It’s rare these days that Liverpool play a game of football and don’t win but that is precisely what happened when League One side Shrewsbury Town held The Reds to a 2-2 draw. The Liverpool boss came under fire after he confirmed that he won’t be managing the team in the replay, Jürgen Klopp has however offered a solution to the FA Cup turmoil.
There’s been much controversy surrounding the Liverpool gaffer this week.
Shrewsbury Town forced a replay at Anfield and immediately after the game Klopp told reporters that the U23s would take the place of the senior side for the tie, with Neil Critchley managing the team.
The German reasoned that the Premier League ordered him to respect the new winter break by not playing any games during the fortnight. Klopp insisted that it is not his fault that the FA and the Premier League aren’t on the same page.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp offered a solution to the FA Cup argument, saying:
“If they had a penalty shootout, they could go to the next round. Do they have a squad to play 3 games a week? It is a problem for them too.”
The gaffer did however concede that there would need to be a solution found to the loss of revenue that small clubs look to the FA Cup for.
What RTK has to say
This seems a sensible solution.
This whole debacle has just served to expose how mawkishly the FA Cup is viewed by a lot of people.
The fact of the matter is that whilst the trophy is the oldest footballing competition around, it hasn’t adapted to the future.
Football is saturated now, there are more tournaments than ever, schedules are more demanding. The FA Cup has to adapt to this new reality.
By refusing to eliminate replays the FA are putting players’ careers at risk by forcing them into more football than is necessary. The gaffer’s solution may not be perfect but at least he is offering one.