The FA Cup fourth round replays are here as two Premier League teams are in action on Tuesday with the youngest Liverpool starting XI in history hosting Shrewsbury the headline act as Jurgen Klopp decided to give himself and his first team time off during the winter break.
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Liverpool are using their U23 side against third-tier Shrewsbury, Newcastle United travel to third-tier Oxford United, Cardiff host Reading and Birmingham host Coventry and Derby County host Northampton Town.
The winner of Liverpool against Shrewsbury will travel to Chelsea in the fifth round, as Neil Critchley will manage these kids once again as they knocked out Everton in the last round with Klopp as the coach. Why can’t they beat Shrewsbury? 19-year-old Curtis Jones captains Liverpool, while the likes of Harvey Elliott, Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever all start. The average age of the Liverpool team is 19 years and 102 days.
Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts has complained about Klopp’s decision to give his first team a break and that it has cost the third-tier club around $650,000 but this is a great chance for the Shrews to reach the last 16 of the competition and get a payday at Chelsea in round five.
Below is the schedule for Tuesday’s game in full, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.
All games kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated.
Liverpool v. Shrewsbury
Cardiff City v. Reading
Birmingham City v. Coventry City
Derby County v. Northampton Town
Oxford United v. Newcastle United – 3:05 p.m. ET
Trailblazing striker Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59.
West Brom hails Regis as “one of the great symbols of the fight against racism in Britain as a pioneer for black footballers across this nation and beyond.”
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Regis was a key part of West Brom trio “Three Degrees” with Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, won the 1987 FA Cup with Coventry City and was just the third black player to be capped by England. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire.
He scored 81 goals at West Brom before moving on to pot another 47 at Coventry City in a career with stops at Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers, and Chester City.
Tributes poured in for Regis on Monday from across the football world on a day celebrated in the United States for civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pigs in the Valley is neither a new concessions item at Charlton Athletic, nor a Pink Floyd B-side.
Nope, it’s reality at The Valley, home of Charlton, as fans of both the hosts and Coventry City have tossed hundreds of plastic pink pigs on the field in protest of ownership. The supporters also had a joint march to the stadium.
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The match was held up for more than a handful of minutes, as documented by Charlton broadcaster Louis Mendez on Twitter.
You never like to see matches held up, but also have to admit it’s a clever and eye-catching protest.
Joe Cole left Aston Villa for Coventry City earlier this year, and now the 56-times capped England man is coming to the North American Soccer League (NASL).
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Cole has two goals and six assists in 22 games for the Sky Blues since arriving this season, and the 34-year-old would be the latest World Cup veteran to head to the NASL.
The striker had 10 goals for England, and has also played for West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Lille and West Ham United.
Here’s Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray, courtesy the BBC:
“I would have liked to have kept Joe,” said City boss Tony Mowbray. “He has proved his fitness and worth to the team
“He’s a fantastic character. No airs and graces, not looking for favours or extra days off and has shown his football ability.
“He can help us control matches but he’s made his decision for his family, and we wish him well. It might happen pretty quickly if he can get international clearance.”
Tampa is 3-2-2 to start the NASL season, and boasts a roster with Darwin Espinal, Eric Avila, Georgi Hristov and Freddy Adu.
Australian midfielder Andy Rose is leaving Major League Soccer for a job with Coventry City in England’s third tier.
Rose, 25, spent his youth career at Bristol City before spending 2008-2011 at UCLA, a college stint that made him the sixth overall pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft (Real Salt Lake).
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After a trade to the Sounders, Rose made 107 appearances with 10 goals and 7 assists in parts of four seasons in Seattle.
Rose joins notable names Joe Cole, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Adam Armstrong in the West Midlands. The League One side in in fourth place, five points behind leaders Burton Albion and two back of automatic promotion.
The departure is another hit to Seattle’s depth after the club traded Lamar Neagle earlier this offseason.