League 1 Side Shrewsbury Town, who currently sit in 16th Posistion in League 1, proved to be a tough nut to crack for Champions League holders Liverpool in their FA Cup 4th round tie, played yesterday at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
Liverpool as is their way in cup competitions this season, decided to field a virtual academy team, with several key first teamers left on the bench.
Jurgen Klopp clearly thought and felt that the team he selected would be able to see off the league 1 side… However, as was shown on the night – Shrewsbury had other ideas.
The Shrews played a 3 5 2 Formation, which is used by several teams throughout the league, because it is very diffcult to play against. Liverpool stuck with their tried and tested 4 3 3 formation, which has left them unbeaten in the Premier League so far.
Liverpool started the first half quite strongly and took a lead through Curtis Jones.
This was the point at which it was thought the flood gates would open and Liverpool would run riot.
Quite the opposite happened, with Shrewsbury sticking to their game plan and forcing Liverpool to go out wide a number of times and not taking the chances they were creating.
Shrewsbury grew in confidence and as the first half went on, they gained a better foothold in the game and finished the stronger team at half time & … just 1 goal down.
HT Shrewsbury 0 Liverpool 1
The second half started and unbelieveably within 60 seconds from a Liverpool cross, the Shrewsbury wingback Donald Love, in trying to clear the ball, put it in the back of his own net.
Shrewsbury 0 Liverpool 2
A stunned silence fell around the ground, but, rather than letting it get them down, Shrewsbury, simply carried on where they had left off in the first half, getting stronger and putting Liverpool on the back foot.
Shrewsbury then decided to make a substitution with Jamie Cumings coming on and very shortly he was into the action, scoring a goal to close the score to 1-2.
With Liverpool getting anxious, they threw on First Salah and then Firmino in an effort to scare Shrewsbury, though it has to be said this failed as both players were in effective as Shrewsbury stuck to the game plan
Cumings then made the score 2-2 and that was how it remained until the end, meaning that they will go to Anfield for the replay and full of belief that they can win the tie.
That fact will be made easier, because the Liverpool team they play, will closely resemble the team that played yesterday, as the first team are on a Premier League Winter break.
So the Shrews were to Shrew Good for Liverpool. How do you think Shrewsbury will get on in the replay?