Liverpool move 22 clear in the Premier League

Tuesday, 04 Feb, 2020

"This is our seventh game in the competition this year".

Next up, the Merseysiders will collide against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup replay.

"Everyone is really excited about it", Hoever told Liverpoolfc.com. "What we're going to get, it's two very different things".

But it won't surprise many if they lose to Shrewsbury. "But if you offered us a replay and £150,000, we'd have snatched your hand off", he said.

"But that's the beauty of giving young players opportunity, because you never quite know. It just feels the hardest work".

"The young players still have something to prove, but they have an opportunity every day to train in front of the manager".

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard made a bold decision in dropping Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world's most expensive goalkeeper, to the bench for the game after a series of unimpressive displays this season, with the Spaniard's shot-stopping abilities, in particular, having been called into question.

"I spoke to Jurgen after the first game for 20-30 minutes or so", added Ricketts. I thought he was magnificent, as he has been all season.

Hoever's first appearance ended in a 2-1 defeat but it marked the beginning of a year that would bring a range of development opportunities for the former Ajax player.

The result puts Liverpool 22 points clear with second-placed Manchester City playing Tottenham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, and the 20th straight home league victory equals the record set by City.

While, at the training ground at Sundorne Castle, players were practising penalties and juggling with emotions ahead of a fixture which has been causing tremors in the FA Cup since Klopp promised to send out the youth team because he and his first team were taking the week off.

While Klopp said after the 2-2 draw that the replay would be left to the U23s, Critchley clarified that Tuesday night's side will have an even younger hue, "People say an under-23 team - we're not". There are a lot of eyes on them, and they have to prove themselves. Midfielder Leighton Clarkson, 18, who travelled to Shropshire but did not make the final squad, is also likely to play.

Hoever does not have to look far for inspiration, of course.

Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt was also critical of Liverpool's decision to play the U23s, accusing them and Klopp of "killing the FA Cup", while the Premier League leaders have slashed ticket prices for the replay. "They won't have played in a packed Anfield in a proper competitive game".

"You can learn from everyone, the whole team, it doesn't matter which position".

"Bruno is a top player".

"I can learn from everyone and that's what I try to do when I'm at Melwood or at games".

"We take the next game as it comes, that's the next challenge and the biggest challenge".