Match Preview: Liverpool (U23s) vs Shrewsbury Town
Date & time: February 4th 2020, 19:45
Is it on: No, sadly!
Ref: Andrew Madley
Well, very much like the League Cup quarter final, there's not an enormous amount to be said about tonight's game, in terms of form and so on.
The young Reds will once again be given their chance to shine on the big stage. This time in the FA Cup. This time, against much less... illustrious opponents in Shrewsbury.
They were soundly beaten on that last occasion, but they played well. In fact, they played our quarter final opponents off the park for much of the game. The finishing touch was lacking.
Tonight, against a League One side, it's curious to see that they have been made slight underdogs by some bookies, despite being at home in front of a hopefully packed home crowd.
Shrewsbury have so far failed to fill out even the lower tier of their Annie Road allocation. A bit laughable considering the fuss that's been made about not taking the FA Cup seriously from a Liverpool perspective.
But Liverpool do intend to play an U23's side, so it's perhaps understandable that bookies don't really know how to predict the outcome. If the young Reds perform (as we know they certainly can), they'll win. If there's any nerves or naivety, Shrewsbury will take advantage.
Injuries & Suspension
There's not much in the way of news in this regard, with none of the first team squad taking part tonight at all.
But of the U23 contingent being made available tonight, only Yasser Larouci appears to be out. It's a shame for the youngster but he's already made his mark this season. Instead Adam Lewis is likely to take Larouci's place.
The away side have no injuries to speak on and boss Sam Ricketts with go into the game with a fully fit squad to pick from tonight.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-D-W-W
Shrewsbury Town (all comps): W-D-D-L-L
Predicted Line up
Despite the lack of first teamers, it's not all that difficult to predict who will and won't start. With perhaps just one or two positions open for discussion.
Starting XI: Kelleher, Williams, Hoever, Van den Berg, Lewis, Chirivella, Clarkson, Jones, Longstaff, Elliott, Hardy.