Teenage trio Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and Curtis Jones all started for Liverpool in the defeat to Atalanta.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confesses is difficult to ask his youngsters to fill the spaces left by lacks to more senior players.
The Reds boss fielded 3 teens– Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and Curtis Jones— in the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Atalanta after making 5 changes and neglecting the likes of Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.
Klopp is attempting to handle the work on his squad, with his pet-hate 12.30 pm kick-off against Brighton next up on Saturday, however with 8 senior players out hurt there is little space for manoeuvre.
Rhys Williams was among 3 teens who started against Atalanta (MIchael Regan/PA)
He allocated no blame to the academy graduates and stated they ought to not be criticised for the insipid display screen that made Liverpool’s development from Group D that bit more challenging.
“The kids did really well, all of them,” stated Klopp.
” It is a hard job for the kids; we inquire to show up in the Champions League and play their best football and individuals sit there (and state) ‘Oh, he’s good … oh, he’s not that good …’ and things like this.
” They all succeeded: Rhys succeeded, Neco succeeded and Curtis played once again like a 26/27-year-old midfielder.
” They didn’t burn out during the game, which is handy. They did actually well, the kids were actually good.
“We didn’t have rhythm. We made five changes and that obviously gives you a few problems with rhythm, but we usually get through a game.”
In the wake of the Atalanta defeat Klopp identified Saturday’s lunch break kick-off as a “crime”– not the first time he has utilized that description.
He will be confident of much better news on the injury front, especially in relation to Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara as midfield is currently looking very thin.
The Reds boss accepted full duty for his team choice gamble however he got some compassion from former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher
“That’s the dilemma now with managers this season and certainly Jurgen Klopp,” he informed American network CBS.
Klopp is keen for the likes of captain Jordan Henderson to go back to reinforce a thin midfield (Shaun Botterill/PA)
” When you play Wednesday night and you have a Premier League game on Saturday 12.30 pm you need to utilize the squad.
” I make sure he will get criticism, however I think prior to the game, you took a look at the team and stated ‘That is the team he has to play’ and keep 2 eyes on the Champions League and Premier League.
“Jurgen Klopp has been quite vocal about it and he has had a lot of criticism about it as well but I can totally understand where he is coming from.”