WOLVERHAMPTON, England — Jurgen Klopp praised the efficiency of 16-year-previous Ki-Jana Hoever after the defender made his Liverpool debut throughout the 2-1 FA Cup loss at Wolves on Monday evening.
Hoever turned the membership’s third-youngest participant ever after Jerome Sinclair and Jack Robinson when he was thrust into motion after 5 minutes of play at Molineux as Dejan Lovren got here off with an injured hamstring.
Lovren’s injury provides to Liverpool’s considerations at centre-half, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip nonetheless sidelined.
“Hamstring [is] what I heard, with none indicators earlier than,” Klopp stated of Lovren’s situation at a information convention. “I requested all people — no indicators, nothing, simply out of the blue.
“That is the choice you will have to make. I am unsure what you all would have stated if we deliver instantly from the start, with our centre-half scenario, Fabinho and Ki-Jana.
“Then in all probability a number of sensible folks would inform me that I do not respect the competitors or no matter. We tried to do all of the issues.
“On the opposite aspect, it would not make sense to deliver a 16-year-previous boy from the beginning. We wait till he is utterly prepared, however he did nicely. He got here on and did nicely.
“Clearly that is the way it generally begins when you’re actually wanted. Then it is solely about in the event you’re adequate, not how previous you’re. He did nicely. That was all OK. That is it.”
Liverpool presently sit 4 factors clear on the high of the Premier League forward of Saturday’s journey to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Hoever was one in every of three youngsters in Liverpool’s workforce for the loss towards Wolves as Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho additionally made their aggressive debuts for the membership.
In whole, Klopp made 9 adjustments to his aspect for the third-spherical tie, which was settled by Ruben Neves’ lengthy-vary strike, and careworn that they have been required due to sickness and injury.
“We aren’t right here to be new world-document holders for the youngest workforce,” the Liverpool supervisor stated. “It is good.
“The boys are round, the boys prepare with us. That is why they prepare with us as a result of we expect they’re adequate. We play 10 versus 10, they’re on the opposite workforce and consider me, they play significantly better than they did tonight. Simply tonight it was not doable.
“After the Metropolis recreation we instantly had a number of gamers who have been unwell, confirmed sore throat and all that stuff you’ll be able to have on this interval of the yr. A number of of them weren’t even in after the Metropolis recreation.
“Just about all of the gamers not right here right now had little issues, aside from Ali [goalkeeper Alisson]. We had to make late adjustments. Yesterday, Adam [Lallana] was in our plans, like Hendo [Jordan Henderson].
“Dejan was not within the plans — he ought to have solely been on the bench. It occurred what occurred. It would not assist lots. Then we had to change once more.
“We introduced Mo [Salah] and Bobby [Roberto Firmino] on, and it appeared clearly a bit of bit totally different. The depth of the previous few video games gave me the knowledge that it isn’t doable to begin with the three up entrance.
“Solely Dejan performed lots of video games within the final three or 4 weeks — just about all of the video games. That is why he was not [meant to be] concerned. So he performed right now and he was injured. Hendo, yesterday. [James Milner] this injury already. That is the scenario.
“Not too cool, nevertheless it was not likely to change for right now. That is the story of the sport.”