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Liverpool U23 coach Critchley admits Jones crucial facing Shrewsbury

Liverpool U23 coach Neil Critchley admits he'll be leaning on Curtis Jones for tonight's FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.

Jones could skipper the team tonight with the senior players and manager Jurgen Klopp now away on their Premier League break.

Critchley said, "I think he gave a good answer to that in the game against Everton! Self-belief is probably not one of his weaknesses. But that is also why he is who he is. He'll be looking forward to the game tomorrow night, no doubt about that.

"A few of the other players have had some experience of these types of games this season – Arsenal, Everton, Aston Villa, tomorrow night. So that little bit of experience in and around the team we're going to have, even though you're talking about experience when Curtis has only just turned 19 and we're going to have players who are eligible in the U18 team.

"People say it's an U23s team – we're not, we're going to be U19, U20 at best – but a lot of people speak about young players not getting an opportunity in this country. They are going to get an opportunity tomorrow night and they have already had an opportunity this season, because that's what the manager does. I can't wait."


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