talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein launched a scathing attack on Jurgen Klopp after the youngest ever Liverpool side were beaten 5-0 in the Carabao Cup.

The Reds fielded a starting XI with an average age of just 19 in the quarter-final at Aston Villa, with Klopp’s first-team in Qatar for their Club World Cup campaign.

And it was a baptism of fire for the youngsters, who found themselves 4-0 down at half-time.

Liverpool’s very youthful side were no match for Villa

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Liverpool’s very youthful side were no match for Villa

Goldstein recalls when Manchester United were forced to drop out of the FA Cup in 2000, despite being the holders, in order to fulfil their Club World Cup duties.

And the Sports Bar presenter argues it would’ve been better if Liverpool didn’t play their quarter-final at all.

“I really think Jurgen Klopp has hung the kids out to dry here,” Goldstein said on talkSPORT’s Sports Bar. “They were never going to beat Aston Villa tonight.

“A lot of these kids won’t even make it into Liverpool’s first-team. One or two of them might come through.

“But mentally, the effect this has had on that squad of young kids, I just think he has shown a total disrespect for the campaign.

“He’s out on a vanity mission halfway around the world.

“If Liverpool could look back and see the damage it’s done to the club, trying to win this glorified Community Shield which no-one, other than Liverpool fans and Klopp, thinks is more important than the League Cup.”

Defenders Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who all featured at Villa Park, will fly out to Qatar to join the first-team for the Club World Cup campaign.

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And Goldstein cannot understand why some of Liverpool’s senior players, such as Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, didn’t do the same.

“There are so many things that could’ve been avoided tonight, there are players that could’ve been there,” he added.

“Origi, Lallana, Shaqiri, Keita. The kids were crying out for direction, a leader, someone who has been in a big football match.

“These players that I’ve mentioned, they’re not needed on Wednesday. Liverpool could’ve coped and flown them out after the Villa match.”

You can watch Andy Goldstein’s rant in full, above…


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