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Wijnaldum defends Klopp’s call to play ‘kids’ in FA Cup replay

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Georginio Wijnaldum insists he is fully behind Jurgen Klopp’s decision to play the U-23 side against Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury kept their hopes alive of progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup after managing to hold the mighty Liverpool to 2-2 draw on the weekend.

Both sides will now have to wait for a second go at each other in the match which is scheduled for the next month during the winter break.

Jurgen Klopp, despite having first hand witnessed the threats Shrewsbury possess, has declared that he will not be playing any of his first-team players in the replay. Klopp’s decision to play his U-23 team has caused controversy.

But not only Georginio Wijnaldum understands his manager’s intention, he is fully behind it. Wijnaldum insisted that it will be better for players’ fitness if they take some time off mid-season.

“Since I’ve been in the Premier League I’ve played the season without a winter break. But I also know, before I came to the Premier League, how good it is for a player to have some rest,” Wijnaldum told Sky Sports News.

“After the rest, you can go again. Your body is more rested than if you keep on going, so that’s a good thing.

“You just have to see how the situation is. But if the manager decides that the younger players are going to play the game, then we should accept it.”