Young Reds team goes down well with buzzing Jürgen Klopp

On holiday Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp could not have been prouder after his young Reds outfit booked passage into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup. This after beating Shrewsbury Town 1-0 in a fourth-round replay on Tuesday.

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Klopp and his first-team squad opted to observe the new mid-season winter break with a trip to Spain, instead, leaving Under-23s coach, Neil Critchley in charge of the average 19 years and 102 days-old Reds XI which strode out at Anfield. The youngsters subsequently delivered with a mature and dominant display against the League One Shrewsbury, to seal a fifth-round tie against Chelsea on March 5.

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The young Reds troops could not have been more delighted at the stunning feat which they had achieved (Image: Sourced).

Critchley revealed Klopp still played a big role in the victory despite his absence, as the first-team boss maintained contact with the coaching staff and players before the game and at the halftime break. “The boss was in touch this afternoon [Tuesday] with some words of advice and encouragement,” said Critchley.

We had a message from the staff that he is delighted with the performance and is buzzing. We have given him a game against Chelsea to look forward to. He just gives you total clarity and belief.” Klopp also had an able deputy in veteran midfielder James Milner, who offered his experience and expertise at close quarters to his young teammates.

A gleeful young Liverpool outfit celebrates after beating Shrewsbury Town in a fourth-round FA Cup replay at Anfield (Image: AMA/ Getty Images).

While the rest of the senior stars did the holiday thing, Milner stayed at home for a few extra days to continue his rehab from a hamstring injury. According to reports, this is the reasons the 34-year-old was spotted watching the game from behind the Liverpool dugout, with Critchley later revealing he also helped prepare the young Reds.

He was giving words of advice, he was getting right behind the players. He was vocal in the dressing room. He was animated. He was vocal behind me, I could hear him. He was genuinely delighted at how the boys performed and I can’t thank him enough.”