Jurgen Klopp Defends Choice of Fielding Youngest Ever Liverpool Side

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, Liverpool, January 8. Klopp's Liverpool drew 0-0 with League Two side Plymouth Argyle. Reuters / Andrew Yates

Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to field the youngest Liverpool side in history after failing to beat League Two side Plymouth Argyle in the third round of the FA Cup.

The German’s team now faces a 600-mile round trip to Devon for a replay on January 17, after drawing 0-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Asked what he thought about the arduous midweek trip, Klopp said: “Yippee. I don’t know if at home they can play the same defensive style. We are looking forward to it.”

But the Liverpool boss insisted he didn’t think “the line-up was a mistake” as his side had an average age of 21 years and 296 days.

“I am responsible if you want to see it in a bad way,” added Klopp.

“I always choose line-ups to win the game. We didn’t think about the age. They are important players in our squad.”

Liverpool, which is second in the Premier League table, now faces a vital title-race clash with Manchester United on January 15, two days before the trip to Plymouth.

With Liverpool also featuring in the semifinal of the League Cup this month, Klopp’s side will play at least eight matches in January.

On Wednesday, the Reds travel to the south coast to face Southampton.