- Jurgen Klopp had a half time team to Liverpool youngsters when they were trailing Aston Villa by 4-0
- The German manager encouraged the squad to be brave despite making several mistakes at the back
- Aston Villa qualified into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup following the victory at Villa Park
Jurgen Klopp sent the message 'be brave' to the young Liverpool side that took on Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
Neil Critchley was in charge of the Reds U23 side at Upton Park that went down by 4-0 at half time to a Villa side that went on a rampage.
The current Premier League leaders still went on to lose 5-0 at full time but Critchley revealed the classy message Klopp told his inexperienced squad after 45 minutes.
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"We had information from Jurgen Klopp at half-time to carry on being brave and carry on playing the way we were playing," Critchley revealed to Sky Sports.
"He was out there watching with the staff and the players and I am sure he will be proud of the way we played tonight."
But Critchley also defended his inexperienced side who were averagely 19 years and 182 days.
"Try telling those players it was a bad evening for them.
"My overwhelming feeling was one of immense pride."
"This was decided by the club as the best solution.
"We are the beneficiaries of the success of the first team and we could not have done much more," Critchley told BBC.
Harvey Elliott, Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever will travel to Doha to join up with the first team who are preparing for a Club World Cup clash with Mexican outfit Monterrey.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Virgil van Dijk has been named men's player of the year by the Football Supporters' Association.
The Liverpool defender beat Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, teammate Sadio Mane and Tottenham's Heung-Min Son to the award.
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