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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
Subs: Kelleher, Hoever, Alexander-Arnold, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino⭐ Enjoying our independent Liverpool FC content? Support what we do, get an advert-free experience and enter exclusive competitions with This Is Anfield Premium. Try free for 30 days.
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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.
Premier League leaders Liverpool shift focus to the FA Cup on Sunday as they travel to League One Shrewsbury Town for a fourth-round clash at New Meadow.
The Shrews have beaten League Two's Bradford City and Mansfield Town, plus Championship side Bristol City, to get this far in the competition.
Now Sam Ricketts' team host world and European champions Liverpool, so, what can we expect from the hosts on Sunday?
We asked the Express & Star and Shropshire Star Shrewsbury Town reporter Lewis Cox (@LewisCox_star) to give us the lowdown...
This will be Shrewsbury Town's sixth game in the FA Cup this season - tell us about the run so far...
Yes, but they are no strangers to busy cup runs having also reached this fourth-round stage last season on the back of multiple replays. They saw off League Two Bradford 1-0 in round one after a replay at Valley Parade before a 2-0 home victory over another League Two side, Mansfield, in round two.
Championship Bristol City were held at Ashton Gate in the third round before a stunning late Aaron Pierre winner set up this mouth-watering clash against Liverpool.
Do Shrewsbury have a history of giant-killing in the FA Cup?
The 2-1 win over Everton is certainly one of the big memories. Nigel Jemson's double that day earned his legendary status with Shrews and is fondly recalled to this day, even though it was some 17 years ago as David Moyes returned to his former side.
Last season they knocked out Championship Stoke to face Wolves in round four. In recent times against the very big guns they have fallen just short.
Back in the early 1980s Shrewsbury were a real force to be reckoned with in the competition and, in 1982-83, saw off UEFA Cup holders Ipswich Town to reach the fourth round.
What is the team's league form like heading into this tie?
They are in an OK place. The league form looked like picking up before Christmas after they came out of an immensely difficult run of games but a couple of disappointing results just after Christmas put them a little on the back foot.
It's no win in five in the league - either side of that brilliant Bristol City win - though the last league outing was an impressive point at a good Fleetwood outfit.
Tell us about manager Sam Ricketts...
The former Wales international defender, who made more than 500 career appearances, is still new into management with barely 18 months under his belt but has made a good fist of life in the hotseat so far.
He left Wrexham after just a few months to take the Shrews job and has been very keen to stress that it is a long-term project.
Ricketts and Shrews confirmed their place in League One by avoiding relegation last season, though it did get hairy towards the end of the campaign, and are looking at improvement this term. They sit 16th but League One is extremely tightly bunched. They still think the play-offs are realistic.
How does he like his team to play?
It is no secret that Ricketts' side are built from the solid foundation that is their very strong defence. Ricketts, a former defender, sought to make his side more solid last summer and did just that. They play with three centre-halves and two defensive-minded wing-backs.
There has been a lack of goals, which supporters are keen to see put right, but being as solid as they are gives them a chance in most games.
Who is the star of the team?
Defender Aaron Pierre, hero of the last round, has been a revelation since arriving from Northampton last summer. The left-sided centre-back has a bit of everything, including a rocket shot from distance.
What is the team's biggest strength?
Definitely the way they frustrate opponents with men behind the ball and defend in numbers.
What kind of reception can the Reds expect at New Meadow?
It will be raucous at New Meadow. Perhaps not at the volume level Anfield can reach but the tight ground will be booming before kick-off. Fans are looking forward to welcoming the European champions.
How do you expect Shrewsbury to line up against Liverpool?
I suspect they will use the usual 3-5-2 - though the likelihood in this game is that it becomes 5-3-2: O'Leary; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre; Love, Laurent, Goss, Edwards, Golbourne; Whalley, Lang.
What's your score prediction?
I've got a sneaky feeling about a 1-1 with Evertonian Callum Lang scoring to set up an Anfield replay.
Liverpool have faced Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup once before, running out 4-0 winners at Gay Meadow back in February 1996.
