This week saw Liverpool FC make another enormous statement of strength. After being lambasted by the press, pundits and other fans for fielding a youth side in the FA Cup, the club progressed to the next round with ease. The Liverpool fans deserve a lot of credit for the win over Shrewsbury Town.
In the run up to the game we saw Twitter fuming at Jürgen Klopp for refusing to show up to the game with his senior squad.
The gaffer insisted that the Premier League had instructed him to respect the winter break, that’s all he was doing.
With the gaffer putting Neil Critchley in charge of an U23 side, the club lowered ticket prices for the game.
The general consensus in the media was that this had become a nothing game, it was just the kids out there as placeholders.
Yet Liverpool fans still sold out Anfield to watch their side take on Shrewsbury Town.
Kopites flocked to the ground in their thousands to cheer on the young side and gave them tremendous support throughout the game.
After the full time whistle blew the youngsters headed towards the Kop and were serenaded by the appreciative supporters.
Given the circumstances surrounding the game: the midweek scheduling, the weakened side and the lower league opposition, Liverpool fans still gave it their all against Shrewsbury Town.
This was the biggest night of these young lads’ careers, the supporters helped make sure of that with their attendance and voice, they helped carry the youngsters over the line and the fans deserve a lot of credit for that.