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Chelsea will host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on March 3 in the FA Cup fifth round.
Both sides have gone past their oppositions in the third and fourth round, and this fifth round tie between Chelsea and Liverpool is the biggest game in the FA Cup fifth round this season.
The Reds have fielded their youngsters in their Carabao Cup and FA Cup ties this season, with Klopp allowing Under-23 boss Neil Critchley to take charge. Liverpool were knocked out of the Carabao Cup 5-0 by Aston Villa due to Klopp’s decision. But the club’s youngsters were able to scale through against Shrewsbury after two legs.
Former Chelsea and Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has now warned the Blues not to expect another young Liverpool side when both teams meet next month, as he revealed that Klopp will play a strong team.
“Although Jurgen Klopp’s decision to play the kids against Shrewsbury paid off, I really doubt he’ll do that against Chelsea and I’d expect to see a much stronger side,” he told BETDAQ.
“The fact they are so far ahead in the Premier League as well the fact they are not far off another piece of silverware surely means he’ll want to give himself the best chance of getting through to the next round.
“If he plays a young side against Chelsea it will be a massive struggle for them to get through and with all the momentum they’ve generated, there doesn’t seem much point in affecting that by playing a weaker team.
“You can get away with it against the weaker sides, but against the likes of Chelsea you can’t. Klopp will know that and I’m sure he’ll pick his 11 with that in mind.
“Playing the kids would show Liverpool have no desire whatsoever to win the FA Cup. That seems pretty crazy considering they are in the fifth round and are virtually champions in the league.
“To be honest, they could do it in reverse – play a more youthful side in the Premier League and pick the big guns in the cup! They’ve been so good this season that they’ve given themselves the luxury of being able to do that.”