Liverpool relinquished a two-goal advantage against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup fourth round, enforcing a replay at Anfield in early February.
* Video via BBC Sport; geographic restrictions apply.Shrewsbury 2-2 Liverpool
FA Cup Fourth Round, New Meadow
January 26, 2020
Goals: Cummings (pen) 65’, 75’; Jones 15’, Love OG 46’
The Reds, as expected, dominated possession for much of the game and required a patient approach to breakdown a well-disciplined Shrewsbury outfit.
And while the hosts had looked to catch Liverpool on the counter, it was Pedro Chirivella and Curtis Jones who combined brilliantly to hand the Reds a lead as the latter added to his tally with an ice-cold finish.
Further clear cut chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half with Adrian facing more action than his opposite number, where Liverpool’s senior figures returning from injury predictably needed time to find their feet.
A bizarre opening to the second half saw the Reds double their lead after Donald Love, former Man United academy player, turned the ball into his own net after less than 30 seconds under no pressure at the back post.
But it was all Shrewsbury from that point on as Jason Cummings scored twice in ten minutes late in the piece, first after Yasser Larouci conceded a penalty, with the foul actually coming outside of the box, before adding the second after taking advantage of sloppy defending.
Liverpool or Shrewsbury Town will discover their next opponents in the FA Cup when the fifth-round draw takes place on Monday night.
Progression into the next stage of the competition will be determined by a replay at Anfield following Sunday's 2-2 draw at New Meadow.
Here’s everything you need to know about the fifth-round draw…
When does the draw take place?
The draw is scheduled to get under way at 7.19pm GMT on Monday, ahead of the final fourth-round tie, between Bournemouth and Arsenal.
How can I tune in?
You can watch the draw live on The Emirates FA Cup Twitter account.
Fans in the UK can also watch on BBC One.
Which number should I look out for?
Liverpool and Shrewsbury are ball number 16 in the draw.
When will the fifth-round ties be played?
Fifth-round matches will be played in the week commencing Monday March 2.
How will the ties be decided?
There will be no replays in the fifth round, with matches level after 90 minutes going to extra-time and penalties, as required, on the night.
Fabinho made his first start since November, while Matip and Lovren made their first appearances since October and early December respectively, as the Reds were held at New Meadow.
All three were noticeably off pace as the Reds allowed a two-goal lead to slip and finish at 2-2, with Matip substituted on 79 minutes as Klopp sought a winner.
Speaking to LFCTV after the draw, Klopp admitted the trio needed to “find the rhythm back,” and took an optimistic view of their performance.
“Obviously they needed the game, or maybe one more, to find the rhythm back,” he explained.
“That’s how it is, we all know how good these boys are.
“Thank god the game today is not our only impression of them, that would not be too cool so long after long injuries.
“That’s our situation, the boys came back and we have to use them, we want to use them, and so today we gave them the opportunity.
“Now they have 95 minutes more in their legs, and that hopefully helps.”
Klopp described New Meadow as a “tough place to go” before the game, and it proved just that as Liverpool failed to deal with the physicality and energy of Sam Ricketts’ side.
Continuing his assessment of the game, Klopp praised Shrewsbury for their efforts, and also noted how the pitch caused the Reds problems.
“Well-deserved Shrewsbury, that was the minimum they deserved today,” he conceded.
“Of course, we could have, should have played better, scored more goals, all these kind of things.
“But if we are completely honest in the first half they already had two or three counter-attacks, where we lost the ball, didn’t control the ball.
“[It was] a difficult pitch, obviously, we needed 95 minutes to get used to it. That’s not how it should be.
“Then we get that gift directly after half-time where they scored our 2-0 by themselves, but it didn’t look like it, we felt from outside that we were 2-1 down more than 2-0 up.
“We didn’t control the game, we caused ourselves problems with our buildup, pass from left to right.
“That’s the situation, if you don’t get used to the pitch you have to use it, and that means you have to play a long buildup.
“That’s not a massive problem…[but] well-deserved Shrewsbury, congratulations.”
Klopp has already revealed he does not intend to manage the replay at Anfield on February 5/6, with Neil Critchley instead leading a youth side as the first team are given a week off.
Jürgen Klopp offered his congratulations to Shrewsbury Town after they fought back from two goals down to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, acknowledging his side were far from their best.
The Reds made 11 changes for the tie at New Meadow, but went into the lead after 15 minutes when Curtis Jones applied the finishing touch to Pedro Chirivella’s threaded pass.
