Klopp’s Kids Powering Liverpool’s Quadruple Bid: Teen Stars Who Delivered in Carabao Cup and FA Cup

Klopp’s Kids Powering Liverpool’s Quadruple Bid: Teen Stars Who Delivered in Carabao Cup and FA Cup

Joel Reyes
February 29, 2024 at 10:53 AM
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  • Liverpool remained on course to claim an unprecedented quadruple this season
  • The Reds won this year's Carabao Cup and advanced to the FA Cup quarter-finals
  • Jurgen Klopp trusted his young players in those tournaments and they delivered

The quadruple is on for Liverpool.

Despite mounting injuries to his side, the Reds are marching on this season, thanks to Jurgen Klopp's young stars.

Sports Brief looks at the teen players who delivered for Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final and their win over Southampton in the FA Cup.

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Jurgen Klopp celebrates with teen star Jayden Danns after he scored twice in Liverpool's FA Cup win. Images: PAUL ELLIS.
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Liverpool's teen stars deliver in Carabao Cup

Klopp entered the Carabao Cup final with a depleted squad. Some of his key players were deemed unavailable due to injuries, including Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, and Alisson.

Despite their absences, the Reds hung tough against Chelsea and gave them all they could handle in the final. With the match remaining goalless, Klopp decided to roll the dice late in the second half and insert some of his teen stars to provide some fresh legs for Liverpool.

Conor Bradley was replaced by 19-year-old Bobby Clark in the 72nd minute. James McConnell and Jayden Danns were the next to appear as substitutes, replacing Alexis Mac Allister and Cody Gakpo.

It was a huge gamble for Klopp as the three academy players combined for just 15 first-team appearances in their Liverpool careers, per The Athletic.

Klopp also put in Jarell Quansah to shore up Liverpool's defence. The four players handled themselves quite well, helping the Reds record a 1-0 win over Chelsea after extra time.

Koumas, Danns star in FA Cup win

Klopp's kids dazzled once again in the fifth round of the FA Cup, with Lewis Koumas and Danns scoring all the goals in Liverpool's 3-0 win.

Koumas sent fans at Anfield into a frenzy when his deflected effort off Southampton captain Jack Stephens found the back of the net just before the half-time break, per the BBC.

Danns replaced Koumas in the second half, and he also rewarded Klopp's faith in him. He doubled Liverpool's lead in the 73rd minute, scoring in front of the Kop off Harvey Elliott's pass.

He made it 3-0 in the 88th minute, blasting the ball past Saints goalkeeper Joe Lumley after Conor Bradley's initial effort was saved.

FA Cup quarter-final matchups

Sports Brief recently reported on the FA Cup quarter-final matchups.

Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in a blockbuster clash.

The other last-8 games are Manchester City vs. Newcastle United, Chelsea vs. Leicester City, and Wolves vs. Coventry City.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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