Jurgen Klopp commits future to Liverpool amid owner uncertainty as Reds edge Derby in Carabao Cup

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Jurgen Klopp has backed Liverpool owner FSG’s plans to bring more “investment” into the club as he insisted the speculation over the top of the club will not impact his position.

The Reds edged Derby on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, after which Klopp was asked about his future at Anfield amid the uncertainty.

“What I read [is] they are looking for investment,” he said. “Good idea, I like that.

“For me, it means nothing, whatever happens, if it does change, I am committed to the club.”

Harvey Elliott, introduced as a 65th-minute substitute along with Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunez, scored the decisive kick as the disappointing hosts won 3-2 in the shoot-out.

That it had reached that point was perhaps no surprise as Liverpool, who registered 11 changes from Sunday's win over Tottenham, have not won a Carabao Cup tie in normal time at Anfield since a 2-0 victory over Leeds in November 2016.

Full debuts were handed to summer signing Calvin Ramsay (19), 17-year-old Bobby Clark - son of former Newcastle midfielder Lee - 18-year-olds Stefan Bajcetic and Melkamu Frauendorf and Layton Stewart (20). The five other senior outfield players had made just 25 starts between them this season and Joe Gomez accounted for 11 of those.

Derby, 46 places below their hosts, knew their best chance was to frustrate and hope to take an opportunity when it came so when Liverpool entered their half they dropped into a back five, sometimes six, and the inexperienced midfield and forward line struggled to come up with a solution.

Additional reporting by PA.