An own-goal from Donald Love doubled the visitors’ advantage inside the opening minute of the second half; however, Shrewsbury staged a dramatic fightback as substitute Jason Cummings struck twice – once from the penalty spot – to force an Anfield replay.
Read on for a summary of what Klopp told reporters in his post-match press conference…
On the result and Liverpool’s performance…
First and foremost, I have to say congratulations to Shrewsbury because it was well deserved. It was the minimum of what they deserved with the chances they had. Why they had the chances is because we lost the ball in the wrong moments and we played a few difficult passes which were difficult to control. We never got used to the pitch 100 per cent today. In the game, we scored a wonderful goal for 1-0 – really good football, a really nice goal – and then we got the present when they scored our second goal after half-time. But it didn’t calm the game down or whatever, we conceded the penalty after losing the ball, a counter-attack and then it’s a penalty. The second goal, we lose two challenges in a row and they finished the situation off brilliantly. That’s it.
On the game being a typical FA Cup tie…
It’s a cup game and that’s how it should be. It’s absolutely right. We had to do better, but Shrewsbury did really well and that’s what I can say. It’s exactly like it is. The atmosphere over the 95 minutes was really good, but we brought Shrewsbury up and the crowd up with the way we played and that’s what we have to admit. For us, not a wonderful football game.
On the replay falling during the club’s Premier League winter break…
Look, our situation is the following: we have known that for a couple of weeks it is like this. Actually, we knew it a bit longer because it was always clear when we came through into the next round it would be like this. In April 2019, we got a letter from the Premier League where they asked us to respect the winter break, not to organise international friendlies and not to organise competitive games in respect of it. I have said to the boys already, two weeks ago, that we will have a winter break, so it means we will not be there – it will be the kids who play that game because they cannot deal with us like nobody cares about it. I know it is not very popular, but that’s the way I see it and, how I said, the Premier League asked us to respect the winter break and that’s what we do it. If then the FA do not respect it then we cannot change. But we will not be there.
On whether Neil Critchley will manage the team in the replay…
On the importance of his first-team squad getting a rest during the upcoming winter break…
It’s a winter break and maybe I could find the letter [from the Premier League]: it’s exactly like that, we have to respect it, to respect the players’ welfare and they need a rest – mental rest, physical rest. That’s what the winter break is about and then another competition tells us it’s not that important, so we had to make these decisions before because the boys have family and the international players like Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, all these guys they have never [time] off so this is the week. I said in the moment it was clear there would be a winter break months ago, before I knew the FA Cup could come in between, then we would respect it and we do.
On how long the first-team squad will be ‘off’...
One week. They don’t have it ‘off’, they train but for themselves. They have running programmes, they have fitness programmes, that’s all they do. They never have ‘off’ time [but] they don’t come to Melwood and they don’t play football.
Liverpool will host Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup fourth-round replay following Sunday’s 2-2 draw at New Meadow.
Curtis Jones’ second goal in as many games in the competition this season – a cool 15th-minute finish – and an own goal by Donald Love early in the second half looked to have won the fourth-round tie for the Reds.
However, League One side Shrewsbury battled back and earned a trip to Anfield courtesy of a quick-fire double by substitute Jason Cummings, the first of which came from the penalty spot.
Fabinho, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren – who captained the Reds – all started for the first time in 2020 following their respective injuries as Jürgen Klopp made 11 changes to his line-up.
Naby Keita was named on the bench, alongside Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool controlled the early stages, bossing possession as Shrewsbury sat in deep with plenty of men behind the ball.
A swift shift through the gears by the visitors afforded Divock Origi an early sight of goal, the forward collecting Takumi Minamino’s sharp pass and shooting narrowly wide from 20 yards.
An inviting, whipped cross by Neco Williams then narrowly evaded Minamino at the near post, before Jones opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour gone.
Pedro Chirivella picked out Jones’ purposeful run from deep with a fine through-ball, and the teenager did the rest, calmly slotting in his second FA Cup goal of the campaign low beyond Max O’Leary.
While the pattern of Liverpool’s territorial dominance continued, the next clear-cut opportunity fell to Shrewsbury midway through the half when Adrian bested Shaun Whalley in a one-on-one after the ball had been turned over in the centre circle.
Minamino and Whalley then each spurned presentable chances - the former shooting over from inside the area and the latter dragging wide - to ensure it remained 1-0 at the interval.
Liverpool’s first foray forward following the restart resulted in their lead being doubled as Williams’ delivery from the right was turned into his own net by Love.
