Critchley: Klopp delighted with how Liverpool's youngsters played
You'd have thought with all the noise and fuss in the press surrounding Jurgen Klopp's decision to field an U23 team in the FA Cup 4th round replay that we'd sent them out to get a hiding.
Sadly, listening to certain former players and pundits in recent days, they almost appear to have wished that that had happened.
But, as we all know, the young lads rose to the occasion at Anfield and dominated a game that they won 1-nil, putting us into the 5th round and a tie away to Chelsea in March.
And despite all the jokes and memes on social media about Klopp fuming that we're still in the cup, you can imagine he was only ever absolutely made up for his young players. And that seems to be the case.
According to Neil Critchley, he was delighted. He told Liverpoolfc.com: "The boss got in touch before the game with some words of advice and support – and after the game as well.
"I think he was genuinely buzzing about the performance. He loves seeing the younger players play with no fear and passion. That’s what you get from our manager, you get total belief and support; the support he has shown in so many different ways. And those young players feel the support of the manager all of the time.
"I know he is really delighted with how they played because they played like a Liverpool team and that was important to him and it was really important to us as well.
"He gives you total clarity and belief and I want to really thank him for that."