This weekend saw Liverpool held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury Town. The Reds were sloppy and complacent for the most part, allowing the League One side to keep the tie alive. Jürgen Klopp has said that the kids will play the FA Cup replay and Neil Critchley will manage the side – Twitter is divided.
The replay has been scheduled for the 4th of February, just after the start of the new winter break.
The Premier League wrote to its clubs last March informing them that there would be a two week break in the February of the 2019/20 season.
Chiefs have implored managers to respect the rest period, asking them to not arrange any friendly games during the fortnight.
Speaking after the draw with Shrewsbury Town, Klopp confirmed that the FA Cup replay wouldn’t be getting in the way of the senior players’ break.
Jürgen told the BBC, “The Premier League asked us to respect the winter break. That’s what we do. If the FA doesn’t respect that, then we cannot change it. We will not be there.”
Twitter has been divided on the issue.
A Spurs fan accused the boss of behaving like a child.
Can’t stand #Klopp Whenever he doesn’t get a result he behaves like a child. Blaming weather, officials, or dry pitches. Because he smiles and hugs his players the press etc love him. https://t.co/nsuP5ILrCq
— LillywhiteTHFC (@loveofthelane) January 27, 2020
One supporter claimed it is a new low for the cup, well apart from when Manchester United ignored it completely.
Klopp not taking charge of the Liverpool team for their replay is a new low for the FA Cup.
— Stuart Hackett (@Stueyh111) January 27, 2020
This Kopite pointed out that the first team need a rest, they’ve been relentless all season.
If you think Klopp’s “disrespecting the FA” you’re a joke. The red men and managers need a rest, they’ve worked hard for over the half a season. Mentally and physically. Let Klopp do what he does best, and we’ll win. #Liverpoolfc #Klopp #redmen pic.twitter.com/R9lmt3z7Bp
— Jay holden (@L8V) January 27, 2020
Whilst another suggested that some first team players could do with the run out regardless.
Likes of Shaqiri Fabinho Keita Lallana Matip and Lovren don’t need a winter break they have barely played in last few months, Klopp should use them in the FA Cup to try and gain some match fitness for the final part of the season
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) January 27, 2020
One football fan was confused as to how Jürgen Klopp is the one taking the blame.
So The FA tell teams they can not play in the “winter break” same FA then schedule FA Cup replays in the winter break… Yet the plastic gammons blaim Klopp? Funny that not jealousy at all 😂 #Klopp #FACup #SHRLIV
— Rossco ♿🏴🇬🇧 (@ross_minton) January 27, 2020
With another Kopite bemoaning the ‘misinformed’ criticism of the German.
Replies on here are predictably hilarious and misinformed (surprise!)
FA scheduled the Winter Break and told every club to ‘respect’ it by not arranging any friendlies etc. so Klopp is complying with their wishes 🤫
— Dean Ridgwell (@Saviour1592) January 27, 2020
The ESPN FC Editor Dale Johnson sided with the boss, insisting that the FA are the ones at fault.
Jurgen Klopp might moan about fixtures a lot, but he is 100% right on this. Having FA Cup replay dates in the designated winter break is farcical. https://t.co/c6JO0u6QwE
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) January 26, 2020