But Shrewsbury responded well to that setback and only another excellent Adrian save from Whalley, this time low down to his right after the forward had got in behind the defence, preserved the Reds’ two-goal advantage.
Josh Laurent fizzed a low effort narrowly wide on the hour but the hosts’ best spell of the game would soon bring the reward of a goal from the spot.
Laurent was felled by Yasser Larouci, and Cummings stepped up to dispatch the penalty.
And, almost immediately after Origi had seen a long-range blast saved by O’Leary, Shrewsbury drew level as Cummings won the ball back on the edge of Liverpool’s area and slid a low shot past Adrian.
Having introduced Oxlade-Chamberlain from the bench prior to the equaliser, Klopp quickly turned to Salah after it.
Firmino was next to be summoned as the Reds sought a late winner, and the No.9 saw an attempt from a tight angle saved in the 89th minute before his cross was glanced wide by Salah in stoppage time, but Shrewsbury stood firm to secure a replay.
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Substitute Jason Cummings was the two-goal hero as Shrewsbury produced a stunning comeback to draw 2-2 with Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round.
Curtis Jones' early finish followed by Donald Love's own goal in the opening seconds of the second half had look to seal it for the Premier League leaders before the drama unfolded.
Josh Laurent won a penalty midway through the second half that Cummings converted and the forward then raced through to earn a replay for the League One side.
Jurgen Klopp turned to Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in search of a winner but Shrewsbury were good value and pushed hard for a third of their own in a thrilling cup tie.Player ratings
Shrewsbury: O'Leary (8), Williams (7), Ebanks-Landell (7), Pierre (7), Love (6), Laurent (8), Goss (7), Norburn (6), Golbourne (6), Whalley (6), Lang (7).
Subs: Edwards (6), Cummings (8), Udoh (6)
Liverpool: Adrian (8), Williams (6), Matip (5), Lovren (5), Larouci (6), Fabinho (5), Chirivella (7), Jones (7), Minamino (7), Elliott (6), Origi (6).
Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Salah (6), Firmino (6)
Man of the Match: Jason CummingsHow the thriller unfolded
It was a much changed team from Klopp, as expected, but there was no shortage of quality with Joel Matip and Fabinho returning to the starting line-up after injury.
Fabinho looked shaky in the opening 45 minutes but there was plenty of class on show elsewhere - as was obvious in the build-up to the opening goal.
January signing Takumi Minamino held the ball up well before feeding the impressive playmaker Pedro Chirivella and his fine pass put Jones away to score.Curtis Jones wheels away after putting Liverpool ahead at Shrewsbury
This was the second consecutive appearance that Jones has scored in after his wonder strike against Everton in the third round and he looked bright once again.
But just when it seemed that Liverpool might run away with it, Sam Ricketts' Shrewsbury side showed they were a threat on the counter-attack through Sean Whalley and Callum Lang.
Sam Ricketts went with a 3-5-2 formation for Shrewsbury with two Merseyside boys up front in Callum Lang and Sean Whalley, as well as a trio of ex-Manchester United men out there hoping to cause a shock with Ro-Shaun Williams, Donald Love and Sean Goss in the side.
Jurgen Klopp made 11 changes to the team that beat Wolves on Thursday with Joel Matip and Fabinho stepping up following their return from injury. Harvey Elliott, only 16, retained his place from the side that beat Everton in round three. Dejan Lovren took the armband.
It was Whalley who had the best chance after Fabinho was dispossessed but when one-on-one with Adrian it was the goalkeeper who out-thought him with a fine block.
Soon after, Whalley was away again down the left channel but this time he could only scuff his left-footed shot wide of Adrian's far post and the opportunity was lost.
Shrewsbury must have felt like their chance had gone when Love inexplicably stroked the ball beyond his own goalkeeper within seconds of the restart.
But that proved the catalyst for a renewed push from the home side and though Lang saw a shot well saved by Adrian, the goal came midway through the second half.
The superb Laurent raced through and was taken down by Yasser Larouci just outside the box only to see the referee point to the spot.
Cummings slotted that past Adrian with ease and the Montgomery Waters Meadow went wild soon after when the unlikely equaliser arrived.Cummings celebrates scoring a penalty against Liverpool
Max O'Leary saved well from Divock Origi before launching a long ball upfield that saw Cummings get the better of Lovren before finishing expertly.
Salah did come close to heading in the winner but the goal would not come for Klopp's side and Liverpool now face a replay that will eat into their winter break.
