Michael Owen: What lessons Liverpool can take from FA Cup stalemate
The former Liverpool striker believes Jurgen Klopp's younger players need to show more patience
Michael Owen believes Liverpool’s younger players need to show more patience in front of goal after their goalless draw with Plymouth in the FA Cup third round.
Jurgen Klopp fielded a youthful Liverpool side for the cup clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as the likes of Ben Woodburn, Joe Gomez and Sheyi Ojo were given a chance to shine.
However, the Reds couldn’t make the breakthrough despite dominating possession in the first half on Merseyside and Klopp was forced to introduce some of his big hitters in search of a winner.
But even Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge couldn’t break Plymouth’s resistance as the League Two side forced a third-round replay after a goalless draw.
Speaking to BT Sport following Liverpool’s stalemate with Plymouth, Owen explained what lessons the Reds can take from their disappointing draw.
“It is a learning curve. A lot of young players came in at the same time. Plymouth were never going to make it easy,” Owen said.
“There are valuable lessons to learn. Patience was one of the words that came out there. You have to be patient. You have to be able to play in tight spaces. If you’re in a top team that is the norm. Teams come to Anfield all the time and shut up shop. The Liverpool first XI does that.”
Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and five points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 20 games.