Shrewsbury Town

Getty Images

Live, FA Cup: Liverpool v. Shrewsbury headlines 4th round replays

Leave a comment

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.

[ LIVE: All the FA Cup scores here

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.


TUESDAY

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

Shrewsbury: We will miss out on $650,000

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Shrewsbury Town aren’t complaining but they definitely want you to know they would have received at least $650,000 extra had Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp decided to play his first team in their FA Cup fourth round replay at Anfield on Tuesday.

Klopp has taken the controversial decision to let his players jet away for the winter break and he will not manage Liverpool as they host third-tier Shrewsbury at Anfield. The boss of the runaway Premier League leaders explained that he will observe the winter break, the first one ever in the PL, and Liverpool’s U23 manager Neil Critchley will field what is essentially a U20 side.

Sam Ricketts, the manager of minnows Shrewsbury, was asked to sum up the financial impact that decision has made as the replay will not be broadcast live on TV and ticket prices have also been reduced for home fans.

“Huge, for someone like us, the way the game could have gone,” Ricketts said. “If you’re playing Liverpool’s first team, you’re generating £400,000, £500,000 or £600,000. On the back of this, it will be £100,000 to £150,000 or something like that. So, there is a massive difference there for a club like us where every penny counts. That’s the biggest disappointment for us, that we will lack the revenue from the replay that historically, Liverpool away, would generate the club. What we’re going to get, it’s two very different things. It’s probably half a million. But if you offered us a replay and £150,000, we’d have snatched your hand off.”

Ricketts added that Klopp apologized for announcing the first team would be off for the replay and didn’t want it to overshadow Shrewsbury fighting back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and force a replay against a weakened Liverpool side. Klopp also spoke to the young manager for about 30 minutes after the game and was very generous with his time and Ricketts admitted he would do exactly the same as Klopp and would be ‘sat on a beach’ somewhere.

Should we feel sorry for Shrewsbury in this situation? Maybe a little but let’s flip this around. By playing a bunch of teenagers in the replay Liverpool are, in theory, massively increasing the chances that the Shrews will reach the fifth round and they will be heading to Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea. That is when Shrewsbury will get their payday as that game will almost certainly by on TV.

Then again, we all know how well these teenagers played against Everton to win 1-0 in the FA Cup third round, so it is quite conceivable Liverpool’s reserve team will win the FA Cup this season.

Klopp admits Liverpool youngsters will feature in Shrewsbury replay

Getty Images
Leave a comment

In proper FA Cup fashion, League One side Shrewsbury Town pulled off a late draw against Liverpool, forcing a replay at Anfield.

[ RECAP: Shrewsbury forces FA Cup replay with Liverpool ]

The replay, which is set to take place during the Premier League’s winter break, is going to be a problem for Liverpool, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. First-team players have been granted the time off, forcing Klopp and company to play the “kids” for the upcoming replay of the fourth-round bout.

“We intend to honor the original idea of the break,” the Liverpool manager said on Sunday. “We have respect for the players’ welfare and they need this time off.”

“We got a letter from the authorities in April last year asking us not to organize anything during the week of the break and we haven’t,” he added. “We have given the players the time off, and some are going away. They will still be keeping fit, but they do not have to play football that week and they do not have to come in to Melwood.”

Jason Cummings’ right-footed strike in the 75th minute nulled Liverpool’s two-goal advantage early in the second half. The German also admitted that there was no reason for a replay on Tuesday 4 February or Wednesday 5 February.

“We lost the ball in the wrong moments and we never got used to the pitch,” he said. “We conceded the penalty after losing the ball and when they scored their second goal it was after we had lost two challenges in a row. We didn’t play well enough to take anything from the game, we got what we deserved. I would like to give Shrewsbury credit for their performance and the atmosphere their supporters produced. I enjoyed the atmosphere around the cup tie, I just didn’t enjoy the way we played.”

FA Cup: Newcastle wins in extra time

Martin Rickett/PA via AP
Leave a comment

Newcastle United was the only Premier League club in action during a trio of FA Cup third round replays on Tuesday.

[ MORE: Premier League player power rankings ]

The Magpies overcame a lost 2-goal lead to defeat Blackburn Rovers and earn a fourth round home FA Cup date with Watford.

Blackburn Rovers 2-4 (aet.) Newcastle United

Joselu‘s goal in the first half of extra time

Lively from minute No. 1, the Magpies took a 2-0 lead through a pair of 21-year-olds and their first senior goals: A deflected Sean Longstaff strike and clinical side-footed finish from Callum Roberts are moments the pair won’t soon forget.

But ex-Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong pulled one back for Blackburn, and Darragh Lenihan mashed a bullet header into the goal to leave it level at the break.

Fabian Schar’s 105th minute rip was parried to a questionably onside Joselu, and the Spaniard slotted past countryman David Raya. Another Spaniard, Ayoze Perez blasted a tight-angled shot off Raya’s right hand and into the side panel in the 107th.

Stoke City 2-3 Shrewsbury Town

Tyrese Campbell scored twice, the 19-year-old helping his Potters to what could’ve been an easy enough victory had they finished a few more chances at the bet365 Stadium. James Bolton pulled one back for the Shrews with just over a quarter-hour left in the second half.

The League One visitors made it 2-2 through a Fejiri Okenabirhie penalty, opening up their hopes for a fourth round visit from Watford. That arrived when Josh Laurent scored Shrewsbury Town’s third goal in 11 minutes.

Luton Town 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Longtime Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu scored just after halftime. Wednesday will head to Chelsea on Jan. 27 for the fourth round.

Rotherham gains promotion to Championship

Twitter/@BBCSport
Leave a comment

After one season down in League One, the Millers are returning to the Sky Bet Championship in 2018/19.

[ MORE: Tammy Abraham rescues England in Toulon opener ]

Rotherham United defeated Shrewsbury Town, 2-1, in extra time on Sunday at Wembley Stadium to reach the Championship.

Regulation wasn’t enough to decide the League One playoff final, but Richard Wood brace ensured his side, Rotherham, would reach the English second division ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Wood did superbly to volley home his squad’s second goal in the first half of extra time, after a brilliant Joe Newell set piece curled into the path of the defender.

Shrewsbury equalized around the hour mark when Alex Rodman calmly placed the ball beyond goalkeeper Marek Rodak from close ranger after a perfectly-executed set piece that caught the Millers off guard.

The first half went largely in favor Rotherham though, having taken the lead in the 32nd minute through Wood’s header to the bottom left corner.

The lead should have been larger though heading into halftime, but David Ball’s early penalty kick was saved by Shrews keeper Dean Henderson in the ninth minute to keep the match scoreless at the time.