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Jurgen Klopp grateful for January contributions of Liverpool youngsters

Jurgen Klopp grateful for January contributions of Liverpool youngsters

Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Liverpool's academy players for helping the club through a tricky January.

The Reds beat Chelsea 4-1 on Wednesday (31.01.24) to end the month five points clear at the top of the Premier League and Klopp hailed youngsters such as Conor Bradley for keeping the side ticking over in the absence of stars including Mohamed Salah.

The Liverpool boss said: "There is no situation. It is just how it is.

"We had seven games in January with 11 days off in between. We couldn’t have put the string of results together without the kids, (Jarell) Quansah, Conor and we had midfielders out so we played with James McConnell at six.

"These boys used this situation. I am happy they all could perform the way they did. The academy is doing an incredible job."

Darwin Nunez made some unwanted history as he became the first player to hit the woodwork four times in a single Premier League match since records began back in 2003 but Klopp is not worried by the Uruguayan striker's wastefulness in front of goal.

The coach said: "Insane first half, unbelievable. Outstanding. Why do we speak about Darwin? Obviously because he has so many situations where he missed. The first time since we count a player hits the woodwork four times in a game. Think you are in his boots and how that feels. Missing a penalty you could see at half-time he was really upset with himself.

"It’s just crazy that he creates that many. Imagine for a second he would take them all. The numbers would be absolutely insane, to an extent where we wouldn’t understand it any more so it’s normal. For us, it’s unimportant. We scored four goals, who cares if we could have scored a fifth or sixth?"

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