Jurgen Klopp defends selection policy following goalless draw

Jurgen Klopp played down his failed team selection after Liverpool drew 0-0 with Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.

Liverpool's side had an average age of 21 years and 296 days - even taking into account the presence of captain Lucas Leiva, 30 on Monday - with nearly half the team coming through the club's academy.

Indeed, with the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Firmino and Lallana all rested from the starting XI, there may have been some disappointed Plymouth fans amongst the 8,000-plus that packed out the Anfield away end at kick off.

In an attempt to break the deadline, Klopp called for Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino off the bench, but the Pilgrims held firm, even during six minutes of time added on following an injury to Miller.

Following the scoreless draw, the two sides will meet at Plymouth's Home Park on a date to be advised later this month.

"It is probably one of the best defensive performances Anfield has seen", said Adams.

I really am happy that Liverpool crowd didn't leave after 60 minutes because it wasn't the most exciting game.

We prioritise every single game and every single competition and as players we wouldn't have it any other way.

"I am responsible if you want to see it in a bad way. They are important players in our squad".

As a manager you make a decision, you guys can criticise but I thought about it before the game and it is all good.

Plymouth worked Loris Karius for the first time with Graham Carey's ambitious 30-yard free-kick early in the second half. The defender was powerless to get his body out of the way of Joe Gomez's 93rd-minute header but fortunately his deflection wasn't powerful enough to beat McCormick, who smothered the ball on the line. We didn't allow them to have any.

Terry, making his first start since the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in October and first appearance since November, was adjudged to be last man when he fouled Lee Angol and was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend.

Klopp admitted "We could have done better, 100 per cent".

"I don't think the line-up was a mistake", he said. He proceeded to describe the game as "boring". "From that point of view it is welcome to the real world".

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