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Klopp may guide young Reds from holiday


Curtis Jones. Photo: PA

Curtis Jones. Photo: PA


Curtis Jones. Photo: PA

Jurgen Klopp could provide coaching advice to Neil Critchley, his managerial stand-in, tonight when a young Liverpool side face Shrewsbury Town in their FA Cup replay.

Klopp will be absent from Anfield for the fourth-round tie as he takes a pre-planned break during the Premier League rest period, but will be following the action via a live feed.

Critchley said there were no particular plans for Klopp to speak to staff and players before the game or at half-time, but there would be means for him to do so, as he did at Villa Park when a young Liverpool side were beaten in the Carabao Cup in December.

On that occasion, Klopp was in Qatar, preparing for the Club World Cup.

"Jurgen spoke at half-time (at Villa)," Critchley said. "I didn't have my phone on at half-time. But that message came through the staff. That option is available, yes. But that's up to the manager.

"Another great quality of the manager is he trusts people to do their job. The best support he gives the players is he gives them a chance and an opportunity.

"I don't know what more support you could wish for as a young player."

Rather than demeaning the FA Cup, Critchley believes Klopp has shown faith in his development players.

"I know there has been a lot spoken, but there has been total clarity around the decision and we all support it," he said.

"The young players have an opportunity every day to train in front of the manager. There are a lot of eyes on them, and they have to prove themselves."

Critchley could make 19-year-old Curtis Jones, who has scored in both FA Cup appearances this season, his captain for the evening.

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