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Match Preview | Liverpool

8 January 2022

Shrewsbury Town take a break from Sky Bet League One action this weekend as they travel to Merseyside to face European and Premier League giants Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

Over 5000 fans will be making the trip up to Anfield to back Salop as they look to cause a huge upset and reach the fourth round of the prestigious trophy for the first time since 2019-20 – where they last faced Sunday’s opponents. Salop famously came from 2-0 down at Montgomery Waters Meadow in that tie to draw 2-2 against Jürgen Klopp’s men, taking them to a replay at Anfield where they lost 1-0.

It’s an occasion that doesn’t come around very often and it’s one for everyone involved at Shrewsbury to enjoy. Sunday’s game will be Salop’s 331st FA Cup fixture and their 200th as a league club.

League form has been good as of late for Salop, having lost only two of their past nine games in all competitions and they’ve picked up ten points from their last four league games. On their way to the third round of the FA Cup, they overcame non-league Stratford Town (5-1) and League Two side Carlisle United (2-1).

Whilst Liverpool are one of the most dangerous sides currently in world football, they have struggled recently. They are currently third in the Premier League table but have won only once in their past four league games, beating Newcastle United 3-1. The club has also been hit with a recent Covid-19 outbreak, with several first-team players and staff testing positive – including first-team coach Jürgen Klopp – which had forced the closure of the club’s training ground and saw both the first team’s Carabao Cup tie with Arsenal and the under-18’s FA Youth Cup match postponed earlier this week. The training ground reopened on Friday, but several players are still a doubt for Sunday’s game.

Whilst Klopp has been known to rotate his squad heavily in cup competitions during his time with the reds, he will certainly be without two of his key players in Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane, who travelled to their respective nations this week ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

Regardless of the team Liverpool put out on Sunday, it will be a great test for Cotterill’s side who must go out on that pitch, enjoy the occasion but, most importantly, they must try and cause a serious upset.

Name: Liverpool Football Club

Founded: 1892 (129 years ago)

Chairman: Tom Werner

Biggest Win: 11-0 vs Strømsgodset, European Cup Winners Cup, September 1974

Biggest Defeat: 1-9 vs Birmingham City, Second Division, December 1954

Highest League Position: 1st, First Division/Premier League: 1900–01, 1905–06, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1946–47, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 2019–20

One to Watch: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

While it is very difficult to predict who Liverpool might field, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of the more likely players to feature during Sunday’s game. The experienced Premier League midfielder is on the fringes of Liverpool’s starting eleven, often finding himself on the bench and starting from time to time. Throughout his long career, he has made 223 appearances in England’s top flight, dating back to his Arsenal debut in the 2011/12 season. He’s made 35 appearances for England’s national team, scoring seven goals in his international career. This season, the 28-year-old has made 23 appearances across all competitions, bagging one goal and one assist in the Carabao Cup and one assist in the Premier League.

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Match Reports

Match Report | Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury

9 January 2022

Salop exit the Emirates FA Cup at the third round stage despite a spirited and resolute performance at Anfield against Liverpool.

The opening 20 minutes displayed a predictable balance of play with the host's boasting 88% possession but only carving two clear chances in this period of play. The first fell to Ibrahima Konate who could only put his free header well over the bar from six yards. The second forced Marko Marosi into action as Kaide Gordon took aim from the edge of the box, sending a low shot straight for the bottom corner which was palmed wide by Salop's Slovakian shot-stopper.

Shrewsbury's first chance came through Nat Ogbeta who dribbled past Conor Bradley - the Liverpool right-back - and sent a cross right across the face of goal that was begging for a touch but received none and Andrew Robertson collected the ball on the other side of the pitch.

Their second chance came seconds later and it came about in exactly the same fashion. Ethan Ebanks-Landell spread the ball over to Ogbeta with a pinpoint 60-yard pass and Ogbeta drove past Bradley and drilled in an identical cross which did receive that crucial touch. Dan Udoh was the man who stole in front of Konate at the near post and stabbed home in the 27th minute to send the travelling Salop faithful into pandemonium.

Town looked on top for a few minutes but it wasn't long before Liverpool secured their equaliser. Seven minutes later, Kaide Gordon collected the ball inside the Salop penalty area and, surrounded by defenders, managed to find Mariosi's bottom right-hand corner at the second attempt.

In a crazy end to the first half, Shrewsbury looked like they might've retaken the lead when Ryan Bowman found himself on the end of another cross but it was ruled out for offside.

Liverpool regained control of the match in the 44th minute when Fabinho fired a penalty into that same bottom corner Gordon had found moments earlier. Ebanks-Landell - marking Virgil van Dijk - committed a handball which diverted the ball away from the Dutch defender's head.

The hosts should've had a third in the opening minutes of the second half when Elijah Dixon-Bonner was denied by a fantastic save from Marosi who made himself big to block the effort from 12 yards.

The next half an hour saw the game slow as Salop sat back and Liverpool passed the ball around in the attacking third. It was a period of few chances but Shrewsbury won't have been complaining about that as they stuck to their rigid shape and remained hard to break down.

This was the case until spirited battling from Bradley got the young right-back to the byline where he cut the ball across the six-yard box to Konate. Vela nicked the ball off his toes but the ball then fell to Roberto Firmino who took one touch before backheeling the ball home.

Fabinho smashed home a fourth with the last kick of the game to secure Salop's fate as, despite taking the lead and showing their best selves, they ultimately came unstuck against the European giants and exited the Emirates FA Cup.

The Teams:

Salop: Marko Marosi, Luke Leahy (Charlie Caton, 90), Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Matthew Pennington, Josh Vela, Daniel Udoh (Saikou Janneh, 83), Ryan Bowman (Tom Bloxham, 83), Nathanael Ogbeta (Aaron Pierre, 83), David Davies, Elliott Bennett, (Joshua Daniels, 88), George Nurse

Subs not used: Harry Burgoyne, Sam Cosgrove, Rekeil Pyke, Kade Craig,

Liverpool: Caoimhin Kelleher, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Andrew Robertson (Kostas Tsimikas, 90), Elijah Dixon-Bonner (Roberto Firmino, 64), Kaide Gordon (Melkamu Frauendorf, 80), Tyler Morton (James Norris, 90), Max Woltman (Takumi Minamino, 46), Conor Bradley

Subs not used: Adrian, Joel Matip, Isaac Mabaya, James Balagizi

Officials:

Referee: David Coote

Assistant Referees: Nick Hopton and Shaun Hudson

Fourth Official: Geoff Eltringham

Bookings:

Matthew Pennington picked up the first yellow card of the game in the 13th minute for pulling Curtis Jones' shirt.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell also went in David Coote's book for a foul in the 88th minute.

Josh Daniels was the next man to be carded after fouling Andrew Robertson in the 89th minute.

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Ticket News

Futher update on Liverpool tickets

6 January 2022

All tickets - except for a handful of restricted view tickets - have sold out for Salop's Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield.

Shrewsbury Town has sold the majority of its 5,672-strong ticket allocation for Sunday's (9th January) game away at Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup - only a handful of restricted view tickets are left.

Should fans still wish to obtain a ticket without a restricted view, they are encouraged to contact the ticket office via the contact details below so they can be put on a waiting list should there be any cancellations or dropouts and tickets become available.

The club would also like to remind fans that Liverpool doesn't have an away ticket office, so all Salopians must collect their tickets from the STFC Ticket Office at Montgomery Waters Meadow by 14:00 on Saturday 8th January.

Ticket Office – 01743 273943

Email – tickets@shrewsburytown.co.uk

Online - https://www.shrewsburytown.com/tickets/buy-online/

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