Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury: Reds come from behind to ease past League One side

LFC Globe
9th January 2022
Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town Match Report
FA Cup
Kaide Gordon (34'), Fabinho (44', 90'), Roberto Firmino (78')
Daniel Udoh (27')

Liverpool progressed to the fourth round of the after beating League One side Shrewsbury Town 4-1 at on Sunday afternoon.

's first senior goal and a penalty saw the Reds come from behind to lead at the break after Daniel Udoh had fired Shrewsbury ahead midway through the first half.

It was a comfortable second half for Liverpool, who went 3-1 ahead thanks to a fine backheel from substitute before Fabinho rounded off the scoring with a second goal in added time to clinch a 4-1 .

The Reds will find out their FA Cup fourth round opponents in the later today, whilst all focus now turns to the Reds' semi-final first-leg clash against on Thursday.

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Jurgen Klopp returned to the touchline after his period of self-isolation, with the boss naming a host of youngsters in the starting eleven including , Tyler Morton, Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Kaide Gordon and Max Woltman.

They were bolstered by the likes of captain , Ibrahima Konate, , Fabinho and , whilst Roberto Firmino and were amongst those named on the bench.

Liverpool, as expected, dominated the ball in the early stages and they had the first chance of the game through Konate, who got on the end of Robertson's set-piece from the left but the Frenchman was unable to get his header on target.

Gordon's first real opportunity to isolate his full-back saw him cut inside and take aim for the bottom corner inside the near post, but goalkeeper Marko Marosi got down to palm the ball behind.

There were signs of encouragement for Steve Cotterill's side as they got into some threatening positions midway through the half and they were rewarded for their attacking endeavour as they took a surprise lead in front of their own fans.

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Nathaniel Ogbeta took on Bradley down the Reds' right and put in a cross which caught Konate off-guard at the near post, with Shrewsbury's top scorer Daniel Udoh getting in between Konate and Van Dijk to slot the ball .

However, it didn't take long for the Reds to get back on level terms, with Kaide Gordon netting his first senior goal for the club following Bradley's low cross, which Gordon received with an excellent touch before calmly placing the ball into the bottom corner.

The League One side had the ball in the net for a second time just minutes later through a Ryan Bowman header, but the flag was rightly raised for offside much to the anguish of the visiting supporters.

A handball by Ethan Ebanks-Landell following a set-piece into the Shrewsbury box saw the referee point to the penalty spot, with Fabinho stepping up to slot the ball home in front of the Kop and put the Reds ahead.

The visitors had a late chance in added time to level the scores at the break, but Bowman's glancing header was saved on the line by Kelleher.

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Woltman made way for Takumi Minamino at the start of the second half before the Reds nearly doubled their lead through Dixon-Bonner, but the youngster's close-range effort went straight at Marosi, who palmed the ball .

The Reds dominated possession but were unable to create any further clear-cut chances following Dixon-Bonner's missed opportunity, with the youngster soon making way for Roberto Firmino with a little over 25 minutes left on the clock.

It was more of the same despite the Brazilian's introduction as Liverpool remained in second gear and shifted the ball around without any real sense of urgency.

But Firmino finally doubled the Reds' lead inside the final 12 minutes as a well-worked move down the right saw Konate's attempt fall at the feet of the No.9, who produced an inventive backheel to make it 3-1.

Fabinho then sealed the win in added time following a set-piece by substitute , with the Brazilian firing home from close-range to net a rare brace in a Reds shirt.

Liverpool: Kelleher, Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Morton, Dixon-Bonner, Gordon, Jones, Woltman

Shrewsbury: Marosi, Bennett, Pennington, Ebanks-Landell, Burse, Ogbeta, Leahy, Vela, Davis, Udoh, Bowman

MOTM: Fabinho

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