Liverpool have NO plans to field weakened teams for the remainder of the season, if they secure the Premier League title soon after action resumes from the coronavirus hiatus.
Premier League bosses and club chiefs are set to meet on Monday for their latest discussions over Project Restart, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed updated measures to the countrywide lockdown on Sunday evening.
Jurgen Klopp apparently has no plans to play the kids once his Liverpool side are crowned Premier League champions
Ahead of that meeting, an unnamed chief executive from a rival top flight club is said to have suggested last week that the runaway leaders could undermine the sporting integrity of the league by playing the kids once the title is secured.
However, according to The Times those claims have bemused Anfield officials and the notion has not even come into Jurgen Klopp’s thinking.
Liverpool are 25 points clear at the top of the table and require just two more wins to clinch the Merseyside clubs first title in 30 years.
There have been claims Liverpool could affect the integrity of the battle against relegation if they field weakened teams in their remaining matches, although Aston Villa and Brighton are the only relegation-threatened clubs they still have to play.
Reds boss Klopp has selected a young, inexperienced team on two occasions this season, but both of those came in very different circumstances.
The first came in December when a young Reds side beat Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup as the first-team were out in Qatar for their victorious FIFA Club World Cup campaign, and it was repeated in January when their FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town clashed with the Premier Leagues winter break.
Liverpool’s kids won both their games against Aston Villa and Shrewsbury this season, and their coach Neil Critchley was soon snapped up to be the new manager of Blackpool
But it is said the German boss is planning to select what he feels is his strongest line-up for their nine remaining league games, IF the campaign resumes after the coronavirus shutdown.
Liverpool still have to play against Everton, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United, as well as relegation-threatened Villa and Brighton.
While the title could be sealed soon after the restart, Liverpool will still have something to fight for.
The Reds have the opportunity to break Man Citys Premier League record of 100 points, set in 2017-18. They have accumulated 82, with a further 27 available.
So far, they have won 27 of their 29 league games to date, and while chasing the record is unlikely to be a priority now, they will surely do everything they can to give their fans another reason to cheer.
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