- Liverpool was held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury Town, meaning a replay is needed to see who progresses.
- Jurgen Klopp has indicated that the Anfield side will field a youth team under the management of their developmental coach next month.
- The English FA is reportedly “surprised and frustrated” by Klopp’s suggestion that they are not honoring the winter break.
It all began with the League Cup. Sides like Liverpool began fielding weakened teams in games, all in the name of “squad rotation.”
Now we see the same attitude applied to the oldest domestic cup competition in the game.
Jurgen Klopp was unimpressed by his team’s performance against Shrewsbury Town. Despite this, the Liverpool manager has confirmed that developmental coach Neil Critchley will be on the touchline for the game.
We will not be there, and it will be the kids. I know that is not very popular.
Liverpool manager claims he’s obeying Football Associations rules
Klopp has indicated to a letter he received from the English FA as the reason neither he nor his first-team players will take part in the FA Cup replay .
In April 2020, we got a letter from the Premier League where they asked us to respect the winter break and not to organize international friendlies or competitive games. We respect that.
I think it’s fair to say that the Liverpool manager is being rather clever here. Maybe too clever by half.
The Premier League urging clubs not to arrange glamor friendlies during the winter break most likely did not apply to replays in one of the most important domestic cup competitions in the world.