Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended selecting the youngest starting XI in the club’s history for the 0-0 FA Cup draw againist league Two Plymouth.

The Reds now face a trip to Devon for the third-round replay and have six remaining in January.

Klopp’s side also play Southampton in a two-legged EFL Cup semi-final and Premier League games against Manchester United, Swansea and Chelsea.

However, the German boss said: “I don’t think the line-up was a mistake.”

Asked about the long, midweek trip for the FA Cup replay, a 19:45 GMT kick-off on 17 January, Klopp added: “Yippee. I don’t know if at home they can play the same defensive style. We are looking forward to it.”

Liverpool’s starting line-up on Sunday had an average age of of 21 years and 296 days.

Forward Ben Woodburn, 17, is the club’s youngest goalscorer after his strike against Leeds in the EFL Cup earlier this season and he was given his first start.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, 18, and 19-year-olds Joe Gomez – making his first appearance since suffering a knee ligament injury in October 2015 – Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo were also in the side.

At 29, Lucas was the oldest Liverpool player.