Liverpool were given a huge scare by Shrewsbury Town as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 away in a pulsating FA Cup fourth round tie on Sunday.
A much-changed Liverpool appeared to be cruising into the fifth round for the first time since Jurgen Klopp took over in 2020, but Shrewsbury substitute Jason Cummings had the compact New Meadow stadium rocking with a memorable brace.
First he coolly tucked away a 72 th-minute penalty and then he outpaced Liverpool’s nervy back four to beat Adrian with a cool right-foot finish from the edge of the area.
Liverpool, who have been untouchable in the Premier League this season making a first title for almost years inevitable, took the lead through teenager Curtis Jones after minutes .
The seven-time Cup winners doubled their lead seconds after halftime when Shrewsbury’s Donald Love scored an own goal.
But European and world club champion Liverpool lost concentration and were punished as Shrewsbury roared back to set up a thr illing climax and earn a replay at Anfield.
On-loan from Bristol City, did well under some heavy pressure.
What a disaster. Scored the most bizarre own goal. Love hurts.
Experienced ex-Wolves defender, did OK in the back three.
Hero of the last round, he was solid and strong in defense.
Ex-Man United, he defended well and with tenacity.
Left wing-back was forced to defend more than attack.
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Being linked with Championship clubs, you can see why.
Another who started at Man United, good flashes of skill.
Used his pace well, had two big chances but wasted them.
Captain and leader, sadly his game was ended early by injury.
He did well but his replacement, Cummings, stole the show.
Edw ards, for Norburn, (mins 7)
MOTM – Cummings, for, Lang, mins, 8
Udoh, for Whalley, 430 mins
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Quick off his line to read danger, helpless on Shrewsbury goals.
Good supply line down the right, but went to sleep on second goal.
First start of the year. , looked very rusty as a result.
Another back from injury, looked more comfortable.
Booked. The No.. (did OK but conceded costly penalty.)
No wonder he’s so important to Liverpool. . Sits deep and dictates.
Played the pass of the match, setting up Jones’ opening goal.
What a talent, scored the winner in last round and on target again.
(Minamino 5) Still very much finding his feet in English football, some good signs.
Precocious talent, Klopp was screaming instructions, frustrating.
Hard working performance, drifted to the left and caused problems.
Oxlade- Chamberlain, for Elliott, mins, 6
Salah, for Matip, (mins
) Firmino, for Minamino, 413 mins