Liverpool v Shrewsbury: FA Cup live matchday blog
A youthful Liverpool side booked a place in the FA Cup fifth round after beating Shrewsbury Town 1-0 in an Anfield replay. An own-goal by Ro-Shaun Williams settled the contest on an entertaining night on Merseyside.
Neil Critchley's verdict
Neil Critchley offered his thoughts on Liverpool's 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town as he addressed the media in his post-match press conference at Anfield.
In it, the manager revealed details of his conversations with Jürgen Klopp and also how James Milner had lent his support to the young Reds, both in the build-up and on the night.
Critchley also discussed why the performance and result is something all those connected with the club's Academy can take pride in.
Click here to read what he had to say in full.
Neco Williams reaction
Neco Williams labelled tonight’s FA Cup victory a ‘special night’ for the entire Liverpool team.
“It was just unbelievable,” Liverpool’s right-back said.
“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.”
A special night at Anfield 🙌🔴 https://t.co/XihQffauIm— LFC (Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆)) 4th Feb 22:23
Liverpool 1-0 Shrewsbury Town
A youthful Reds side overcomes the League One visitors at Anfield thanks to Ro-Shaun Williams’ 75th-minute own goal.
Shrewsbury had a goal disallowed shortly before the opener, but Neil Critchley’s team - the youngest in the club’s history in terms of average age - were good value for their win.
Liverpool will travel to Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Dixon-Bonner replaces Elliott.
Brilliant goalkeeping by Kelleher, who leaps high to catch a cross from the right.
Boyes replaces Clarkson for the final few minutes.
We're into four minutes of added time.
Superb defending by Hoever, who clears Laurent's low cross from the right out for a corner.
Williams then clears the set-piece and Liverpool could add a second on the break, but Elliott over-hits his pass to Hardy, who would have been clean through.
Subs for both teams as Hardy comes on for Millar for Liverpool and Walker replaces Whalley for Shrewsbury.
Chance for Shrewsbury, but Laurent shanks his half-volley over the bar from inside the box.
Ro-Shaun Williams scores an own goal and Liverpool lead!
The Shrewsbury centre-back heads Neco Williams' searching cross from deep, which was heading for Harvey Elliott, over Max O'Leary and into the Kop-end net.
A second sub for the visitors: Cummings is on for Goss.
Jones misses his kick as he tries to volley in Chirivella's up-and-under ball, and the skipper then sees a shot deflect up and over the bar.
Lewis puts in another fine cross that finds Elliott at the back post, but the No.67 can't adjust his body in time to get a meaningful attempt away.
Udoh works an angle for a shot in the area but sends his effort wide.
Love goes into the book for a late challenge on Lewis.
Shrewsbury have a goal disallowed for offside.
Kelleher did well to save Edwards' snap-shot, but Whalley was there to nod in the rebound.
However, a VAR check confirms the forward was offside and it remains 0-0.
Shrewsbury make a change, with Udoh replacing Lang.
Williams strikes over the bar from 20 yards as the Reds continue pushing for the opening goal.
Lovely football from Liverpool ends with Elliott feeding Williams, but the right-back's low shot is saved by O'Leary's outstretched leg.
Critchley's team have started this second half really well.
Cain makes an important intervention to block a Shrewsbury shot from range, before the Reds surge up the other end of the pitch and Jones tests O'Leary from distance.
Williams sends a half-volley just over the bar from a Liverpool corner.
Shrewsbury get us restarted.
The Reds are shooting towards the Kop in the second half.
The story of the first half in stats...
Liverpool 0-0 Shrewsbury Town
It’s all square at the break at Anfield, but the youngest team in Liverpool’s history were on top for much of that first half.
Neco Williams went closest to opening the scoring with a powerful low drive after he’d played a neat one-two with Harvey Elliott.
All to play for in the second period of this FA Cup fourth-round replay.
Three minutes have been added on at the end of the first half.
Clarkson drills in an excellent volleyed cross that Williams gets on the end of, but the full-back's shot is blocked.
Williams is then booked as he caught the Shrewsbury defender as he tried to retrieve the ball.
Lovely link-up between Williams and Elliott frees the former to drive at goal, and his low shot goes narrowly wide.
Brilliant play by Lewis, who buys himself space and whips in a cross that Shrewsbury just about manage to clear.
The left-back then collects the ball outside the area and attempts a low drive on goal, which goes wide.
