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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t ready to risk his players for the FA Cup replay clash with Shrewsbury as he seeks to give his first teamers a rest for this game so they can enjoy a break when other teams are also observing a winter break.
The Premier League is set for its first ever winter break, but FA Cup replay clashes will be played in the midweek of the winter break.
The likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have FA Cup replay clashes after failing to beat their opponents in the fourth round. However, for Jurgen Klopp, he has retired to use his U23 players for this game, the same thing he did for the League Cup that saw Aston Villa thrash Liverpool 5-0.
In a series of tweets, however, Stanley owner Andy Holt has strongly criticised the Liverpool manager’s stance, calling it selfish.
“He’s a disgrace,” Holt said. “I’ll never understand why top clubs and top Premier League players don’t stand up and stay united with clubs and players further down the pyramid. This is pure selfishness of the highest degree.
“I’d drag myself out of bed to play the replay. Because it’s the right thing to do. I wouldn’t give a sh*t how tired I was. I’d do the right thing. I’d give a bit back instead of being a grasping, selfish type.
“We spoke about the FA Cup and how top Premier League [clubs] would rather be playing exhibition matches in China building their profits and brands. That’s why the FA were considering significantly increasing the first prizes far more than the earlier rounds proportionately.
“We have only just given up 5th round replays. They’re back for 4th round replays. They join in the 3rd [round].
“Jurgen, @LFC, you’re embarrassing yourself. You’re tarnishing your reputation. Rethink where you go from here. You’re killing the FA Cup. There’s calls to kill the Carabao Cup. You’re killing us.”
Lower league clubs use the Cup competitions as a vital source of income in terms of prize money, gate receipts and matchday earnings. Holt also stated that it was “unfair” on Shrewsbury’s players and fans.
“The FA are bending over backwards for the Premier League,” he went on. “It is their fault. They should know: ‘Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile’.
“The bigger issue is @LFC undermining the success enjoyed by @shrewsweb who DESERVE their day in the sun and a proper pay day.”