It was a close thing, but the kids got it done at Anfield to help Liverpool advance past Shrewsbury Town to face Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup. It must have been a special night for the academy players, and in particular Neco Williams, whose cross got headed into the goal by an unfortunate Shrewsbury defender to win the game.
“It was just unbelievable,” Williams said after the game.
“I think it was a night that we’ll remember for a long time, especially the debutants. I thought the whole team dug in and we kept on going until the final whistle.
“I thought the crowd were excellent, they were there from the first whistle to the final whistle. It was a special night for the whole team. I’ve known some of the lads out there since I was about seven years old so you go through all the stages and to play a first-team game at Anfield with the crowd, and to get through to the next round, is just a special night for a lot of us.”
This season has been incredible, with every player, from the most senior to the teenagers, given real responsibility on Liverpool’s quest for a record-breaking season. The fans have also been drafted into the cause, and they’ve played their role as well, showing up on a bitterly cold winter day, midweek to cheer the kids on as they battled it out in an FA Cup replay against a League One side.
The mentality of these players and the synergy between the team and fans is really something to see. The next round of the FA Cup will take place at Stamford Bridge, and it will take place during the week of March 2nd.