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Jan Molby doesn't blame Jurgen Klopp for weakened Liverpool side, anticipates tough Exeter test

Liverpool will field a much changed side against Exeter City as they attempt to deal with the effects of an injury crisis.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby expects Exeter City to be up for tonight's FA Cup third round clash with the Reds this evening. 

Liverpool are in the midst of an injury crisis and therefore Jurgen Klopp will field a much-changed side with several players potentially in line for their first team debuts. 

Molby wrote in his Liverpool Echo column that he doesn't blame Klopp for making the changes given the Reds have an injury list running into double figures, and two huge Premier League games against Arsenal and Manchester United at Anfield next week.

The Dane said: "They’re [Exeter] in poor form in the league but they’re really up for it and they will play well. There are things they will have to contend with like Premier League quality and Premier League tempo and whatever side Liverpool play they should have enough to get at least a replay.

"It’s just unfortunate that the greatest cup competition in the world has fallen between a massive semi-final and two huge Premier League games against Arsenal and Man United.

"No-one will be blaming Jurgen Klopp if he does ‘play the kids’ – imagine if we got another hamstring injury in the game! Managers across the Premier League will be making changes, some just have no choice."

Certainly this is a game that is earmarked as a potential 'giant killing' given Liverpool's predicament and that they are away from home.

Klopp himself has admitted that a lot of the players in the side tonight will not have had much playing time together as he looks to protect more senior players who have played nearly all of the games since the last international break in December. For some players, there hasn't been an opportunity for a break, and Klopp can't afford injuries to those players who are still fit.  

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