Klopp: Important to give 'frustrated' Liverpool players minutes
The mid-week cup tie presented Jurgen Klopp with an opportunity he'd no doubt been reluctant to take prior to playing MK Dons: the chance to give younger and more fringe players a chance in the team.
Despite the fact that the season began six weeks ago, the intensity and importance of the games has yet to let up, and Wednesday night was the first time the Klopp had had a chance to rotate in any serious way.
But he has today acknowledged how important those sorts of games are, and how it's important to give the subs, squad and youth players a chance at some action in these games as well.
He said during his press conference: "It was very important. We have a really strong squad and the most important thing for a player is that he doesn’t lose confidence. It’s normal that you lose a bit of rhythm if you don’t play for three or four weeks, and I think we saw that in the game a bit.
"But on the other side it’s very important that the boys stay confident, because we only have really strong players here. It was cool that we could do that, and we will do that as long as it is possible, try to keep them all on track.
"Frustration is not so much an issue because that’s a professional footballer’s life. You have to do everything and sometimes you don’t play or you are not in the squad. That is part of the deal."