After the match against Arsenal in the League Cup was postponed, Liverpool will prepare to host League One team Shrewsbury in the third round of the FA Cup. Against an opponent much less qualified, this is an opportunity for The Kop’s reserve elements to show themselves.
Unlike matches in the league and League Cup, the FA has issued an directive that all FA Cup matches be played as normal in the context of Covid-19 ravaging nearly every team. Having to postpone so many matches in the Premier League leaves the English football federation with little space to arrange teams to make up for it later. Liverpool entered this match with a lot of concerns in terms of force and form. Fortunately for The Kop when their opponent is only Shrewsbury, much less in strength.
In the upcoming match, a series of names like Elliott, Origi, Alisson, Phillips, Firmino, Matip left open the possibility of playing. Meanwhile, Salah, Mane will definitely be absent for a long time to come because he has to return to the national team to attend the CAN CUP. In the last 4 consecutive appearances in all competitions, Liverpool do not know the feeling of winning (draw 3, lose 1). In the Premier League at the moment, The Kop is in 3rd place on the table with 42 points brought back through 19 rounds. They are 11 points behind the top of Man City and have 1 match in hand.
As a team that is only playing in League One, of course Shrewsbury is completely inferior to Liverpool in terms of level. Also, Shrewsbury’s form in League One this season is not very impressive. After 25 rounds, they brought back a meager 29 points and are currently in 15th place on the table. Before entering the encounter with Liverpool, the away team was in good form with unbeaten in the last 4 outings (draw 1, win 3). A few days ago they got a 1-0 victory at home against Sheffield Wednesday, marking the third consecutive match to keep a clean sheet for the away team.
Statistics show that Shrewsbury has only suffered 3 defeats in the last 10 matches and if they can avoid the Anfield defeat, it will be one of the shock results in this round. However, Liverpool is a team with better quality and away is one of the concerns for Shrewsbury. They have lost 6 of the last 10 away matches and only kept 1 clean sheet in the above 10 matches. In the 2019-2020 season, Shrewsbury was also eliminated from the FA Cup at the hands of Liverpool after losing 0-1.