Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side had to ride their lucky to some degree after drawing 2-2 with Exeter City in the FA Cup last night.
The Premier League side were lucky against the Football League club, coming back from a goal down on two occasions to force a replay at Anfield in coming weeks.
Jerome Sinclair and Brad Smith were on target for the Merseyside outfit to salvage Klopp’s blushes and keep the Reds in the competition.
The German trainer gave his verdict on the game in the aftermath, stating that because a young side had been fielded it was always going to be a tricky proposition.
“It smelt and tasted like cup games do – the first round is always very difficult, in our situation especially,” he told the club’s official website.
“We tried to create a line-up under time pressure – [some loan players] came back yesterday and we trained together yesterday and this morning for around 40 minutes.
“We tried to create a common plan and idea. It was not too good, it was not too bad, but it showed that in football it’s very important you work together and train together and we couldn’t do that with this team.”
Klopp is clearly starting to realise the magnitude of the job at hand at Lvierpool, with inconsistency ruling the roost and the former Dortmund trainer looking more and more frustrated in recent weeks.
The last thing he will have wanted is to have an extra schedule added to a busy fixture list, especially given the club’s mounting injury crisis currently.