Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was preparing his senior players for a Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar while his young charges were playing in the EFL Cup against Aston Villa.
But he still managed to get a half time message across to Neil Critchley’s youngsters as they came in 4-0 down at Villa Park, according to the Daily Mail.
Critchley said: “We had some information at half-time from the manager. It was to keep playing the way we were playing, keep being brave. He was out there watching with staff and players and I’m sure he’ll be proud of the way we played.
“This is what has been decided by the club as the best solution, and try telling those players this has been a bad [experience] for them. Maybe one or two of our players will be sneaking off on a plane joining the first-team group in Qatar.”
TBR’s View – Liverpool’s performance was good in the circumstances, 5-0 was harsh
The Reds dominated the ball and were just exposed by their lack of experience in defence at times, as Villa showed a clinical edge which has been beyond them in the Premier League lately.
Their young players did themselves proud and the challenge of getting back to that first team level having had a taste of it should spur them on.