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FA Cup: Jurgen Klopp Pleased With Liverpool Youngsters

Liverpool set up a fourth-round tie at home to Wolves with old head Lucas Leiva scoring a rare goal in their 1-0 win at Home Park.

Klopp named a stronger side than he had done in the goalless draw against the Sky Bet League Two high-fliers at Anfield 10 days earlier, but four teenagers still started the third-round replay – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn.

Another two teenagers, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo, also came on as second-half substitutes.

“It was tough again, but we did better than Anfield in the right moments,” Liverpool manager Klopp said.

“There were a lot of challenges for the young players.

“We were playing live on television against a fourth division team and everybody thinks you are three or four classes better.

“You do not want to feel the embarrassment of losing a game like this.

“I thought I could see that a bit when it started happening to them in the first half.

“I thought at half-time we could fix this, and we were kind of back in the race and controlled the game well after.

“I’m happy about their potential and we will do everything we can to let it grow. But they have big job to do, too.”

Lucas’ 18th-minute header from a Philippe Coutinho corner was his first goal since scoring in a Europa League tie against Steaua Bucharest in October 2010.

But Klopp said: “He played in an old-against-young match last week when we finished training and he was top scorer.

“I was really surprised he didn’t score for that long.

“But he has a great personality, is a good player and a really good guy.

“Sometimes you have to line up without him, and it’s not his hobby to accept this.

“But he’s okay and really important for us.”

Plymouth almost forced the tie into extra time when Jake Jervis volleyed against the post 15 minutes from time. After being criticised by some for being ultra-defensive at Anfield, when they had only 23 per cent possession, Plymouth had some good moments and Liverpool were never allowed to rest easily.

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  • weldugebrekirstos January 19, 2017, 1:07 am

    Thanks to Leiva,to the youngsters realy tough game for them.klopp did well.I think the youngesters deserve it.they play v.well.Alexander got mature,woodBurn is fantastic he is skillful pace team player I like it while he push& the spirit,Ejara is the player with much much skill physically strong ,Wilson he was unlucky he was nearly to score in the first touch.I think he wise in attack,stwart is another good player who plays middle he is highly committed to the club good personality skilled player&no Doubt
    About ojo he fantastic player.he should get the chance to play.
    To sum up I proud of the youngesters.

    • David January 19, 2017, 7:59 am

      It was a good sign for the future to see the kids perform under a lot of pressure like that. Much harder to go to a small ground like Plymouth and perform versus doing it at home. Bodes well for Liverpool’s future

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