewsbury Town at Anfield, whilst also stating Under-23s manager Neil Critchley will be in charge.
Curtis Jones and a calamitous own-goal from Donald Love gave Klopp’s side a 2-0 lead, before Jason Cummings’ brace helped the Shrews to a 2-2 draw, whilst setting up a shock replay on Merseyside.
SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Jason Cummings of Shrewsbury celebrates scoring the first goal … [+]
The game is expected to take place just days after Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Anfield either on Tuesday 4 February or Wednesday 5 February, and Klopp confirmed to James Pearce of the Athletic, no senior members of his squad will feature, nor will he be in the dugout.
“We intend to honour the original idea of the break,” the Liverpool manager said. “We have respect for the players’ welfare and they need this time off. We got a letter from the authorities in April last year asking us not to organise anything during the week of the break and we haven’t.
“We have given the players the time off, and some are going away. They will still be keeping fit, but they do not have to play football that week and they do not have to come in to Melwood.”
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: Liverpool’s U23’s coach Neil Critchley during the Carabao Cup … [+]
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It will be a repeat of the League Cup fixture at Aston Villa a month ago, with Critchley again in charge of a side of youngsters when Shrewsbury rock up at Anfield for the replay. Klopp believes his side should have managed the game better.
“We lost the ball in the wrong moments and we never got used to the pitch,” he said. “We conceded the penalty after losing the ball and when they scored their second goal it was after we had lost two challenges in a row. We didn’t play well enough to take anything from the game, we got what we deserved.
SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Jason Cummings of Shrewsbury Town celebrates scoring the … [+]
“I would like to give Shrewsbury credit for their performance and the atmosphere their supporters produced. I enjoyed the atmosphere around the cup tie, I just didn’t enjoy the way we played.”