Former Liverpool captain and U18s manager Steven Gerrard has posted on Instagram following one of the most remarkable victories in the club’s history.
The Reds’ youngest-ever starting line-up beat Shrewsbury Town to set up an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Chelsea.
The Shrews came to Anfield looking for an upset. They got one. Only it was at the League One side’s expense with a Ro-Shaun Williams’ own goal enough to secure the young Reds the most miraculous of victories.
With the Reds’ senior players enjoying the inaugural Premier League winter break, U23s boss Neil Critchley led a side at Anfield containing seven teenage outfield players – and three – Liam Millar, Adam Lewis and Jake Cain – were debutants. The average age of the starting XI was 19 years and 102 days.
The captain on the night, Curtis Jones, was the youngest Liverpool have ever selected in a competitive game, and the young scouser wore the armband with ease following a superb performance. The Reds’ academy graduate is the club’s star of the future and is performance certainly merited that.
Jones’ former academy head coach Gerrard, now Rangers first-team manager, was watching the match from afar and was delighted to see Jurgen Klopp’s faith in the club’s youngsters vindicated.
Following the match, Gerrard took to Instagram to showcase his praises for the history-making youngsters. He said: Congratulations to the young redmen last night
Liverpool had thrown away a 2-0 lead in the previous clash to force a fourth-round replay as Liverpool reached the last 16 despite the absence of 22 senior players and manager Klopp.
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