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Klopp Talk: “Now It’s up to Us”

Liverpool’s manager expects another strong defensive effort from League Two minnows Plymouth.

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When it’s José Mourinho and the most expensive squad in all of football setting up with ten behind the ball, Jürgen Klopp is quick to signal his disappointment. When it’s a League Two side, minnows up against a Premier League giant, it’s a little easier to accept a defensive approach from your opposition.

“All my respect,” was Klopp’s response when asked about Plymouth Argyle’s exceptionally defensive approach that earned them a nil-nil draw and a third round FA Cup replay tomorrow night. “It was a really concentrated defensive performance, and all the credit is to Plymouth for it. Now it’s up to us.

“We cannot wait to try to counter-attack, but there are possibilities to try to speed up the game. We have to find a way. Usually they play [more attacking football], but to get to the next round as a League Two team they should defend. It makes sense. But I don’t expect them to defend like at Anfield.”

However Plymouth line up, it’s likely to be a young lineup again for Liverpool. Nathaniel Clyne is certain to miss out, as Klopp wants to give him at least a few more days of rest to recover from a strained muscle in his ribs that was impacting his breathing. Lucas, with a swollen knee, is also unlikely to feature.

Meanwhile, youngster Harry Wilson was held out of Monday’s U23 match and could be set to make his senior Liverpool debut, with a bench appearance at the very least on the cards for the 19-year-old Welsh international who has been at Liverpool’s academy since the age of nine.

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