Klopp was full of praise for the club’s youth ranks, saying their development was “really good.”
“We spoke a few months ago about how we should change the U23s a little bit,” he explained.
“A lot of players needed to stay here and use another year playing together in a really good team, that can get results, that can score goals, that can win games.
“Then the opportunity to train with us [at Melwood] in different moments.
“The other way was sending them on loan at 17 or 18, we did that with a few players, but that was, again, a decision because of the squad.”
However, the manager insisted he would be fielding a “strong lineup,” with “respect” for the League Cup and with a view to reaching another final.