After the dust had settled on a memorable victory for the Liverpool under-23 side in their FA Cup 4th-round replay against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield last night, there was a shock in store for manager, Jürgen Klopp, this morning.
The Reds team consisted wholly of players from the under-23 squad, and contained seven teenage outfield players, but, despite the glory this brought upon the youngsters, the Football Association has now decreed that Liverpool must put out exactly the same team in the next round against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The decision comes after many in football have complained that clubs are no longer taking the FA Cup seriously, and are not giving the competition the respect it deserves.It was first played in the 1871–72 season, and is the oldest national football competition in the world.
A spokesman for the FA said:
"Too many teams are treating the FA Cup like the Auto Windscreens Shield, the Leyland DAF Trophy, the Associate Members' Cup, the Johnstone's Paint Trophy or whatever. If managers decide to rest their first-team players in the way Liverpool did last night, then they will be forced to field the exact same side in subsequent rounds, should they progress."
But manager Klopp said:
"What's the Johnstone's Paint Trophy?"