Shrewsbury Coach Responds to Jürgen Klopp's Comments

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 11:10am

By Francis Whiteley

Brian Jensen responded to Jürgen Klopp's comments that he and key players will miss the game at Anfield as his side need a break.

Shrewsbury looked completely dead and buried. Two-nil down to the European and World Champions, no-one would have imagined League One Shrewsbury Town's dramatic comeback against Liverpool.

An own-goal from Donald Love at the start of the second-half put Shrewsbury in an unwelcome position. With less than 45-minutes to save their FA Cup campaign, Sam Rickett's side fought back thanks to two strikes from Jason Cummings to earn a lucrative replay against Liverpool at Anfield.

With Jürgen Klopp stating that he will respect the Premier League winter break, the German is letting his side and himself miss the fixture in order to have a break. Their Premier League fixtures coupled with a Carabao Cup run to the quarter-final and the Club World Cup out in Qatar has meant Liverpool have endured a gruelling fixture list already. 

Ex-Leicester City and Notts County manager Martin Allen told Love Sport that he agreed with Klopp's comments and that Liverpool do need a break!

But Shrewsbury Town Goalkeeper Coach, Brian Jensen, told Love Sport's Morning Breakfast he is a little upset that Liverpool won't be at full strength for the replay:

"You always want to play against the best players and always come up against the best coaches which he's [Klopp] proven he is.

"But at the end of the day it's a football game and we just have to accept that really.

"I also do understand where he's coming from with all the games that they've been playing.They also have to accept the winter period and little break they're going to have.

"We just have to go there with the same mentality and how we played on Sunday and we have to do exactly the same but it isn't going to be easy at Anfield. Obviously they do have good players so we just have to play exactly the same way to have a chance."

On whether Klopp is bluffing and will actually turn up at Anfield for the reverse fixture and select a whole host of stars, Jensen doesn't quite see that happening:

"You'll never know. We just have to prepare ourselves for the best or the worst however you see it.

"But I believe that they are going to do that [rest players] because they have a big, big programme ahead of them. 

"They have other priorities and it is tough for them with so many games but it looks like our game isn't as important as the other ones are which I do understand".

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