Chris Kirkland, former Liverpool goalkeeper and coach, spoke exclusively on Love Sport Breakfast about Liverpool’s exit from the FA cup last night.
Chelsea convincingly overcame Liverpool 2-0 to progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. An error from Adrian saw the Liverpool goalkeeper spill a Willian shot into the corner of his net to hand Chelsea a 1-0 lead at half-time, while Ross Barkley's fizzing effort after the break sealed a deserved victory for Frank Lampard's Blues.
The result meant that Liverpool suffered their 3rd defeat in 4 games and any hope of a treble-winning season is over. Liverpool must pick themselves up if they are to be in with a chance of overcoming Atlético Madrid in their upcoming champions league tie which they currently trail 1-0.
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Some have also questioned Jürgen Klopp’s team selection, having not fielded key players such as Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in Liverpool’s starting line-up. Klopp however defended his team despite reserve keeper Adrian’s screamer resulting in the first Chelsea goal.
Chris Kirkland also defended Klopp’s decision to include those who don’t regularly feature in Liverpool’s first team.
“Go back to the round before though, and he played the young lads. More or less the under-19's side.
“So I think, you know, you have to keep some of them in. Neco Williams at right-back who's been superb, you know, he deserved to keep his spot in that because of the previous round so I think he had to mix it a little bit.
"Obviously playing at Stamford Bridge is a bit different to playing in front of your own fans at Anfield. No disrespect to Shrewsbury. So I know you have to mix it a bit but he was always going to make changes because he had to stand by some of the lads that played in the previous game, but you're right Listen, I'm a big traditionalist."
Kirkland also defended Klopp’s decision to rest players and prioritise upcoming premier league and champions league ties.
“I love the FA Cup. It [would have] been great to go down there but if you asked all the Liverpool fans which one they want the most it would be the Premier League.”
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Klopp also stated in his press conference that he ‘was not worried about momentum’ going forward.
Kirkland emphasised how a few shaky performances would only motivate the team further going forward into the next crucial games.
"We are talking as if it's a big crisis, there's no crisis at all, it's just you know, you've got no right to win any football game. I imagine they'll be in today, they are very strict with their regime, obviously it's an early kick-off on Saturday against Bournemouth so he won't need to galvanise the players, the players will galvanise themselves.
"They'll be disappointed but they'll be focused on Saturday and you have to do that, you can't reflect too much, you've got to focus on the next game."
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