Liverpool taken to FA Cup replay by Shrewsbury after letting two-goal lead slip
FA Cup, Montgomery Waters Meadow – Shrewsbury Town 2 (Cummings pen 65’, 75’) Liverpool 2 (Jones 15’ Love OG 46’)
Shrewsbury stormed back from two down to hold a lacklustre Liverpool and secure a deserved replay at Anfield following a dramatic FA Cup fourth round clash.
Jason Cummings was the League One side's hero as he came off the bench to coolly convert a penalty before sending Sam Ricketts' men into dreamland with a composed equaliser 15 minutes from time.
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Jurgen Klopp made 11 changes from the European champions' last Premier League outing at Wolves, but they had seemed to be in cruise control after teenager Curtis Jones's opener was followed by an own goal by Donald Love at the very start of the second half.
However, the top-flight leaders became complacent and Shrewsbury belied the 59-place gap between the sides to take full advantage.
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A rare blip from Liverpool. As the Merseysiders attempt to juggle their charge towards the Premier League title with a bid to defend the Champions League, it's easy to see why Klopp doesn't want any more distractions. But he's got another one now. Yes, the Reds made changes and it's invaluable experience for some of the younger players, but the German will be hugely frustrated that a team including the likes of Fabinho, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Joel Matip couldn't see a 2-0 lead out. It says much that he had to call upon two of his famous front three late on, and that goalkeeper, Adrian was the visitors' star performer. It's an irritation for the Liverpool boss, but he will still expect his fringe players to complete the job at Anfield and will give the Shrews the credit they deserve for their never-say-die spirit.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jason Cummings (Shrewsbury). The Shrews' top scorer took his tally to seven for the season with a fairytale impact as a super sub. Showed the way in terms of how to beat the excellent Adrian and deserves the plaudits he will receive for firing his teammates to Anfield.
SHREWBURY: O'Leary 7, Williams 7, Ebanks-Landell 7, Pierre 7, Love 6, Laurent 8, Goss 7, Norburn 6, Golbourne 7, Whalley 7, Lang 7. Subs: Edwards 7, Cummings 8, Udoh n/a.
LIVERPOOL: Adrian 8, Williams 7, Matip 6, Lovren 6, Larouci 6, Fabinho 6, Chirivella 7, Jones 7, Minamino 6, Elliott 6, Origi 6. Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Firmino n/a, Salah n/a.
15' - GOAL! Shrewsbury 0-1 Liverpool. Curtis Jones is at it again! The midfielder follows up his strike against Everton by racing on to Chirivella's exquisite pass and coolly sliding it beyond the keeper.
24' - SHREWSBURY CHANCE! Shaun Whalley races on to Norburn's superb pass to run clean through on Adrian, but sees his big chance thwarted by the keeper's right leg.
40' - SHREWSBURY CHANCE! Neat approach play from the Premier League leaders, but Minamino can't provide the finish with a wayward strike. Shrewsbury retort but Whalley drags wide with an angled strike after a Liverpool mix-up at the bag had left him in plenty of space to surge into the area.
46' - GOAL! Shrewsbury 0-2 Liverpool. That's a real howler. Donald Love inexplicably guides into his own net from Williams's deep cross.
60' - SHREWSBURY CHANCE! Callum Lang takes advantage of Liverpool's high line to rampage in from the right and into the area. He takes aim but sees his low shot superbly pushed to safety by Adrian.
65' - GOAL! Shrewsbury 1-2 Liverpool. The Shrews have a lifeline! Cummings coolly steers his spot-kick into the left-hand corner he is facing, sending Adrian the wrong way. The penalty was awarded after Larouci brought down Laurent.
75' - GOAL! Shrewsbury 2-2 Liverpool. It's all square! Cummings races on to a long ball, outfoxes Lovren and fired a low shot beyond Adrian!
90' - LIVERPOOL CHANCES! Almost a winner for the Reds. Williams blocks on the line from Jones after Firmino had flicked it across the face of goal. The visitors come again and Firmino crosses for Salah, but his header flashes just wide of the far post.
Jones is the first teenager to score in consecutive appearances for Liverpool since Raheem Sterling in April 2014 (19y 133d).
Liverpool have failed to win a match after being 2+ goals ahead for the first time since April 2018 when they drew 2-2 with West Brom in the Premier League, they had won their previous 47 such games.
Liverpool have benefitted from four own goals across all competitions this season; the joint-most of any Premier League team (along with Wolves).