Jurgen Klopp was criticised for not attending Liverpool’s FA Cup replay with Shrewsbury Town and excluding all senior players from the match-day squad.
It was a complete overreaction from the media and opposition fans, and I’m certain any hard feelings felt on the League Club’s end were not put there intentionally.
The good nature of the Reds was reaffirmed after the 1-0 win at Anfield as it has now been revealed that the Premier League leaders donated £35,000 to Shrewsbury.
As reported by the Express, the money is likely what Liverpool picked up from the gate at New Meadow in the first meeting.
As per the club’s official website, the Shrews made a profit of around £350,000 last year so the Reds’ generosity isn’t to be sniffed at.
The FA Cup replay wasn’t in Klopp’s plans, and the boss had told the senior players that they could have a break in the winter.
He was simply keeping his promise. Besides, a similar lineup to the one that beat the League One side was able to brush aside Everton.
It’s not unusual for Premier League clubs to field weakened teams against clubs in the lower divisions. I think Klopp’s absence was a surprise for some, but he’s not the first to do so as the legendary Bill Shankly once skipped a Cup game to scout another team.