Liverpool tied with its host Shorosbury Town in the fourth round of the competition, forcing them to take part in a replay match at Anfield, to assure Club that he would not technically lead his team in the replay and would not involve his main players in the match, because it comes in the winter break of the English Premier League.
Klopp said in statements highlighted by his club’s website: “Everyone should be aware of the fact that the players will not get a full rest from the training, they will continue training individually or in small groups accompanied by some coaches in the first week of the winter break. Only they will not be in Milwood and will not play any games. “.
“After that, we will have another week to prepare for the Norwich City match and the rest of the season, which is a very important stage.”
“When we made our decision several weeks ago, nobody knew if we would win in our next three games, and it might have changed if we had lost it. We had to make a clear decision and this is what we did, and now some are waiting for me to reverse this decision, but I don’t I can do that. ”
“Can I be in the replay match? Of course, but this is not how it should be managed from a training point of view. I cannot come a day or two before the match and only give instructions to the players. They need their coach to be with them, so Neil Kritchley will take this responsibility.” .
We are doing everything we can to win this match, and this is not far off. Of course, the task will not be easy, we all saw how Shorosbury performed very well in the first game, but the win remains within our reach, and this is what we must focus on. Now, all parties should discuss winter breaks and lay down clear rules for them for years to come. ”
It is worth noting that the former Borussia Dortmund coach entered into a similar clash with the English Football Association weeks ago due to the conflict between the Aston Villa match in the Professional League Cup and the date of the first Reds match in the Club World Cup in Qatar last December.
In the end, Klopp agreed to play the Aston Villa match with the young players who lost 0-5, while playing for the first team in the World Cup clubs and won his title in the end.
Liverpool are preparing to meet West Ham United on Wednesday in a postponed Premier League match, before facing Southampton in early February in Round 25 and then entering the rest period until the Norwich City meeting on February 15.
Liverpool seems closer than ever to the English Premier League title, leading 16 points from its nearest stalkers Manchester City, and can lift the difference to 19 points by beating West Ham on Wednesday.