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Jurgen Klopp told to replace two or three players by Reds hero

10 January 2019

"I think the start of this season we weren't playing our best but we were getting results".

Jurgen Klopp fielded a weakened team against his fellow Premier League outfit, with Dejan Lovren and James Milner the only players staying in the side from the Manchester City defeat.

Fabinho occupied the position in the defeat to Wolves whilst Wijnaldum has been utilised in the position before.

The Reds named an unfamiliar starting XI at Molineux, with youngsters Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones among those given rare outings by Jurgen Klopp.

"It's not something that you want as a team, especially at Liverpool". We have to make sure we bounce back and look at where we can get better. Maybe a few smart people would have said I didn't respect the competition.

"Ki coming on after a minute and playing like he did [was] absolutely outstanding", Milner, who made his professional debut for Leeds United at 16 years and 309 days, added.

The "big chance" Carragher references cannot be underplayed, and with Manchester City likely to get to at least the next rounds of the Carabao and FA Cup, that would mean an extra four games for Pep Guardiola's team.

"He's going to be a top, top player".

"We wanted to win this game to go to the next round, but the FA Cup is like this, you lose the game and you are out". His temperament, he's comfortable on the ball.

Next up for the Reds is a return to Premier League play as Liverpool face 13th-place Brighton over the weekend.

Paul Merson perhaps took Carragher's point too far last week when he claimed that Liverpool should exit the next round of the Champions League in order to boost their title charge, but you do sense that Liverpool's title challenge could hinge as much on the fitness of their key players as the fitness of Man City's. "The games keep coming thick and fast and hopefully we can get a few of the injured lads back as well".

Jurgen Klopp told to replace two or three players by Reds hero