Liverpool tripped up at the weekend. The Reds made the short trip to Shrewsbury Town and were held to a 2-2 draw by the League One side, forcing a replay at Anfield. Jürgen Klopp caused a stir after the game by revealing that the kids will play the FA Cup replay.
The boss ruffled a few feathers with his post match interviews, he told the press that he had been told to respect the Premier League’s new winter break and he intended to follow these instructions.
As a result Neil Critchley will manage an U23s side in the FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury Town.
Despite being accused of lowering the value of the cup and of not respecting the competition, the boss is spot on with his decision to hold senior players back.
Not only will his decision give his first teamers some vital R&R time, the replay will give vital minutes to the youngsters.
Klopp’s youth players will have the chance to savour one of the great footballing experiences with the fourth round fixture set to be played under the lights at Anfield.
Furthermore, the FA Cup is still an important competition. The youth team will be determined to not let the supporters down, they will be doing everything to win that game.
The Reds boast one of the strongest youth set ups in the country having recruited talents from near and far such as Harvey Elliott and Sepp Van Den Berg.
Competitive first team football is crucial to developing our talented youngsters, thrusting them into a cup tie under the Anfield lights will provide these starlets with vital experience going forward.
In the long term, Jürgen Klopp recusing his senior players from the FA Cup replay could prove critical to blooding the next generation of Liverpool players.