Jurgen Klopp matched a 23-year record with his team selection for Fulham vs Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday evening.
The Reds progressed to the Carabao Cup final after beating the Cottagers over two legs, winning 2-1 at Anfield before a 1-1 draw in west London midweek.
Luis Diaz scored the crucial goal after just 11 minutes at Craven Cottage, Fulham unable to stage a late comeback despite Issa Diop's equaliser.
Despite the significance of Wednesday's clash, Klopp was still willing to rotate his side for the trip down south, with Caoimhin Kelleher retaining his place in goal, Conor Bradley earning another appearance and Ryan Gravenberch coming in for Curtis Jones.
In the end, his team selection paid dividends, while also matching a record that has stood for almost 25 years.
According to Opta's Michael Reid, Liverpool fielded their youngest lineup in a major cup semi-final since 2001, the average age of Klopp's team being just 24 years and 194 days.
Even younger for tonight's 2nd leg - an average age of 24 years, 194 days is Liverpool's youngest starting XI for a major semi-final since the 2000-01 League Cup 1st leg v Crystal Palace (24y 174d). #LFC #FULLIV https://t.co/NFpBvw13DI
— Michael Reid (@michael_reid11) January 24, 2024
That's 136 days younger than Klopp's team for the first leg, which was already Liverpool's youngest in a major cup semi-final since the 2002/03 season.
Klopp also turned to youth from the bench, 18-year-old midfielder Bobby Clark brought into the action with six minutes of normal time remaining and the game tied.