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Adrian and Liverpool Try to Come to Grips With FA Cup Draw

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Given the larger context of the season, Sunday’s result was almost unimaginable, and yet here we are.

Shrewsbury Town v Liverpool FC - FA Cup Fourth Round Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool, and this Liverpool side in particular, and even this Liverpool side in particular with a healthy dose of youth players sprinkled in, should not be struggling to get past a League One side. That’s the long and the short of it.

Yet here we are, with a replay set for Anfield on Tuesday, February 4th. A replay the senior players won’t take part in due to it falling during their winter break. It left goalkeeper Adrian trying to come to grips with things.

“We are really disappointed obviously because we could have done much better than our performance,” he said. “The result at the end was fair but the penalty they got was outside the box—but they had also many chances.

“We could have defended much better than we did. They deserve all the respect. At the end they got a draw and obviously it’s like a win for them because we have to play the second game now at Anfield.”

Liverpool are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand on their nearest challengers. Shrewsbury Town are currently 16th in the 23-team League One, the third tier of the English footballing pyramid.

There’s no doubt Shrewsbury will be treating it as a win—and rightly so. Now, whoever it is that plays against them on the 4th, there will need to be some reflection and more than a little improvement shown.

“We need to have a look at ourselves and criticise ourselves,” Adrian added of the necessary response. “Because we are most critical of ourselves and try to improve and keep doing like we are doing in the Premier League.”