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Chelsea were given the toughest draws for the FA Cup fifth round, as the Blues would face either Shrewsbury or Liverpool in the fifth round of the competition.
It’s safe to say that Chelsea will face Liverpool rather than the League One side, but things might not pan out that way with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp not keen on the competition.
Liverpool played out a 2-2 draw away at Shrewsbury, thus forcing an FA Cup replay – something that has frustrated the Liverpool manager as he seeks to hand rests to his squad in the winter break.
The FA Cup replay will fall under the winter break, and Klopp isn’t ready to field his first team for this clash.
“I said to the boys already two weeks ago that we will have a winter break, which means we will not be there,” the German said, confirming his first teamers would not be included for the tie.
“You cannot deal with us like nobody cares about it. I know that it’s not very popular but that’s the way I see it.
“The Premier League asked us to respect the winter break. That’s what we do. If the FA doesn’t respect that, then we cannot change it. We will not be there.”
Klopp added that “[it] will be the kids who play” and confirmed that under-23s coach Neil Critchley would be in the dugout. It was Critchley who presided over Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup back in December after another scheduling clash meant that Klopp and the first team were in Qatar for the Club World Cup.