Shrewsbury vs Liverpool preview

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Last Updated: 24/01/20 3:06pm

Jason Cummings celebrates Shrewsbury's win over Bristol City
Jason Cummings celebrates Shrewsbury’s win over Bristol City

Team news and stats ahead of Shrewsbury vs Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday (kick-off 5pm).

Team news

Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts has a full squad to pick from for Sunday’s FA Cup glamour tie against world-and-European champions Liverpool.

Ricketts must decide whether to give either of his January signings a debut in the televised fixture.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood and Shrewsbury
Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood and Shrewsbury

Blackburn defender Sam Hart, who has joined on loan for the rest of the season, was an unused substitute for Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Fleetwood.

On Monday, Ricketts brought in ex-Bolton midfielder Josh Vela on a two-and-a-half year deal after he was released by Hibernian.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is awaiting news of a scan on Sadio Mane’s hamstring injury. The Senegal international limped off 33 minutes into Thursday’s 2-1 win at Wolves.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists nothing has been decided in the Premier League title race
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists nothing has been decided in the Premier League title race

Asked if there was any news, the Reds manager said: “No. I think in this moment he is having a scan. He didn’t call me out of the scan.”

Klopp made a number of changes for his side’s 1-0 win over rivals Everton in the third round and will field another weakened team at New Meadow this weekend.

James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri will not be available but fellow midfielder Naby Keita could return after a groin injury which has sidelined him since the end of December.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win against Wolves
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win against Wolves

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  • Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool have only faced once previously, an FA Cup fourth round tie back in February 1996 – the Reds won 4-0 at Gay Meadow on their way to reaching the final that season.
  • Shrewsbury have been eliminated from the FA Cup by Premier League opponents in three of their last four seasons, losing to Man Utd in 2015-16, West Ham in 2017-18 and Wolves in 2018-19.
  • In the Premier League era, Liverpool have progressed from 15 of their 17 FA Cup ties against sides from outside the top two-tiers of English football, going out against Bolton Wanderers in 1992-93 and Oldham Athletic in 2012-13.
  • Liverpool are looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 2014-15, when they reached the semi-final.
  • Shrewsbury Town have lost just one of their last 17 home FA Cup matches (W10 D6), a 0-3 defeat against Manchester United in February 2016.

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Source : Sky Sports