For Shrewsbury, the game at Anfield will be rather more welcome.What the managers said
Sam Ricketts: "This is what football is all about, especially for us. The league is our bread and butter but this is what makes it for the supporters and everything around it. It's fantastic. It's what it does for us long-term wise in terms of revenue too."
Jurgen Klopp: "We sent so many invitations to the opponent today that it's difficult to win the game. We don't have enough time to say what wasn't right today. We gave them so many chances and Adrian was given too much to do. They slowed the game down and at 2-0 up it looked like we were 2-1 down. It's difficult to explain but it's the minimum that they deserved from the game today."Opta stats
Shrewsbury are back in League One action against Gillingham on Wednesday and there's no rest for the Premier League leaders either.
Klopp's side travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham in a game that was rearranged because of Liverpool's commitments in the Club World Cup late last year.Win £250,000 on Tuesday!
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A much-changed Liverpool side meet League One’s Shrewsbury in the fourth round of the FA Cup. We’re live to bring you the latest.
Kickoff at New Meadow is 5pm (GMT), the referee is Simon Hooper.
Shrewsbury: O’Leary; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre; Love, Norburn, Goss, Golbourne; Laurent, Whalley, Lang
Subs: Murphy, Edwards, Beckles, Walker, Udoh, Cummings, Hart
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The Reds were dealt a relatively comfortable fixture in the draw for the fourth round, with Shrewsbury sitting 16th in the third tier heading into the weekend.
But Sam Ricketts’ side did overcome Championship outfit Bristol City in the previous round, and have pledged to take a physical approach against the world champions.
And in attack, Takumi Minamino could be the key man as he is flanked by Harvey Elliott and Divock Origi, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino rested and Sadio Mane recovering from a hamstring injury.
Lovren is captain, while Adam Lallana is again missing after a virus ruled him out of Thursday night’s 2-1 win over Wolves.
Shrewsbury: O’Leary; Williams, Golbourne, Pierre; Love, Norburn, Goss, Whalley, Ebanks-Landell; Laurent, Lang,
Substitutes: Murphy, Edwards, Beckles, Walker, Udoh, Cummings, Hart
Substitutes: Kelleher, Hoever, Alexander-Arnold, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino
Liverpool make 11 changes for this afternoon’s FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury Town.
Dejan Lovren – who captains the Reds - Joel Matip and Fabinho all start for the first time in 2020 after recovering from respective injuries, while Naby Keita is named on the substitutes’ bench.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also on the bench.
Liverpool: Adrian, Williams, Matip, Lovren, Larouci, Fabinho, Chirivella, Jones, Minamino, Elliott, Origi.
Subs: Kelleher, Keita, Firmino, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hoever, Alexander-Arnold.
A magnificent four-goal haul from Rinsola Babajide and contributions from Niamh Charles, Niamh Fahey and Kirsty Linnett helped Liverpool FC Women beat Blackburn Rovers 8-1 in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup.
Four goals in each half was enough to see off the Championship side and put Vicky Jepson’s team in the hat for Monday’s fifth-round draw.
The Reds were almost ahead within a couple of minutes after kick-off when Melissa Lawley fed Charles, whose shot was parried away for a corner that Rachel Furness headed wide.
They didn’t have to wait long for the opener, though, as Babajide struck in the 10th minute, turning home a low finish after Charles’ cross had been palmed away by the goalkeeper.
Furness almost added a second when she met a Lawley cross with a firm volley, but the effort dropped just wide.
It was a mistake from the Blackburn goalkeeper which brought the second goal on 16 minutes, as Lauren Perry spilled Jade Bailey’s free-kick and captain Fahey was on hand to turn the ball home.
The two-goal lead lasted barely a minute, however, as the referee adjudged Jemma Purfield to have fouled Rovers’ skipper Saffron Jordan inside the area.
Ellie Stewart fired the penalty low past Anke Preuss, with the keeper guessing right but unable to reach the spot-kick.
Perry saved well from Babajide and then tipped a superb Charles shot from distance over the bar as the Reds looked to restore their two-goal advantage.
A superb team move saw Furness release Charles on the left and when she delivered a cross, Furness was there to meet it but a defender produced a brilliant block.
The pressure was building and a lovely piece of skill brought a third goal for the Reds just after the half-hour mark.
Purfield’s cross from the left was headed down by Furness before Babajide met the knockdown with a perfect volley, which flashed past Perry for her second of the game.
