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Liverpool v Shrewsbury confirmed line-ups, predictions, possible line-ups & UK coverage | FA Cup preview

By Harry Edwards

Liverpool v Shrewsbury team news, predictions, possible line-ups & UK coverage | FA Cup preview

Published: 19:00, 4 February 2020

Shrewsbury Town will have high hopes of pulling off an FA Cup shock when they travel to Liverpool on Tuesday.

The League One side came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool at New Meadow in the initial fourth-round tie, earning a replay at Anfield.

Their chances will have undoubtedly been boosted by Jurgen Klopp’s revelation that no first-team players, nor himself, will be present on Tuesday night as they stick to the Premier League’s mid-season break rules.

The winner will go on to face Premier League side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round.

Read on for predictions, TV information, live stream options and possible XIs ahead of Tuesday’s action.

Liverpool v Shrewsbury TV channel information and how to stream live:

Competition: FA Cup

Venue: Anfield

Date: Tuesday, 03 February 2020

Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)

Coverage (UK): Liverpool v Shrewsbury will not be televised in the UK but will be broadcast on radio stations BBC Radio 5 Live and TalkSport Radio UK

Recent form

Liverpool

01 February 2020: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (Premier League)

29 January 2020: West Ham 0-2 Liverpool (Premier League)

26 January 2020: Shrewsbury 2-2 Liverpool (FA Cup)

23 January 2020: Wolves 1-2 Liverpool (Premier League)

19 January 2020: Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd (Premier League)

Shrewsbury

01 February 2020: Rochdale 1-0 Shrewsbury (League One)

29 January 2020: Gillingham 2-0 Shrewsbury (League One)

26 January 2020: Shrewsbury 2-2 Liverpool (FA Cup)

18 January 2020: Fleetwood 2-2 Shrewsbury (League One)

14 January 2020: Shrewsbury 1-0 Bristol City (FA Cup)

Ones to watch

Liverpool: Curtis Jones

Liverpool will be without their first-team squad for this game, so the responsibility falls to the young stars.

One such player who has already impressed this season is Curtis Jones. The 19-year-old has featured in six first-team games so far including two FA Cup starts against Everton and Shrewsbury. His effort from outside the box against Everton was enough to win the Merseyside Derby in the third round and Liverpool fans will be dreaming of another positive Anfield run out this season.

Key stat: Curtis Jones is Liverpool’s top scorer in the FA Cup this season, scoring two of their three goals. With a goal against Shrewsbury, he would become the first player to score for Liverpool in three successive FA Cup games since Luis Suarez in 2012.

Shrewsbury: Jamie Cummings

When Liverpool went 2-0 up in the initial game, you could forgive fans for thinking the tie was over and the Reds were safely through to the fifth round. But the arrival of Jamie Cummings from the bench changed the game.

First he stepped up to score a penalty, bringing Shrewsbury back into the game just after the hour mark, before equalising 10 minutes later. They were his sixth and seventh goals of the season, and with Liverpool arguably there for the taking, Cummings will be hoping to add to that tally this week.

Key stat: Jamie Cummings has scored seven goals for Shrewsbury in all competitions this season.

Confirmed Liverpool line-up

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Confirmed Shrewsbury line-up

Squawka prediction

When Critchley took a young Liverpool side to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, with the first team at the Club World Cup, they were comprehensively beaten 5-0 by Aston Villa.

Although things may not be as comfortable for Shrewsbury, the League One side might feel they can achieve a similar result. Shrewsbury have already faced two Premier League under-23 sides in the EFL Trophy this season, beating Newcastle 3-0 and only losing to Manchester City on penalties.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s under-23 side struggled in that competition, losing all three group games and could face a similar result.

Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 1-2 Shrewsbury

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