Liverpool are set to field the youth team when we face Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup replay next month. The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will also miss the cup tie due to plans for a winter break.
Speaking to the BBC on Sunday evening he said. “I said to the boys already two weeks ago that we will have a winter break, which means we will not be there. We have to respect the players’ welfare. They need a rest. They need a mental rest, a physical rest, and that’s what the winter break is all about.”
This is part of a Premier League wide initiative that was announced last year. It’ll be the first in English football, allowing players and clubs an extended rest period. The mid-season break will run between 2 and 16 February. Whilst the FA Cup replay is scheduled to take place on 5 or 6 February. Liverpool’s participation in the game would cut off three days from their 14-day rest period. Something the 52-year-old German manager is not prepared to do. According to Klopp the kids will play and U23’s coach Neil Critchley will be in charge on the night.
This will be the second time this season Liverpool have opted to make this bold move.
During our hectic December schedule, the Reds played two games in two continents within 24 hours of each other. This meant the youngsters played against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup. On that occasion it didn’t end well. The Premier League strugglers secured a 5-0 win; however the scoreline did reflect harshly on the Reds’ rising stars.
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