Liverpool defenders Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren failed to impress away at Shrewsbury on Sunday evening.

The Reds fielded a much-changed side in the FA Cup. However, it still looked strong, especially in defence, with two senior centre halves in the backline. Ultimately though neither looked good and Joe Gomez can rest easy knowing his starting spot is secure.

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Despite opting for more experience than previous cup games, Jurgen Klopp’s side looked vulnerable from the off. Back-up goalkeeper Adrian was forced into a string of saves, whilst the League One side also spurned a flurry of chances. Ultimately their pressure and our defensive fatalities told. Shrewsbury picked up a well-earned 2-2 draw and the Reds could have no arguments about it.

The second goal we conceded will have worried Liverpool fans. Matip first was out jumped for a header, before Lovren took a wild swing and miss allowing Jason Cummings in for this second of the day. It was truly terrible defending not seen at Liverpool in quite some time. Neither man made any case for starting in bigger games, despite both having previously showed their world class credentials.

The Croatian World Cup runner-up Lovren is known for having a mistake in him. However, throughout this season and last he has managed to cut them out.

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Next to Virgil Van Dijk he looks cool, calm and collected. Yesterday, next to Matip he looked back to his old ways. He’ll have to make do with his position on Liverpool’s bench for the rest of this season. After that performance it’s probably for the best.

Prior to his injury Matip had his Liverpool starting spot sewn up. The colossal Cameroonian defender had built a reputation as one of the world’s best. Whilst you expected he would be off the pace, it was worrying to just see how far off it he was.

The Reds coaches obviously wanted to ease Matip back into his football. However, there was nothing easy about Sunday’s game, Matip was run ragged. Like Lovren he’ll have to make do with a place on our bench moving forward. Hopefully one of these two men can step up and improve vastly when they are needed again.

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