Our boss Jurgen Klopp has said our reserves and youth players will once again be used in the FA Cup this weekend because he refuses to run the seniors “into the ground” (via Echo).
We used an incredibly young side in the first game against Exeter, and although the likes of Joe Allen and Jordon Ibe were introduced for the replay, there were still lots of U21s on show.
With a vital league game against leaders Leicester City to come on Tuesday, Klopp says he won’t be taking risks.
“It was easy to be brave against Exeter but sometimes you have to be brave in a moment when you really need it and that’s what we’re doing now,” said the boss.
“If we could win the Capital One Cup it would be a cup for the whole squad because we played different teams. Against Bournemouth it was a very young team, and if we go through in the FA Cup it will be the same.”
“We can’t ignore the other games. I can’t say ‘try it again’. If they are injured we cannot use them and if we know about the intensity of the last game and the short break to the next one I can’t say ‘go again until you lay on the ground’. That doesn’t work so there’s no alternative for us.”
Brad Smith, Cameron Brannagan, Joe Allen, Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe, and Joao Carlos Teixeira are all expected to feature, with at least a couple of Kevin Stewart, Pedro Chirivella, and Connor Randall also likely to be on the pitch. We might also see a debut for the recently-recalled Danny Ward.
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