THE FA CUP

Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town: Preview

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After the midweek game against Arsenal in the EFL Cup semi-final was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the Reds squad, Liverpool will face Shrewsbury Town in the F.A Cup on Sunday afternoon. 

The fate of this encounter is still hanging in the air as this game might also get called off due to the same reason. However, as things stand, the game will take place. 

Meanwhile, Liverpool is currently sitting third in the Premier League table with 42 points in 20 games. And Manchester City is leading the race with 53 points in 21 games. Chelsea is second with 43 points in 21 matches. 

Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town:

These two sides have only met twice in the long history of this competition. And on both occasions, Liverpool came away victorious. Shrews lost five out of the last six occasions against a Premier League club in this competition. 

Meanwhile, the Reds have progressed nine out of the last 10 occasions from the third round of this competition. And the only defeat came against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 18/19 campaign. 

Shrewsbury have reached up to this round by winning two consecutive away ties against Stratford Town and Carlisle United this season. However, they have never won three games in a row away from home in the F.A Cup

Liverpool has only lost twice in their history of this competition against a team that are not in the top two divisions in the English football pyramid. One came against Norwich City back in 1908/1909 and against Bolton Wanderers in 1992/1993.

Liverpool results in the recent games: W-D-W-L-D

Shrewsbury Town results in recent games: L-W-W-D-W

Team News:

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita have departed for their international duties in the Africa Cup of Nations competition. On the other hand, Allison, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino will be out due to covid issues. Following more cases in the squad, it will be interesting to see who will be available in this encounter and who will be sidelined. 

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp was not on the sideline against Chelsea last weekend after testing positive for Coronavirus. And now the German’s assistant has also contacted the Covid-19. With the Reds having to shut down their training centre, it will be interesting to see if this game will take place or not. 

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