Klopp defends FA Cup stance

Klopp defends FA Cup stance

Klopp defends FA Cup stance

The Reds drew the fourth-round tie 2-2 at the League One club and the replay falls during the Premier League's mid-season break.

'We will not be there, it will be the kids that play that game. "Because we plan long-term I can not plan when there is a real decisive period coming up".

"In April 2019 we got a letter from the Premier League, I think, where they asked us to respect the winter break, not to organise global friendlies or not to organise competitive games", said Klopp. "Of course, I could", Klopp said.

"I have to make decisions that aren't popular based on the situation we are in", he said.

The Football Association said every club agreed to this season's FA Cup fixture schedule and knew fourth-round replays might cut into their winter breaks, as is also the case with Tottenham, Southampton and Newcastle United. "If we find a way to play it then nothing will change and we have to change it".

"Werner will not leave Leipzig in this window, he wants to stay and see out the season with the club who leading the Bundesliga at this moment in time and who remain in Champions League contention as well", McGarry said recently.

"I have no idea, actually, but you could ask me the same question for all the others and I have no idea".

"But that again is a complete misunderstanding of management and coaching". There was not a manager or a sporting director there, that's what we need, that must change as well, otherwise next year we have exactly the same.

Salah was instrumental in the Reds' win over West Ham on Wednesday where he scored once, from the penalty spot, and registered the assist for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to slot home and secure a 2-0 win. "After that he will be back on track", Klopp added.

His only addition this month came in the shape of Takumi Minamino, whose £7.25m move from RB Salzburg was too good to turn down, but with his players setting new standards domestically with a 19-point lead over second-placed Manchester City having dropped just two points in 24 matches, upgrading will be a tough task.

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