Jurgen Klopp was back on the touchline to see his Liverpool side beat Shrewsbury Town 4-1 in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
With Covid spreading through the first-team squad and the manager keen to give fringe players an opportunity, the Reds fielded a young team and, despite going a goal behind, they showed their mettle to fight back and eventually win comfortably.
“This was the team we could line-up today and the boys did really well in a difficult game, which became even more difficult when we conceded for 1-0,” said Klopp after the game. “But the boys reacted well, put in a really proper shift, and it’s so difficult because setting up a team, starting training again on Friday and then involving all these young kids.
“They are all really good footballers, there’s no doubt about that, we are not in doubt about that, so that’s all good. But it makes it really tricky, especially when you have to play and break down a low block, which Shrewsbury, rightly so, did today.
So, I am just happy about the result, happy about that we went through and about a lot of things – that Taki trained only twice now after his injury, actually rather still part of the rehab the game today than a real game.
“Then Bobby came back only yesterday for training and played now in the game and scored as well. So many things could have went the wrong way today and in the end we made it all fine.”
Liverpool now have a home tie against Cardiff City in the fourth round.