Brilliant skill from Jones, who nutmegs Williams and is brought down by a flailing arm from the defender.
The captain needed treatment, but is back on his feet and ready to continue.
Jones is barged to the ground around 25 yards from goal and the Reds have a free-kick in a dangerous spot.
However, the skipper's effort is straight at O'Leary, who gathers comfortably.
Twenty minutes in and there hasn't been a shot on goal of note from either side as yet.
Liverpool have dominated possession, though, and look the more likely to break the deadlock at present.
Assured defending by Van den Berg, who matches Whalley for speed and then calmly nods the ball back to Kelleher.
The Reds are poppping the ball around with great confidence in the early stages, but haven't managed to work Shrewsbury 'keeper Max O'Leary as yet.
Liverpool have made a bright start here and Millar dispossesses Pierre before bursting to the byline, but then mis-hits his cross.
The Reds, attacking the Anfield Road end, get us under way.
The teams emerge from the tunnel...
The teams have just been read out and the atmosphere is building nicely here at a chilly Anfield.
Kick-off is just a few minutes away now.
For safety reasons, tonight's match will now kick off at 8pm GMT not 7.45pm with fans having been delayed due to an accident on the M62.
Wondering what squad numbers the Reds will be wearing tonight?
Well, wonder no more...
62 - Caoimhin Kelleher
46 - Adam Lewis
48 - Curtis Jones
49 - Liam Millar
51 - Ki-Jana Hoever
67 - Harvey Elliott
68 - Pedro Chirivella
72 - Sepp van den Berg
76 - Neco Williams
80 - Jake Cain
84 - Leighton Clarkson
78 - Vitezslav Jaros
53 - Joe Hardy
56 - Tony Gallacher
69 - Elijah Dixon-Bonner
77 - Morgan Boyes
81 - Jack Bearne
93 - James Norris
Behind closed doors...
19y 102d - With an average age of 19 years and 102 days, Liverpool have tonight named their youngest ever starting… https://t.co/cnMh5DTU6x— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 4th Feb 18:46
Curtis Jones wears the captain’s armband for Liverpool in tonight’s FA Cup fourth-round replay.
There are senior competitive debuts for Adam Lewis, Jake Cain and Liam Millar against Shrewsbury – and Leighton Clarkson makes his first start.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Williams, Hoever, Van den Berg, Lewis, Chirivella, Clarkson, Cain, Elliott, Jones, Millar.
Substitutes: Jaros, Hardy, Gallacher, Dixon-Bonner, Boyes, Bearne, Norris.
The two previous domestic cup ties at Anfield this season were eventful.
Relive the best of the Carabao Cup thriller with Arsenal and the dramatic FA Cup win over Everton below...
#FACup action under the Anfield lights! ✨✨ Join us LIVE pitchside for tonight's build-up... #LFC | #EmiratesFACup https://t.co/Q69SZ8ygcO— LFC (Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆)) 4th Feb 17:53
'Dream come true'
Caoimhin Kelleher could make his fourth first-team appearance this evening – and the goalkeeper speaks about the prospect in tonight's matchday programme.
"It's incredible to play for the first team and it's what I dreamed of when I came over – going through the Academy and up to the first team. It's what you're working towards the whole time," he says.
"I've been progressing every season, which is what I want to do, so I just need to keep going forward now. Every experience has been good, especially when you get to play in big stadiums. It gives you a taste for it. So to get these opportunities has been a dream come true.
"I've been made up with the chances I've had this season and hopefully long may it continue."
"We'll have a young team out but there will be some experience of playing in this type of scenario or game before," the U23s boss told us in the build-up to the tie.
"So hopefully they can help some of the other younger players who have not had that experience, or not as much experience, and I'm sure they'll do that in the way they play.
"We talk about bravery and courage, that can be done in so many different ways and I'm really intrigued by the game and looking forward to seeing how they do. I hope the supporters will be too."
Did you know?
Curtis Jones will match a scoring streak last achieved for Liverpool by Luis Suarez if he nets tonight.
The Scouser, who was on target in each of the previous two FA Cup games this season, would be the first Red since Suarez in 2012 to strike in three successive ties in the competition.
Full house tonight at Anfield - show them what you can do, lads 💪🏻🔴 #FACup #YNWA https://t.co/4sXRBpU9e9— JamesMilner (James Milner) 4th Feb 16:00
Take a behind-the-scenes look at our last outing at Anfield in the insightful video down below...
