It’s just hypocritical isn’t it?
Liverpool have got to the semi-final playing massively changed XIs; and then suddenly because Jurgen Klopp has a sniff of his first domestic cup they are requesting the game to be postponed due to “Covid, injuries and the ACoN” meaning they “do not have enough senior players available”.
Earlier this season, against Preston in the League cup, they were happy to ply the likes of N Williams, Phillips, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dixon-Boner, Morton, Jones, Beck, Blair and Bradley.
I have literally no idea who any of these players are. I am guessing they are all regulars in Liverpool’s PL2 team.
Klopp deemed them ready to play in the League Cup; but now he will be claiming they are not ready.
In the last round – the quarter final – against Premier League Leicester City, they made 8 changes from the side they put out on the Premier League the weekend before.
In total over those two games they used 19 different players.
The majority of the players that played against Leicester had played against Preston and Norwich in the League Cup. And I bet will deem them good enough to play against Shrewsbury Town this weekend.
Klopp was happy putting out a week team last year as he took his team galavanting round the globe to play in the World Club Cup friendly tournament. There were also no calls from Liverpool to postpone a game v Aston Villa when they had around 20 players out with Covid.
Leyton Orient had to forfeit an FA Cup game against Tottenham due to Covid. Liverpool’s PL2 wage bill will be higher than Orient’s.
On Thursday, the game should go on. If Liverpool decide not to put out a youthful team LIKE THEY HAVE DONE ON EVERY ROUND then they should forfeit the tie.
We all know Klopp doesn’t want to play on the League Cup anyway. Given the choice he wouldn’t enter.