Liverpool is not going to give Premier League appearances like “Christmas presents” to younger gamers regardless of having already gained the title, says boss Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp’s facet had been thrashed 4-0 by Manchester City on Thursday of their first recreation since securing their first top-flight title in 30 years.
The Reds haven’t any cup ties and solely six league video games left to play this season.
“The youngsters are really close, but we won’t give them Premier League matches just for fun,” stated Klopp.
Harvey Elliott, 17, and 19-year-olds Neco Williams and Curtis Jones have all been within the matchday squad for each of Liverpool’s final two video games.
“We want to win football games and to win football games the best players have to be on the pitch,” stated Klopp.
“If the young boys are part of these best players then they will be on the pitch.
“They are so shut, they’re actually good and they’re our future – however they won’t play now as a result of I need to see them in a Premier League recreation.
“We don’t give Premier League games as Christmas presents.”
Klopp added that he didn’t suppose “these kind of questions” will probably be requested of Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard and Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Following their defeat by City, Klopp took issue with questions from the media as he defended his facet’s angle.
Liverpool host 18th-placed Aston Villa on Sunday at 16:30 BST earlier than going through Brighton, who’re in 15th, on Wednesday at 20:15.
“We are really in the competition, and it’s not just about the other teams like Aston Villa fighting to stay in the league, Brighton fighting to stay in the league,” stated Klopp.
“It’s not about respect, we just want to do it because that’s the case. The boys are really good. But it’s not like we are giving Premier League appearances away like sweets.”