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Brad Smith explains the challenges an inexperienced Liverpool side faced at Exeter

Liverpool are likely to field a young side again in their replay of the FA Cup third round tie with Exeter City.

Liverpool left-back Brad Smith has spoken about the challenges the side faced when they met Exeter in the first game of their FA Cup third round tie.

The game at St James' Park finished 2-2 and a lot of eyebrows were raised at the very inexperienced line-up fielded by Jurgen Klopp as he tried to guide the Reds through an injury crisis and keep other senior players fit for subsequent games.

Jerome Sinclair and Smith himself got on the scoresheet in order to force a replay at Anfield which takes place this evening.

Smith told the Liverpool Echo about the lack of game time the players had together and how some hadn't even spoken to the manager before preparations for the game began.

He said: “It is difficult. It was the same for a lot of players they hadn’t played with each other and for some of the players coming back off loan it was the first time they had met the manager.

“It was a challenge to come together quickly and I think we all put a good shift in and it was good to get a replay in the end. I think we showed a lot of heart for such a young team.

“The pitch was difficult, they were up for it, the young boys were up for it as well and it was good to get the replay."

After playing that game together, as well as getting familiar with the manager and settling back into things at Melwood, one would think the side that takes to the field tonight at Anfield should be better placed to deal with the matter at hand than they were 12 days ago.

It is another opportunity for those on the fringes of the team to not only get the side to the next round of the cup but to also impress their manager enough to think they could do a job for the first team.

It will be interesting to see if the time the players have spent together since the first game will mean a more fluid performance from Liverpool's youngsters. 

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