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christian-benteke-liverpoolLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will give some of his youngsters another run out in their FA Cup third-round replay at home to Exeter on Wednesday night, in order to protect senior players in a busy January.

The German plans to name a similar side to that which drew 2-2 in the first meeting when he made 11 changes in the midst of an horrendous injury crisis.

Goalkeeper Danny Ward, recently recalled from Aberdeen, and the on-loan Steven Caulker are ineligible for this tie only but defender Jon Flanagan could return after more than 18 months out.

Klopp said: “We had a few players in the squad for the last two matches who were injured a couple of weeks ago so we have to think for who it makes sense and for who it is not too dangerous or difficult to start again.

“We have to build a squad with players who are in a situation to win the game and where there is not too much doubt about re-injuries.

“That is the first thing we have to think about, so it will be a similar team to last time.”

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale has told his players to enjoy the replay and make the most of the opportunity at Anfield.

Tisdale still somewhat rues the fact the Grecians missed out on dumping Liverpool out of the competition at St James Park earlier this month.

Exeter have moved on, though, aware of the size of the task awaiting them on Merseyside as they bid to reach the fourth round for the first time since 1981.

“As much as we were delighted with the draw [in the first game], it was tinged slightly by the fact that we had the lead with 15 minutes to go,” Tisdale said.

“But, being a football manager, you move onto the next very quickly. If you reflect too much on a match, you’re in trouble, so we had to put it behind us for the two league games.

“We’ve focused on the last two Sky Bet League Two matches as it was imperative that we didn’t take our eye off the ball and come into this replay having lost two games.

“We know that we’ve just picked up some valuable points towards the club’s campaign.

“We’ve been to Morecambe and we’ve been to Leyton Orient and come back with four points; we’ve rotated the squad a little and got plenty of players playing and now we can look forward to this one.

“We’re going to enjoy it; we have nothing to lose.”

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Prior to the 2-2 draw at St James Park, Liverpool won the only previous FA Cup meeting between these two, winning 3-1 at Anfield in a fourth-round tie in January 1950.

Liverpool have never lost to a fourth-tier side in 14 games in the FA Cup (W11 D3), winning four of their six home ties (D2), and progressing on each occasion.

The Reds have drawn their last two home FA Cup ties 0-0, and have never gone three Cup games at Anfield without scoring.

Exeter have not reached the FA Cup fourth round since overcoming Maidstone United 4-2 in January 1981, losing seven ties since.

The Grecians have beaten top flight opposition three times in 32 attempts in the FA Cup, most recently in a fourth round replay against Leicester in 1981.

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