And the lead was three at the half-time break when Lawley, a constant threat on the right, popped a lovely ball across goal for Charles to turn it home from close range at the back post.
The Reds continued to dominate in the second half and Babajide completed her hat-trick just after the hour mark, firing home a low shot from inside the box.
Substitutes Kirsty Linnett, Jess Clarke and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk were then introduced to the tie as the Reds looked to hand minutes to all their outfield players.
Linnett was denied by Perry after connecting with a header from a Clarke cross, while the offside flag denied the Reds a sixth when Sweetman-Kirk pressured a defender into an own goal from Babajide’s dangerous cross.
It was Babajide’s day, though, and she made it 6-1 on 88 minutes, firing home low from the edge of the box.
There was still time for Sweetman-Kirk to hit the post after more good work from Babajide before the seventh goal arrived in the last minute of the 90.
A clever ball from Amy Rodgers released Linnett as she proceeded to finish emphatically beyond Perry.
In injury time, the scoring was completed when Babjide fired a ball across goal and a Blackburn defender turned the ball into her own net.
Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, Hodson, Fahey, Robe, Purfield, Bailey, Rodgers, Babajide, Furness (Linnett, 52), Lawley (Sweetman-Kirk, 69) Charles (Clarke, 62).
Unused substitute: Foster.
Liverpool FC Women emerged resounding victors from their FA Cup fourth round clash with Blackburn, as Rinsola Babajide scored four in an 8-1 win.
Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round, Sir Tom Finney Stadium
January 26, 2020
Goals: Babajide 10′ 33′ 61′ 88′, Fahey 16′, Charles 36′, Linnett 90′, Stewart OG 90+1′; Stewart 17′
Vicky Jepson’s Reds made the trip to Preston as they hosted their fourth-round tie with Women’s Championship side Blackburn, on the back of an improved run of form.
With just one loss in five, and a first league win of the campaign last time out, Liverpool aimed for another big cup victory over the side they beat 6-0 in the League Cup back in November.
Jepson made three changes to her lineup from the 1-0 win at Bristol City the previous weekend, with new signing Rylee Foster named on the substitutes’ bench as Fran Kitching recovers from injury.
Having dominated Blackburn earlier in the campaign, it was a similar story in the FA Cup, with Babajide finding the back of the net within 10 minutes before Niamh Fahey doubled the lead soon after.
Ellie Stewart reduced the deficit from the spot, but Babajide’s volley and Niamh Charles’ composed finish ensured a three-goal lead for the Reds heading into the break.
HT: LFC Women 4-1 Blackburn
Liverpool kept on pushing for more after the interval, and Mel Lawley went close as she linked up with the on-fire Babajide in the final third, only to send her effort wide.
But Babajide clinched her hat-trick on the hour mark, sending the ball beyond Lauren Perry when under pressure to continue a stunning afternoon for the 21-year-old, two years and a day on from her arrival from Watford.
Jepson introduced Courtney Sweetman-Kirk with just over 20 to play as the Reds continued to dominate, and the striker thought she had played her part in a sixth goal as Babajide’s cross was deflected in, only to be ruled out by the offside flag.
Babajide wasn’t done, however, and she made it 6-1 with injury time approaching as she fired hard past Perry from the edge of the area to score her fourth, while Kirsty Linnett soon added a seventh.
An own goal compounded Blackburn’s misery in the final minutes, as Liverpool progress to the fifth round in a tie marked by the interchanging attacking play of Babajide, Charles and Lawley and, early on, the creativity of Rachel Furness.
TIA Woman of the Match: Rinsola Babajide
Liverpool FC Women: Preuss; Robe, Hodson, Fahey, Purfield; Bailey, Rodgers, Furness (Linnett 52′); Lawley (Sweetman-Kirk 69′), Charles (Clarke 62′), Babajide
Subs not used: Foster
Next Match: Birmingham (H) – Women’s Super League – Sunday, Feb 2, 12pm (GMT)
Dejan Lovren is available to Jürgen Klopp again, further bolstering the Reds' defensive options after Joel Matip returned to fitness.
Naby Keita could also be in contention for this tie, with the manager reporting on Friday that the midfielder would be assessed in training.
James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are unlikely to be involved, though. And at the time of his pre-match press conference, Klopp did not have an update on the hamstring injury Sadio Mane sustained at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts has no fresh fitness concerns ahead of the game. The League One side recently brought in former Liverpool Academy defender Sam Hart on loan.