Substitute Jason Cummings scored twice as League One Shrewsbury fought from two targets down to attract 2-2 at house to runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool of their FA Cup fourth spherical tie.
Cummings scored twice in 10 second-half minutes, virtually snatching an added-time winner, to present his aspect a dream journey to Anfield and hand Reds supervisor Jurgen Klopp the replay he was dreading – and doubtlessly break their plans for his or her mid-season break subsequent month.
It left Klopp massively unimpressed at having one other match to suit into what has already been a heavy schedule, particularly because it was all so pointless having been forward by Curtis Jones’ second FA Cup strike in successive matches and a Donald Love personal purpose.
Such was his want to settle the tie he known as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino off a strong-looking bench within the ultimate 10 minutes however they’d little impression because the momentum was all with the hosts, who might simply have pulled off one off the shocks of the competitors.
Klopp made 11 modifications after Thursday’s Premier League win at Wolves however named first-teamers Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip, getting back from harm, alongside Fabinho, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi, making it a stronger crew than the one which knocked out Everton within the earlier spherical.
However regardless of the presence of these extra skilled gamers, it was the 2 stars of the win over the Toffees who continued to grab each alternative given to them by Klopp.
Pedro Chirivella, who impressed in midfield final outing, performed the incisive through-ball down the inside-left channel for Jones to casually stroke previous Max O’Leary, changing into the primary teenager to attain in consecutive appearances for the membership since Raheem Sterling in April 2014.
The 18-year-old has a self-confidence bordering on the cocky however that doesn’t imply he isn’t ready to place within the exhausting work and simply moments after his purpose he was monitoring again inside his personal penalty space to dispossess Callum Lang.
However his greatest work is finished on the different finish and he subsequent popped within the attacking third to flash a left-footed shot large.
Minamino, nonetheless discovering his ft after his January transfer from RB Salzburg, had two probabilities for a confidence-boosting maiden purpose however simply missed a cross from Neco Williams after which snatched at Origi’s lay-off and ballooned over.
However as an alternative of the guests urgent house their benefit, the hosts, who misplaced captain Ollie Norburn to harm halfway by the half, got probabilities to attain as they started to claw again the midfield battle.
Fabinho, in solely his third look after a month out with an ankle harm, confirmed his rustiness by giving the ball away too continuously and Shrewsbury ought to have capitalised.
Shaun Whalley, put clear by, was denied by goalkeeper Adrian’s outstretched foot after which additionally shot large whereas Fabinho’s pointless concession of a nook in first-half added time noticed defender Aaron Pierre discover himself past the Liverpool again line from the breakdown however the ball wouldn’t drop shortly sufficient for him to get off a correct shot.
They have been to rue these missed probabilities as inside 28 seconds of the second half beginning they have been 2-Zero down when Love, beneath no stress, tried to turned Williams’ cross behind however discovered the flawed aspect of the submit.
Additional pointless lack of possession, first from Chirivella after which Matip, handed Shrewsbury two extra probabilities as Adrian made a fingertip save to disclaim Lang in area on the suitable and Josh Laurent fired large.
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However ultimately they have been undone within the 65th minute when Yasser Larouci was adjudged to have fouled inside the world as he raced again to problem Laurent and Cummings despatched Adrian the flawed method from the spot.
Liverpool failed to reply – actually they received extra rattled – and, when Lovren misjudged a protracted ball ahead, Cummings capitalised to tuck a shot contained in the submit.
The sight of Salah and Firmino approaching within the ultimate 10 minutes stated every part in regards to the desperation of the guests’ state of affairs and Klopp’s want to keep away from a replay, and Cummings virtually granted that want however headed over.