Jurgen Klopp didn’t select Sheyi Ojo for last night’s game against Plymouth because he was disappointed with the teenager’s outing in the original tie at Anfield…
Ojo started a week and a half ago, but didn’t do much of note on the right-wing and had to settle for a role on the bench this time.
Klopp was pleased with the 19-year-old’s cameo in Wednesday’s 1-0 win, which might hold him in better stead when the manager chooses a team to face Wolves in the FA Cup 4th Round next time…
“I saw a few really good things but they still have to learn,” Klopp told the Daily Star.
“We are not here to celebrate each single performance of our young players – that’s what we expect, that’s why they play.
“And then they need to get ready to be criticised. I don’t care what you say, but it’s important that they really listen to what we have to say.
“I liked, for example, the reaction of Ojo tonight. Everybody, maybe, with Ojo involved they expected he would have played as one of the [starters] if he [was involved in] this game tonight as one of the young players, but I was not too happy with one or two things.”
Liverpool finished last night with an average age of under 22, so we were effectively deploying an Under-23 side again. Trent Alexander-Arnold did well, while Joe Gomez was good at the back. Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria probably didn’t take enough risks, but were comfortable in possession and the game-time will do them good.