Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead to League One Shrewsbury and will now face a replay in the FA Cup.
Shrewsbury 2-2 Liverpool
FA Cup Fourth Round, New Meadow
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Jones 15′ (assist: Chirivella)
Love (OG) 46′ (assist: Williams)
Cummings (pen) 65′
Klopp made 11 changes to the Reds’ side, but it was still a very strong lineup, underling the strength of the Liverpool squad. So many changes though did make for an understandably disjointed performance.
Two of the youngsters coming into the side, Pedro Chirivella and Curtis Jones, combined for the opening goal, with Chirivella playing a lovely defence-splitting pass for Jones who slotted nicely past the keeper.
Chirivella, playing in a more advanced midfield role, really impressed and along with Takumi Minamino was the Reds’ liveliest player in the first half.
Half time: Shrewsbury 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool’s lead doubled within a minute of the re-start when defender Donald Love sidefooted Neco Williams‘ cross into his own goal, but despite that, Shrewsbury had plenty of chances and Liverpool struggled to create anything.
The returning trio of Fabinho, Lovren and Matip were very rusty and often created their own problems in defence.
It was a goal that the home side deserved, but had VAR been in place, it would likely have adjudged the foul to be just outside the box.
10 minutes later, Cummings slotted his second to level things up. It came about from a long goal kick which Matip failed to win the header from, then Lovren dived in and got nutmegged. Shocking from the centre-backs.
Liverpool were awful and struggled to complete a pass for a long spell, but did eventually create chances and Salah should have headed in Firmino’s cross in stoppage time.
A replay will now take place back at Anfield; Klopp will be fuming about that and he only has his own team to blame.
TIA Man of the Match: Pedro Chirivella
Referee: Andre Marriner
Shrewsbury: O’Leary; Williams, Golbourne, Pierre; Love, Norburn, Goss, Whalley, Ebanks-Landell; Laurent, Lang,
Subs: Murphy, Edwards, Beckles, Walker, Udoh, Cummings, Hart
Subs: Kelleher, Hoever, Alexander-Arnold, Keita
Next Match: West Ham (away, Wednesday 29 January)