Jürgen Klopp branded a ‘disgrace’!

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has been blasted for refusing to field his first-team in next week’s FA Cup replay with League One side Shrewsbury Town, choosing instead to field a youth team and omitting himself for a preferred full winter break from February 2 and 16.

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The Reds, are meanwhile, braced for a replay which is scheduled for between February 4 and 5. The winter break is a new mid-season player break created by England’s Football Association (FA), designed to benefit clubs and their players. Klopp’s decision has sparked outrage. Accrington Stanley FC chairman Andy Holt, not only branded Klopp a disgrace but accused the Liverpool chief of ‘killing’ the FA Cup and urged the association to charge him with bringing the game into disrepute.

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has come under fire from various sources within the Premier League and Football Association (Image: Sourced).

FA and Premier League chiefs believe Klopp misled fans because a letter they issued backing a winter break was intended to prevent clubs playing in lucrative friendlies overseas next month. Klopp’s side were forced into a replay after tossing away a two-goal lead at League One Shrewsbury to draw 2-2.

Holt added: “Jurgen, you’re embarrassing yourself. This is pure selfishness of the highest degree and tarnishing your reputation. Liverpool need censuring and fining heavily. It’s not their football – it’s ours. The path we’re on, forever losing out to Premier League greed, has to stop.”