Liverpool midfielder James Milner has delivered a good-luck message on Instagram ahead of the young Reds’ FA Cup fourth-round clash against Shrewsbury Town tonight.
Neil Critchley will oversee the Anfield encounter after Jurgen Klopp decided to respect the Premier League’s inaugural winter break abdicating the managerial role to the U23s head coach.
Liverpool surrendered a two-goal lead in the reverse fixture at the New Meadow stadium after Curtis Jones and a Donald Glove own-goal put the European champions firmly in the ascendancy before a Jason Cummings brace restored parity for the League One outfit.
There is expected to be a full-crowd under the lights at Anfield with the fixture officially sold out on the club’s official website. None of Liverpool’s senior players will be involved in the FA Cup replay which will see a number of wholesale changes to the team that beat Southampton in the PL on Saturday- with Critchley almost certainly to hand a number of first-team debuts to the club’s youngsters.
Adam Lewis, Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson and Liam Millar are all expected to make their first-team debuts with Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever completing the lineup. January recruit Joe Hardy is another who could make his first Liverpool appearance following his January transfer from Brentford.
Ahead of the match, the club’s vice-captain James Milner has posted on Instagram wishing his teammates luck in the replay. The 33-year-old has urged the players to ‘show them what you can do’ with the club’s FA Cup destiny now on the youngster’s shoulders.
The Anfield replay is scheduled to take place from 19:45 GMT on Tuesday evening.