Liverpool kids given chance against Shrewsbury must be ‘excited’ despite Covid circumstances, says Krawietz

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Liverpool kids given chance against Shrewsbury must be ‘excited’ despite Covid circumstances, says Krawietz
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Assistant manager Peter Krawietz has urged Liverpool’s youngsters to seize their unexpected opportunity if picked to face Shrewsbury in the FA Cup third-round.

A Covid-19 outbreak at the club led to their Carabao Cup match against Arsenal in midweek postponed and the Reds are not even sure if Jurgen Klopp will test negative in time to take his place in the dugout.

On media duties on Saturday, Krawietz would not reveal who is out but called on those called up from the academy to approach the match with “excitement”.

“Can we expect the perfect set-up for tomorrow? No of course we can't, but we can always show the right and perfect reaction to what is happening on the pitch,” he told reporters.

“A proper team performance with experienced leaders in the team and young players who will get this fantastic experience to play at Anfield and feel the support of our supporters.

“I hope that excitement is the right word for that. I hope they can't wait until the game starts. We try to make them as confident as they should be and as focused as they need to be."

It remains unclear whether Klopp or assistant Pep Lijnders will be able to manage Sunday’s game from Anfield.

“We hope so of course,” Krawietz noted.

“He is well so far, he feels fine, but of course the regulations are how they are and he has to do tests as well. We hope he will be fine to be in tomorrow, yes.”

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