Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s youngsters after they safely avoided a banana skin to progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Klopp started four teenagers – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn – for the third round replay against League Two high-fliers Plymouth, while another two, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo, were second half substitutes.
But a header from old hand Lucas – his first goal since October 2010 – secured a 1-0 win for Klopp’s men, who will face Championship outfit Wolves in the next round.
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Klopp said: "There were a lot of challenges for the young players. We were playing live on television against a fourth division team and everybody thinks you are three or four classes better.
"You do not want to feel the embarrassment of losing a game like this.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) January 18, 2017
“I thought I could see that a bit when it started happening to them in the first half. I thought at half-time we could fix this, and we were kind of back in the race and controlled the game well after.
"I'm happy about their potential and we will do everything we can to let it grow. But they have big job to do, too."