Liverpool’s potential FA Cup fifth-round opponents have been revealed despite Jurgen Klopp’s decision to snub the club’s fourth-round replay with Shrewsbury Town.
The European champions surrendered a two-goal lead following a wretched error-strewn second-half performance against the League One outfit. Klopp’s post-match declaration was that the kids will be handed the responsibility of trying to get the Reds into the fifth round of the world’s oldest cup competition.
It was a public declaration of a plan carefully agreed between Liverpool’s owners and its managers after the club decided to respect the Premier League’s inaugural winter break which takes place from February 2-16.
Earlier this month, Klopp informed the players that no matter what the circumstances, there would be no warm-weather training camp and that the players could make their own individual holiday plans and would each be given their own specific tailored training programmes.
The club’s owners have remained supportive of the manager from the start and share the belief that it is indeed the best policy to maximise Liverpool’s chances of not just winning the Premier League but also retaining the Champions League.
Liverpool’s hierarchy all share Klopp’s opinion that it is ridiculous for the FA to schedule a replay, which will take place at Anfield on February 4 or 5 within a winter break that the Football Association fought so long and hard for to be introduced to increase player welfare standards.
As a result, Klopp will hand the competition a gargantuan blow which could seriously affect the cup’s longevity after the Liverpool manager decided the hand first-team responsibility to U23s manager Neil Critchley.
If Liverpool are to progress into the fifth round of the competition, a trip to Stamford Bridge would await Klopp and his players.
Following the draw, many supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts and opinions after Liverpool’s potential opponents were revealed and it’s fair to say that they were not too optimistic…
Shrewsbury can have it then
— Champ19ns (@YoungyLFC99) January 27, 2020
Another day out for Shrewsbury it is then
— Shannonʸⁿʷᵃ (@icy7_YNWA) January 27, 2020
It’s all good lads, let Shrewsbury have this one
— Josh (@KloppStyle) January 27, 2020
Shrewsbury are going to turn them over. Can't wait
— LP (@peerso2001) January 27, 2020
All my support goes to Shrewsbury. Go and fight with chelsea👏🏾
— Fadhi ku dirir 🇸🇴 (@Footballworld64) January 27, 2020