Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, forcing the Reds into a replay that manager Jurgen Klopp would ideally not have preferred to play. The German gaffer said after the match that U23 manager Neil Critchley, and not him, would be managing the return fixture at Anfield.
Dejan Lovren captained the side but the Croatian as well as Joel Matip, both playing for the senior team after a while, weren’t at their best. Also rusty was Fabinho, who was making his first start since November. Klopp made eleven changes to the side that had edged Wolves over the weekend, but was forced to bring Ox, Salah and Firmino off the bench in an attempt to force a result, albeit unsuccessfully.
Young Neco Williams was impressive for the Reds, who took a 2-0 lead before the home side fought back to level the game 2-2. It could’ve well been 3-2 in favour of the Shrews had Jason Cummings not missed a change to register a hat trick late in the game.
Here are the player ratings from local newspaper Liverpool Echo for the game.
Liverpool move into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a win over Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace on 14.02.2015. Fraizer Campbell put Palace ahead but Sturridge’s volley brought LFC on level terms, with Adam Lallana scoring the winner after Mario Balotelli’s original free kick was blocked. Continue reading
LONDON – In what so far is still a disappointing campaign for Liverpool, the Spanish international Fernando Torres remains hopeful and believes that the club manager Rafa Benitez can still improve on last season.
The international striker refuses to be pessimistic and says the Reds already eliminated from UEFA Champions League and seventh league, rallied before the end of the national competition, where he hopes to finish between the top four.
Thompson talks about the possibility that Liverpool win the FA Cup
“I remember seeing the FA Cup final of 2006 when Liverpool was playing for West Ham, which was a great game. Pepe, Carra, Stevie and I have told all of the meeting,” said the player to the weekly magazine club LFC.
“In this country, the Cup is the most important trophy after the League. If you win, you play in the Community Shield. Winning gives you the chance to access more titles and that should always be our goal,” he said.
The player reiterated the desire of Liverpool finished the tournament in the top four. ”
“If we could, and we won the Cup, would be the best time in the last three or four years. I know that last year finished second in the Premiership, but to win something and finish in the top four would be even better,” he said.
If something was missing from in the midst of this crisis was that their stars were both hurt for a long time. Thus, it was confirmed one of the worst news after the defeat against Reading in the FA Cup: will be sidelined for the next six weeks.
The Spanish striker suffered a twist in a cartilage in his right knee during the game Wednesday night and will undergo an operation. Thus, the ‘Child’ will remain, at least six weeks away from the pitch, as confirmed by the club’s official website Network
Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez’s problems were accentuated further by the extensive low , Who suffered a broken rib and will miss a month of official activity.
But as if that were not enough, Liverpool may lose next weekend against Stoke to , Who suffered a hamstring stretch in the right leg.
The Anfield side through a critical state in the current season. It was removed from the second round of the Champions League, last night said goodbye to the FA Cup against a rival promotion of categories and the Premier League just struggle earn a place among those classified to the next Europa League.
Thus, the British press was very critical of the administration of former Valencia coach and some experienced, like Whelan, and demanded the resignation of the Spanish coach.
Meanwhile, Torres will be in doubt until the last minute to participate in the friendly between Spain and France, on March 3.
The poor performance of been placed in the eye of the storm . And after the disastrous elimination of the FA Cup against Reading (a modest team who fights not to fall to third) and in the very Anfield, a network legend has come to claim in public the resignation of the Spanish coach.
“He should have gone long ago and should do it now,” said Ronnie Whelan, remembered Irish midfielder who played for the Merseyside team between 1979 and 1994, with 493 official appearances.
“Liverpool is not playing anything right. They have lost 10 of their last 20 games,” he said told BBC Radio.