League One’s Shrewsbury Town will be keen to produce a classic cupset as they welcome Premier League leaders – Liverpool to New Meadow.
Liverpool are looking to progress beyond this stage for the first time under Jurgen Klopp, but face a stern test against a Shrewsbury team who have won just one of their last seven in all competitions.
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Scott Golbourne is a doubt for Shrewsbury after being subbed at half-time against Fleetwood Town last weekend with an unspecified injury.
Romain Vincelot (hip) and Ryan Sears (knee) are ruled out whilst new signings in Josh Vela and Sam Hart are available for selection.
Liverpool could have Naby Keita available for selection after missing the last month with a groin injury.
Adam Lallana (illness) and Dejan Lovren (hamstring) are also expected to feature if the trip pass late fitness tests.
Xherdan Shaqiri (knock) and James Milner (muscle) are close to a first-team thought but aren’t expected to be risked here. Sadio Mane (muscle) and Nathaniel Clyne (knee) meanwhile are ruled out.
- Shrewsbury Town have lost their only previous meeting with Liverpool which coincidentally came in this competition, losing 4-0 at home at this stage in February 1996.
- Liverpool are yet to advance beyond this stage of the FA Cup in four previous seasons under Jurgen Klopp, losing at this stage in three of those four seasons with the exception being a Third Round exit at Wolves last season.
- Shrewsbury have reached this stage on three previous occasions this century, despite progressing to the Fifth Round in just one of those three attempts.
- Liverpool have won just one of their last four FA Cup away trips, beating Plymouth in a Third Round replay in January 2017 (W1, D1, L2).
- Shrewsbury have conceded just once in three FA Cup games this season, conceding in a 1-1 draw with Bradford in Round One before winning the replay 1-0.
Many talk about the chances of a cupset here but sadly, I just can’t see it happening because Liverpool should be too strong irrespective of whether they’re at full strength or not.
That feeling will be boosted if Naby Keita, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all start alongside Takumi Minamino, as those players should be enough to help a youthful team out in terms of dominating this game.
Shrewsbury however have been difficult to beat over the last month so this will be another grinder, but I fancy Liverpool to come away with a clean sheet here.
Prediction: Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Liverpool
Result: Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Liverpool