The youngest team ever fielded by Liverpool for an FA cup game managed to beat Shrewbury 1-0 and move to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Jurgen Klopp’s plan to leave the fate of the club in the hands of the U23 squad paid off while he gave his senior players a much-needed rest.
Jurgen Klopp had already announced that his senior players would not be taking part in the FA Cup fixture as he wanted to give them a chance to rest during the Premier League winter break.
Although FA Cup organizers, as well as other football pundits and supporters, lashed back at the Liverpool manager for his decision which they thought was disrespectful to the tournament, Liverpool supporters as well as the clubs upper hierarchy agreed and supported his decision.
As Liverpool are on track to bringing home their first Premier League title since 1989/90. Given Liverpool are currently in record form having gone undefeated in the Premier League so far this season it is understandable why Klopp would not want to risk his players in a lower-level competition at the risk of what could be one of their best record-breaking seasons ever.
The youth squad whose total ages averaged out at 19 years and 102 days dominated in their match against Shrewsbury.
Curtis jones made the history books as Liverpool’s youngest first-team captain aged 19 years and 5 days.
In this season, what is a football match without some sort of VAR drama?? Shaun Whalley had his goal disallowed after the VAR showed that Scott Golbourne was offside during the build-up.
The Liverpool side was then rewarded for their efforts that night as Ro-Shaun Williams, unfortunately, found the back of his own net after scoring an own goal to give Liverpool their 1-0 win.
Liverpool are now through to the 5th round of the FA Cup.