TV channels and live coverage details
The tie will not be shown live on television in the UK, but extended highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from 12pm on Wednesday.
Tonight's rules and officials
Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistants: Adrian Holmes and Nick Greenhalgh
Fourth official: Tony Harrington
VAR: Lee Mason
Assitant VAR: Nick Hopton
If scores are level after 90 minutes, extra-time will be played and then potentially a penalty shootout. Teams are permitted to use one additional substitute in extra-time.
Larouci fitness update
Liverpool will make a check on the fitness of Yasser Larouci in order to determine if he'll be fit to feature tonight.
The French left-back sustained an injury while representing the Reds' U23s last week.
“Yasser obviously came off last week. We have today’s training session and tomorrow, so we’ll have a meeting before training today to find out the latest with Yasser," Critchley told journalists on Monday. "That was unfortunate.
“Hopefully he makes it. If he doesn’t, that’ll provide opportunity for one or two others – we’re quite well blessed in that area this season. Other than Yasser, that’s it.”
Critchley also reported he had no other fitness concerns ahead of the clash.
A reminder that the winner of tonight's match will travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the fifth round of the competition.
Tonight's other FA Cup fourth-round replays...
- Birmingham City v Coventry City
- Cardiff City v Reading
- Derby County v Northampton Town
- Oxford United v Newcastle United
Ki-Jana Hoever interview
Tonight's clash represents another opportunity for Hoever and his young teammates to make memories to last a lifetime.
It's a fixture in a competition that has a special place in the Dutch defender's heart, having made his senior debut in last season's tie at Wolverhampton Wanderers aged just 16 years and 354 days.
He has racked up two more first-team outings since then, and sat down with us to preview the Shrewsbury encounter.
“Everyone is really excited about it,” the 18-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com. “That we can play at home at Anfield with all the crowd and the fans. That we can show what we can do as a team, do the club proud and win the game.
“We just need to focus on our game and play the best game we can play.
“Shrewsbury gave everything the whole game [in the first meeting] and still believed when they were 2-0 down. That’s good for us to know.
“It’s just a great opportunity for us to play at Anfield. Everyone in the squad wants to win the game. We just need to focus and work hard and then we’ll do our best and hope it’s enough to win the game.”
Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts can't wait for his players to take to the field at Anfield with the backing of a sold-out away end.
“We want to create memories and moments like this. It will be an occasion, like the first game was, that everyone involved will remember for the rest of their lives," he said.
“This is our seventh game in the competition this year. We have earned this replay, we have come through some tough games to get to this point. We want to enjoy this moment by doing the right things.
“With this group of players, we are still very young in terms of coming together. When we are on it and when we do what we are good at – we can win any game that we go into.
“Our consistency of being able to be right at it every game isn’t quite there yet. This will be a game that the players will certainly be ready for."
Back at Anfield tomorrow to put it right 👊🏼 #facup https://t.co/SuIGnwmG3x— necowilliams01 (Neco Williams) 3rd Feb 20:43
The last meeting
Relive the highlights from the 2-2 draw at New Meadow last month in the video below...
Tickets sold out
Tickets are sold out for tonight's game and supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel to Anfield.
Season ticket holders are reminded that if you have purchased a different seat to the one used for Premier League home games, your season ticket card will be activated for access into the stadium and you will not be issued with a barcoded paper ticket. Click here for a full list of FAQs.
Enrolled into the Auto Cup Scheme?
Before travelling to the game, supporters enrolled into the Auto Cup Scheme are strongly advised to check that they have a seat processed for this match. You can do this by logging into My Account and selecting the ‘Check Your Purchase History’ option.
Did you know?
Liverpool have already used 40 players this season – a new club record (one more than 2015-16).
Critchley took questions from journalists at Melwood yesterday to preview the cup tie. You can watch what he had to say in the video below...
🔴 MATCHDAY 🔴 Back in #EmiratesFACup action against @shrewsweb tonight 👊 https://t.co/lDB1KGqnG3— LFC (Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆)) 4th Feb 07:43
Back at Anfield
It's matchday again as Neil Critchley will lead a youthful Liverpool side to take on Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup fourth-round replay at Anfield this evening.
Stay with us right here for the best of the build-up, action and reaction from L4.