The past couple of weeks have been shrouded in controversy for Liverpool. The Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury Town with the League One side forcing a replay. Jürgen Klopp was criticised for his refusal to show up to the replay at the request of the Premier League. Following the result at Anfield, the FA should be embarrassed by their actions.
This week saw Liverpool progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup, setting up a tie at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.
The Reds fielded a youth side with Jürgen Klopp and the senior team on a winter break at the request of the Premier League.
Many accused the gaffer of disrespecting the competition because he chose to pay attention to the league’s wishes.
There were a number of accusations and condemnations levelled at the club, from the choice of side to the lowering of ticket prices – they couldn’t get anything right apparently.
The FA acted petulantly by banning the game from broadcast, in our view a move designed to punish the club for their handling of the tie.
Despite all the controversy, the Liverpool kids put in a stellar performance and won the game 1-0.
Anfield was sold out and in fine voice as it watched the youth team progress. The FA’s refusal to allow the game to be broadcast served only to harm themselves.
Armies of fans around the world were desperately trying to tune in, the FA cut off their nose to spite their face with their decision.
The FA decision to not broadcast the game was also highlighted as a spiteful one by the entertaining performance that the kids put in.
The Reds hadn’t ‘disrespected the cup’, they obeyed their league’s direction and still put out a side capable of winning, they still sold out the ground. The FA sold out themselves.