By Harvey Byrne

Gary Neville believes weakened teams in the FA Cup is the right thing to do in the competition after Jurgen Klopp came under criticism for his Liverpool side on Saturday.

Klopp made nine changes to his lineup to face Wolves at Anfield following the 1-0 defeat against Southampton on Wednesday with Loris Karius and Roberto Firmino the only survivors.

The starting eleven contained the likes of Connor Randall, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn, which led to many believing it was a weakened team.

One critic was Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who believes Klopp “lacks knowlegde and respect of the English sides.”

However, surprisingly former United defender Neville came to the defence of the selection of the younger players and shared on his personal Twitter account that it was how he started out.

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“Lots won’t like this but weakened teams usually means young players getting a chance to shine,” said Neville. “It’s the right thing for the FA cup. It’s how I was given the chance to be a player. Getting a run out in cup games.”

The defeat against the Championship side has now seen Liverpool fall out of two competitions in the same week after their 2-0 aggregate defeat against Southampton.

Additionally, it has also seen the Reds go eight matches without a win since 2017 began.

The Merseyside giants will be hoping for a quick change in form with the league now their primary focus.

However, it doesn’t look to be getting any easier with league leaders Chelsea coming up next on Tuesday.

In other Liverpool news, Reds fans reacted to Lineker’s comments on Twitter.

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