Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions that Liverpool are disrespecting the FA Cup by fielding younger sides in their ties. Due to the crazy fixture list at Christmas and New Year, Klopp had to field and inexperienced team against Plymouth Argyle. Selecting their youngest-ever starting XI for the goalless third-round home draw with League Two Plymouth Argyle at Anfield earlier this month.
Same last season
However news reports suggest that it has actually been in all of Liverpool’s FA Cup matches whilst Klopp has been manager. In last season’s meetings with Exeter City and West Ham United, Klopp relied on fringe players and youngsters in the midst of an injury crisis.
Klopp actually reached three DFB Pokal finals and a Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund, while Liverpool were runners-up in both the League Cup and the Europa League during his first season at Anfield.
And as he prepared for Wednesday’s replay at Plymouth, he said: “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.
“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.”