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Jurgen Klopp sent a message to Liverpool u-23's boss Neil Critchley last night urging his young side to 'be brave' against Aston Villa.
Villa ran riot against a young Liverpool team and were 4-0 up before half-time.
They'd go on to lose 5-0 but Critchley revealed the classy message Klopp sent to his inexperienced team during the break.
"We had information from Jurgen Klopp at half-time to carry on being brave and carry on playing the way we were playing," Critchley revealed to Sky Sports.
"He was out there watching with the staff and the players and I am sure he will be proud of the way we played tonight."
Despite the scoreline suggesting a hammering, Liverpool's youngsters gave a good account of themselves.
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Critchley also defended 'The Reds' decision to field such an inexperienced side.
The average age of the team was 19 years and 182 days, with Liverpool's senior side at the Club World Cup in Qatar.
Critchley, who took charge of the team, told BBC Sport: "Try telling those players it was a bad evening for them.
"My overwhelming feeling was one of immense pride."
"This was decided by the club as the best solution," he added.
"We are the beneficiaries of the success of the first team and we could not have done much more."
Harvey Elliott, Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever, who all featured last night, will fly out to Doha to join up with the first team.
Liverpool's Club World Cup campaign kicks-off this evening against Mexican outfit Monterrey.
Jurgen Klopp wasn't the only manager to commend the effort of Liverpool's youngsters.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith and assistant John Terry visited the away dressing room at the end of the game to see the players.
"We just told the Liverpool players, 'well done' and keep working at what they are doing," said Smith.
Critchley: "The conduct of the Aston Villa players to our players all night was first class. For Dean Smith and John Terry to come into our dressing room after the game and say such complimentary words to our players was a special moment."
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"I came through coaching those sorts of age groups. It was great to see them on that stage tonight; we had to be very professional.
"It was a bit of a weird game, probably the weirdest one I've been involved in for a quarter-final of a major competition. They had technically gifted players, were tactically switched on and they made it very difficult for us at times."
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