Reds boss Roy Evans named a strong team for the fourth-round clash, but can you recall who he selected in his starting XI?
Robbie Fowler and Jason McAteer added the third and fourth goals after Shrews defender Dave Walton had put through his own net, but who was the No.8 who opened the scoring that day?
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Pedro Chirivella is certain Liverpool will be ready to handle the 'tricky' nature of Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round clash with Shrewsbury Town.
A sold-out New Meadow awaits the Reds this evening as they aim to reach the fifth round of the competition for the first time under Jürgen Klopp by overcoming the League One side on their own patch.
Having starred in midfield as Liverpool eliminated neighbours Everton in the previous round, and with the manager intending to call on ‘fresh legs’ in Shropshire, Chirivella hopes to make his 10th senior appearance today.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com ahead of the tie, the Spaniard outlined why the Reds have to be mentally prepared for a challenge from Shrewsbury.
“I think it’s the biggest game of the season for them or even of their lives,” said Chirivella. “Liverpool coming to Shrewsbury to play, it will be a full stadium. We have to be ready for a hard game and I think we’ll be ready for that.
“It will be a tricky one. I think we have to approach it the same way we always do – try to win and play good football. I think we’re going to be ready for that.”
A much-changed Liverpool XI featuring two debutants, and a third as an early substitute, earned a memorable 1-0 result over Everton in the third round.
The hosts weathered initial pressure from the Blues at Anfield to gain a confident foothold in the game that they translated into a stunning second-half winner from Curtis Jones.
“I saw a sensationally good performance of a not-very-experienced team,” said Klopp after that match and Chirivella believes the display was a perfect exhibition of the hunger those players felt on the day.
“I think we showed that. We were ready,” said the 22-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Valencia back in the summer of 2013.
“In the day before the game in training we showed that we were capable of playing a big performance. After the game everyone was really happy, really proud of how we performed. It was very, very good.
“It was a relief for me, personally. I thought I played a good game and finally people could see why I’m a part of Liverpool Football Club.
“Hopefully I can build up from here, in 20 or 25 years’ time I don’t want to think what could have happened. Hopefully this is the start.”
Chirivella had previously been part of the Reds team that contested the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa in mid-December.
With the first-team squad in Qatar to clinch the FIFA Club World Cup that week, U23s boss Neil Critchley oversaw a valiant 5-0 defeat for the youngest starting XI in Liverpool history.
Not only was the game Chirivella’s first start for the club in more than three-and-a-half years, the midfielder was also named captain for the night.
“I kept the shirt and I gave it to my parents,” he revealed. “I think they’ve framed it in my room back home in Spain. I’m looking forward to seeing it.
“I got told in the meeting before the game that I was going to be captain. It was such a proud moment for me, even though it was under strange circumstances.
“But it’s something I can say for the rest of my life and I’m sure my family are very happy for that. I’d be even more happy if we had won the game.
“We knew, from maybe November, that the Villa game was going to be played on the same day or the day before the first team played Monterrey. So I knew it was going to be a chance for the younger players to come in and play well.
“I think we made the club proud. In the first half we were as good as them, only they scored a few goals. It was a happy day for me at the end, even though we didn’t get the result.”
Liverpool FC Women take to the FA Women's Cup trail on Sunday when they go head-to-head with Blackburn Rovers Ladies in a fourth-round clash at Bamber Bridge FC on Sunday, with kick-off set for 1pm GMT.
The official matchday programme is a great souvenir for the occasion and is packed full of great content.
Inside we hear from recent arrival and cover star Rachel Furness, whose goal gave the Reds a vital 1-0 win at Bristol City last weekend.
Manager Vicky Jepson offers her thoughts in her regular column while captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland also looks ahead to the clash in her skipper's notes.
There is the lowdown on our visitors from the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, a round-up of recent matches, the latest news including the signing of goalkeeper Rylee Foster, plus all the facts and stats to keep you in the know.
So make sure you pick up your copy of the official matchday programme at Blackburn, priced £3.