Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his side’s FA Cup third-round draw against Plymouth Argyle wasn’t as a result of his decision to select an inexperienced line-up for the game.
Fans of the Reds, on Sunday, had bashed the German on social media, as his team failed to break down a determined League-two-side Plymouth team, who held them to a frustrating goalless draw at Anfield.
But Klopp, whose side had an average age of 21 years – youngest Liverpool starting line-up in the club’s history – would rather blame the mistakes the players made on the pitch than his team selection as manager; also expressing his readiness to take responsibility should anyone blame the poor performance on his tactics.
“I don’t think the line-up was a mistake, but you can see it like this if you want,” Klopp told journalists after Sunday’s game.
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“We made mistakes in the game and as it is always with the boys, the good things they are responsible for and the bad ones, I am.
“If you want to see it in a bad way then I am 100 percent responsible. I have no problem with it. I take it even if we played a fuller squad.
“I always choose line-ups to win the game and I accept that was not in all situations to see, but in a lot of it, it was.
“All the boys deserved their place. We didn’t think a second about the age. They are important players in our squad and that is how we use them,” he stated.
Both clubs now go into the fourth round of the campaign, and their opponents will be decided in the draw on Monday.
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