Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury Town’s remarkable run to the fourth round of the FA Cup this season continues as they will travel to Liverpool for their FA Cup fourth-round replay after drawing 2-2 in the reverse fixture.

Despite Liverpool going 2-0 up and looked to ease to the fifth round of the FA Cup, Shrewsbury Town certainly didn’t read the script as substitute Jason Cummings scored twice to level the game up and to take it to Anfield.

It was an encouraging performance from Liverpool’s young guns, especially Curtis Jones who netted the first goal in the game. It was Jones’ second consecutive FA Cup goal after netting the only goal in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Merseyside rivals Everton in the third round of the competition.

Both clubs are the mirror opposites of each other with Liverpool thriving at the top of the table, going 22 points clear today after knocking off Southampton 4-0 at home.

The Reds have won their 20th Premier League home game in a row, the longest streak in the Premier League. The club is also 42 games unbeaten in the league, seven behind Arsenal’s famous 49 match unbeaten streak.

Liverpool Odds Against Struggling Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury, on the other hand, is wallowing in 16th place of League One, 13 points and 10 places behind the playoff places. They’ve won just eight league games all season, only four teams in League One have won less.

After Shrewsbury’s famous comeback, albeit against a youthful Liverpool side, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made headlines after complaining that the replay between Liverpool and Shrewsbury was scheduled in the middle of a winter break that the Premier League organized.

He then stated that no senior player will take part in the replay while telling reporters that he will not coach the team, those duties will be handed to Neil Critchley, the Liverpool under-23’s manager. Critchley took charge of the Liverpool side that lost 5-0 to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

It’ll be an even more youthful Liverpool side than we’ve been accustomed to seeing in the cups and Shrewsbury might just fancy themselves at Anfield.

Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool qualifying for the fifth round of the FA Cup opens at +105, making them slight favorites. Odds on Shrewsbury Town claiming a famous win in their history opens at +200, according to sportsbooks. Odds on the full-time result ending in a draw that would result in penalties open at +300.

Could We See a Stronger Liverpool Side in the Latter Rounds of the Cup?

Klopp has stuck to a strict line-up of youth and fringe first-team players in both domestic cups. If Liverpool were to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup, it’s another strong possibility of another trophy for Klopp’s men. 

However, with the remaining league games and Liverpool’s Champions League ties, Klopp may retain faith in the young players and grant them more experience that can only help them not heed them.