Liverpool,s youngest team beat Shrewsbury to reach fifth round

Liverpool,s youngest team beat Shrewsbury to reach fifth round

Liverpool’s youngest-ever starting line-up beat Shrewsbury Town to set up an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Chelsea.

They edged past the League One side through Ro-Shaun Williams’ own goal.

With the Reds’ senior players enjoying the inaugural Premier League winter break, under-23s boss Neil Critchley led a side at Anfield containing seven teenage outfield players.

At 0-0, Shrewsbury had a Shaun Whalley goal disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Whalley thought he had given the Shrews the lead but his header was disallowed when VAR ruled there had been an offside in the build-up.

The visitors had come from 2-0 down to force a fourth-round replay but could not recover after defender Williams headed past his own keeper from Liverpool right-back Neco Williams’ cross.

Teenage kicks at Anfield

There were jubilant scenes on the pitch at the end as Liverpool reached the last 16 despite the absence of 22 senior players and first-team manager Jurgen Klopp.

The teenagers were given a standing ovation when they celebrated a hard-fought win in front of the Kop.

This was a game the Reds did not want, Klopp making it clear within minutes of the first meeting between the clubs ending on 26 January that he would not be asking his senior players to interrupt their winter break for the replay.

Instead the Reds fielded a team consisting wholly of players from the under-23 squad.

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