By Harvey Byrne

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson has slammed rumours that Jurgen Klopp is planning to play youngsters in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.

The 33-year-old, who played for the Reds for four years between 1996 and 2000 stated that it would be “disrespectful” and if “the young players were not being considered at Premier League level then they shouldn’t be playing in the competition.”

Klopp has already confirmed that back-up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will start against Spurs, while according to reports in the Express Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria are expected to come into the side.

However, these reports have not gone down well with their former midfielder, who went onto social media site Instagram to air his dismay at the decision.

“I’m hearing rumours Liverpool are considering playing a few youngsters tonight,” wrote Thompson on his personal social media account. “Surely it’s slightly disrespectful to the EFL CUP if they are not being considered seriously at premier league level then they shouldn’t be playing here at this stage in the competition imo,this is a good chance for #Lfc to bag silverware this season and should not be underestimated…I’m all for giving the youngsters a chance but only on merit”

Liverpool made the final of the competition in the last campaign under Klopp, where they eventually lost to Manchester City on penalties.

They have a good history in the competition, winning it a record eight times with their most recent win coming in 2012 after they beat Cardiff on penalties.

However, they face a tough Tottenham team, who are unbeaten in the league at Anfield and will also be keen to progress themselves to the fifth round of the competition.

In other Liverpool news, John Aldridge believes that Joel Matip is the “chief organiser” in the Reds’ defence.