Why it’s wrong to criticise Jurgen Klopp for his approach to the FA Cup

Over the last few days, a few of the fans in the Transfer Tavern have criticised Jurgen Klopp for his approach to team selection in the FA Cup…

The German has drawn the ire of football fans and pundits alike for his decision to field young players and fringe players in the competition, with many suggesting that he should be going all out to win it.

In a way, you can see their reasoning for that argument. The FA Cup is one of the oldest and most well-known domestic cup competitions in the world, but can you really criticise Jurgen Klopp for his approach?

In modern day football, young players are not really young players. Many of them are earning thousands of pounds every week, and they are fully fledged members of the first team. They need to play regularly, or there is no point having them on the books – and cup competitions are a perfect way of getting them involved.

You can’t be considered a kid or young player if you are earning thousands of pounds a week. You could understand it if it was academy graduates who have just signed professional terms, but many of the players that Klopp opted for are close to or past 20 years old.

It isn’t as if Klopp picked a team of 11 kids, either. The likes of Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge featured in the replay game, which on its own should be enough to tell you how highly the German rates the competition. The cup is known for producing shock results, and that is the magic of it. It wasn’t because Liverpool played young players in the first round, Plymouth just simply played very well.

If anything, the lack of attention placed on the FA Cup in relation to the Premier League is an issue in the entire Premier League, rather than with Liverpool in particular. You only have to look at Man Utd last season, where Louis van Gaal won the tournament, yet was still sent packing just a short while later.

In modern day football, the Premier League is simply too valuable. The cups, even the Champions League, often take a back seat to domestic football. Not only is it more competitive, more thorough and more exciting – but it is more economical – and football is a game of economics.

Liverpool fans – thoughts?

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