Liverpool vs Shrewsbury
| Tuesday, February 4th |
FA Cup | Anfield
7:45PM BST / 2:45PM EST
It’s time for the Magic of the Cup once again, as — absent its entire first team squad — Liverpool’s U23s take on League One’s Shrewsbury Town in a Round four replay match that isn’t even being televised.
Since earning a late 2-2 draw in the previous meeting between the two sides, the Shrews have lost twice in the league, falling 2-0 and 1-0 to Gillingham and Rochdale, respectively, extending a league run of games without a win that stretches back to December 21st. Salop currently sit 16th in the table, and an unlikely FA Cup run seems the club’s best chance of experiencing some sort of joy this season.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Kelleher; Williams, Hoever, van den Berg, Larouci; Chirivella, Bearne, Jones; Dixon-Bonner, Longstaff, Elliott
It is difficult to predict exactly which players will be taking the pitch tomorrow night, but they will almost exclusively have been born sometime in this millennium. Yasser Larouci will be a late decision following a knock in training and Paul Glatzel is not quite ready to return after his knee injury sustained in the summer, but otherwise there will be familiar faces for those who watched the previous Carabao and FA Cup matches.
On the sidelines, Neil Critchley will be leading the team as Jürgen Klopp enjoys a well-deserved break from the punishing schedule the club has endured this winter.
What the Managers Said
Neil Critchley: “They deserve their replay because of the way they performed. The boss said after they were fully deserving of the result on the evening. To be 2-0 down and stay in the game, to come back, they created a lot of problems for us. I’m sure they’ll be thinking of something similar tomorrow night.”
Sam Ricketts: “Genuinely, I’d always rather play against the best. I’ve said as a player you want to play against the best and we’re no different now. Whichever team Liverpool put out there is going to be some great players, no doubting that.”
Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistant referees: Adrian Holmes, Nick Greenhalgh
Fourth official: Tony Harrington
VAR: Lee Mason, Nick Hopton
Kickoff is set for 7:45PM GMT/2:45PM EST tomorrow, and although limited television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV, the veracity of these listings is questionable, and your best bet may well be the club’s official radio broadcast.
In the meantime, and as always, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.