Glen Johnson says he expects Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to name a stronger side for their upcoming FA Cup tie against Chelsea.
The Reds have fielded young sides in their Carabao Cup and FA Cup ties this season, with Klopp allowing Under-23 boss Neil Critchley to take charge of the team on several occasions.
Liverpool rested their entire first team for the fourth round replay against Shrewsbury, with the Reds’ young side earning a 1-0 win to book their place against Chelsea in the fifth round.
The decision sparked controversy, with some labelling Klopp’s decision as disrespectful to the competition and Shrewsbury.
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But the Reds boss has maintained his stance and insisted his decision made sense with the authorities to blame for not giving players more of a break.
“What difference would it make? Why should I be there?” he said before Liverpool’s win over West Ham last month.
“On the football side it is clear and the other thing is we have to make a stand.
“I really don’t understand that I should be in the directors box just because people pay money to watch the game. If we react how we always react and find a way to do it, then nothing will change.
“I decided three weeks ago we would have a mid-season break based on a letter we got [from the FA] in April 2019. Although it was not in the beginning, it is now a principle thing.”
The success of Liverpool’s youngsters has prompted suggestions that Klopp could once again field a youthful side against Chelsea.
But former Chelsea and Liverpool right-back Johnson says he cannot see Klopp fielding an entire team of teenagers at Stamford Bridge.
“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…