Already announcing they will once again turn to youth on FA Cup duties in midweek, Liverpool will welcome League One outfit Shrewsbury Town to Anfield with a spot in the fifth round up for grabs on Tuesday night.
Putting four past Southampton on Merseyside over the weekend and now extending their buffer at the top of the Premier League to a staggering 22 points, the runaway leaders have continued on what is being billed as a famous campaign for the Reds.
On the flip side, while Shrewsbury may have managed to battle back and snatch what was a famous 2-2 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s altered squad in Shropshire last week, they have continued to show some cause for concern in England’s third-tier.
Hit with back-to-back defeats against Rochdale and Gillingham, Tuesday’s guests have recorded just a sole victory since the 21st of December and also have a growing reputation for their struggles on the road.
Despite making a string of changes at Anfield and getting U’23’s boss Neil Critchley to take charge in midweek, you might be interested to know that betting offers on Liverpool can be found priced at 21/20 with Ladbrokes to come out on top on Tuesday.
Youth gets another shot
After only managing to play out what was a shocking 2-2 draw away at Shrewsbury last week, Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that his winter-break protest is under way and youth will once again be chucked in at the deep end on Tuesday night.
Led by U’23’s boss Neil Critchley, the same man that led Liverpool’s youthful squad to a 5-0 defeat at Aston Villa in the EFL Cup back in December, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has made it clear that the Premier League and the Champions League top his agenda.
However, while Liverpool might be without the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in midweek, young starlet Curtis Jones should be relishing another chance to shine at Anfield.
Finding the net against Shrewsbury on the road last week, the 19-year-old also scored a stunning strike to knock bitter rivals Everton out in the third round at Anfield.
Bagging two strikes in back-to-back FA Cup appearances so far this season, you might be interested to know that the winger can be found priced at 2/1 with William Hill to extend on that tally in midweek.
Can Shrewsbury do the unthinkable?
Although Shrewsbury’s dramatic fightback against Liverpool may have sent shockwaves across England last week, Tuesday’s guests have come crashing back down to earth.
Still fighting an uphill struggle to find a route into the top half of the League One table, Sam Ricketts’ men are coming off the back of back-to-back defeats against Gillingham and a 1-0 loss away at Rochdale over the weekend.
On a run of form that has seen them fail to win any of their last six matches on the road, fans around Shropshire have also seen their side fail to find the net in three of their last four matchups away from Waters Meadow.
If the Shrews are to pick up what would be their most iconic victory in the club’s history, then Tuesday’s traveling support could be looking for last week’s hero Jason Cummings to put in another famous display.
Bagging both goals in Shrewsbury’s dramatic comeback after coming off the bench, the 24-year-old has burst into folk law and can be found priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power to bag another shock strike at Anfield in midweek.