‘Fielding Young Squad For FA CUP Tie Against Plymouth Was Not A Mistake’- Jurgen Klopp
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January 9, 2017 ( Post 1 )
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended selecting the youngest starting XI in the club’s history for the 0-0 FA Cup draw against Plymouth.
The Reds – with an average age of of 21 years and 296 days – went close through Sheyi Ojo and Daniel Sturridge but the League Two side held out at Anfield. Yippee.
I don’t know if at home they can play the same defensive style The German boss said: “I don’t think the line-up was a mistake.”
Klopp’s side also face Southampton in a two-legged EFL Cup semi-final and Premier League games against Manchester United, Swansea and Chelsea this month. Asked about the long midweek trip for the FA Cup replay, which is set to be played on 17 January, Klopp added: “Yippee. I don’t know if at home they can play the same defensive style.
We are looking forward to it.” Forward Ben Woodburn, 17, is the club’s youngest goalscorer after his strike against Leeds in the EFL Cup earlier this season and he was given his first start.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, 18, and 19- year-olds Joe Gomez – making his first appearance since suffering a knee ligament injury in October 2015 – Ovie Ejaria and Ojo were also in the side. At 29, Lucas was the oldest Liverpool player.
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