Klopp admits Liverpool would have been “lost” without their youths

Tue 08 December 2020 | 13:44

Regarding their injury crisis the Reds coach admitted that if it wasn’t for their youths getting by this rough time would have been a great challenge.



continue to push their way through a number of injuries, the team’s coach,

Jurgen Klopp

revealed that had it not been for the presence of their young players getting by this crisis would have been impossible.

The Reds manager, who spoke ahead of their

Champions League

match against


, disclosed  his plans to include more of young stars to participate in the European race.

"It's the first time we haven't needed a result in the final game,"

he told the reporters.

"We have to consider the general situation but we are Liverpool and we want to win the game.”

"Our squad is already very young, five or six players in the whole campaign so far.”

"Yes, they [the youngsters] will travel and then we make decisions. We have a session later. I have a few hours to make decisions. They will all play a part in my thinking.”

"Without them we would be lost. Vitor Matos [Liverpool's elite development coach] and Pep Lijnders [Klopp's assistant] are really close with that group and they were well prepared. So that's why we could use them.”

"We had some problems for injuries, that is clear. We've lost top-class players but when one door closes another opens up but you need the right kids to use.”

"And how the boys did it... Rhys [Williams] exceptional, Neco [Williams] played two good games in a row. Curtis [Jones] plays like he has for 10 years.”

"Caoimhin [Kelleher] - it is a big chance for him - so thank God for these boys.”

"[Getting 15 points] is another reason [to go for the win]. We will try everything but we cannot forget the situation we are in, which means we play on Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday.”

"In the next 22 days we play six games. So, we try everything to be prepared. I want to see our way of playing, whoever plays. It's clear for the boys how intense we want to be for the opponent."

The German head-coach, who was able to defeat Midtjylland on their first encounter, added on the stance of their opponent saying:

"Generally, I have a lot of respect for them."

"We were lucky to beat them. They have had really good performances and that is how it is. You learn with experience, the hard way. They should be really proud so far of what they have done.”

"The bad news [for them] is we go there with all we have. We have all the respect for them. Since Sunday I've thought a lot about them. We will be prepared.”

"I am sure they will give us a proper fight. We have to be ready for that."

source: SportMob

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