Brendan Rodgers: This is what I really think about Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team selection
Brendan Rodgers has come to the defence of Jurgen Klopp after recent criticism of the Liverpool manager
Brendan Rodgers has defended Jurgen Klopp’s decision to give his youngsters a chance to prove their worth in the FA Cup after Liverpool lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds boss was heavily criticised for fielding a weakened team for the visit of the Championship side just days after their 1-0 loss to Southampton in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Anfield.
Klopp started England Under-21 international Joe Gomez, the club’s youngest-ever goal-scorer Ben Woodburn, 19-year-old Ovie Ejaria and full-back Conor Randall for the FA Cup clash.
Richard Stearman broke the deadlock for Wolves before Andreas Weimann extended the visitors’s lead before Belgium striker Divock Origi netted what ultimately proved to be a consolation goal for the Premier League outfit.
However, Klopp’s predecessor Rodgers expressed his sympathy for the under-fire Liverpool manager after the German opted to give some of his younger players a chance.
“I look at Jurgen Klopp and of course Wolves played very well, but there is a contradiction there,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.
“People want young players to play and when they do play, there is an issue. It is never nice when you lose a game but Jurgen has went and played four or five British players and given them a chance.
“He is hoping they can go and win a game at Anfield against a Championship team with experienced players around them. It never worked out like that because Wolves played very well but the narrative changes for a manager every single day. You are either very good or very bad – you are never just a good manager who has maybe given players an opportunity and a chance.
“Ultimately, you are judged on games you win and lose, but sometimes in the modern day it is very difficult as a manager.”
Liverpool are out of both cup competitions following defeats by Wolves and Southampton.