By Frank McAvennie

13th Nov, 2022 | 2:11pm

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Frank McAvennie has hailed Liverpool for finding a way to “get through” in the League Cup despite taking it to penalties.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker said it seems as though teams “do not respect” the League Cup competition.

Both Tottenham and Arsenal were knocked out of the Carabao Cup whilst the Reds scraped through on penalties.

As quoted by the Guardian (10 November), Antonio Conte singled out Harry Kane and claimed his players are “really tired” after their 2-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Jurgen Klopp made 11 changes to face Derby County on Wednesday (9 November), that included a first start for 19-year-old Calvin Ramsay and a substitute appearance for 17-year-old Ben Doak.

The Reds couldn’t find the winner during the 90 minutes and scraped through with a 3-2 win on penalties.

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McAvennie suggested that the top teams do not take the competition seriously.

All this about players being tired is nonsense,” he told Football Insider.

If they are tired they are not fit. I do not get it. I want to play all the time, I do not want teams to play youngsters. Liverpool are great, they play youngsters and they still find a way to get through.

Arsenal played squad players and they got beat. It is as if they do not respect the League Cup anymore. If they do not respect it then they should not have it. Give the players a break.

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