Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has absolutely no time for pundits or fans who suggest he disrespects the FA Cup by fielding younger teams.
The manager claims that his brilliant record in all cup competitions, having got to two finals last season with Liverpool, proves these comments are just completely false.
Liverpool face Plymouth in the FA Cup this evening, with Klopp set to ring changes as he did in the first tie at Anfield – but we should still have more than enough to go through.
We’re also still in the League Cup, so it’s clear that his tactical team selections work well enough.
“Usually I don’t speak about things I’ve done in the past, but have a look at my cup record in the last few years,” Klopp began.
“We were in 500 finals or something like this. There was not one situation where you think: ‘Oh which team did he pick, he doesn’t want to be in the cup.’
“If anybody thinks out there that I don’t respect the cup you cannot imagine how little I’m interested in this opinion, even if it is a supporter or not.
“I am responsible for this team and we have to play a lot of tournaments. If I think a player is ready for the next game he plays, if I think he is not ready he will not play.
“If anybody thinks I don’t respect the cup, I cannot change that. I love this cup, I love playing in cup competitions. Everything is fine.”
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