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  • David Tyrer

Shrewsbury manager comes out in defence of Jurgen Klopp

It's barely been 24 hours since Liverpool inexplicably threw away a 2-goal lead away to League One strugglers Shrewsbury but you wouldn't blame Klopp for going on holiday now.

Visibly fuming after the sub-par display from his team, Klopp confirmed that his team to play the replay would be containing none of his senior players.

The reason? The Premier League didn't want any lucrative friendlies arranged during their mid-season break. So Klopp decided to play them at their own game.

Needless to say the press, media and owner of Accrington Stanley (who are they? Exactly!) have absolutely slaughtered Klopp.

The best thing that could happen is that we field a strong U23s line-up, beat Shrewsbury and proceed to the 5th round unscathed. But we don't do things that easily in the domestic cups.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise to hear the manager of our replay opponents, Sam Ricketts, backing the boss and saying he totally understands his position.

He said: "I fully understand Liverpool's position, they are fighting on all fronts for trophies and every three days they are there to get shot at.

"This was our cup final and we will have another one at Anfield, whereas for Liverpool it is just another day.

"I can understand that point of view. They are fighting for the Premier League, fighting for the Champions League and at some point those players need a rest. I can't read too much into it, we'll see nearer the time."

The only potential downside of a lucrative replay at Anfield for the League One side is that they will be under more pressure to beat our kids. But, in reality, they really should.

Either way, we'll see nearer the time what happens and whether Jurgen has a change of heart.

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