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Jan 26, 2020 at 5pm UK at ​Greenhous Meadow
Attendance: 9,510
ShrewsburyShrewsbury Town
2-2
Liverpool
Cummings (65' pen., 75')
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Jones (15'), Love (46' og.)

Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts understands Liverpool stance on cup replay

Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts understands Liverpool stance on cup replay
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Shrewsbury fought back to secure a return fixture.

Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts has every sympathy with Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp after the German announced he would be “playing the kids” in their FA Cup replay at Anfield.

Having squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2, the runaway Premier League leaders now face an unwanted second fixture against the League One side which will interfere with the club’s scheduled winter break.

Liverpool were not supposed to have a match between February 2 and February 14 but now have to host the replay on February 4.

And as Klopp has been a huge critic of the packed schedule and the demands it places on players, he has no intention of fielding his first-team stars.

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While that may play into Shrewsbury’s hands, Ricketts can see his point.

“I fully understand Liverpool’s position, they are fighting on all fronts for trophies and every three days they are there to get shot at,” he said.

“This was our cup final and we will have another one at Anfield, whereas for Liverpool it is just another day.

“I understand that point of view. They are fighting for the Premier League, fighting for the Champions League and at some point those players need a rest.

“I can’t read too much into it, we’ll see nearer the time.”

While the replay may be just another day for Liverpool, for Shrewsbury it is enormous both from a financial and prestige point of view.

The Shrews were well worth the draw at home.

“I saw the scorelines and I was thinking ‘4-0 Man City, 6-0 Man United…hold on a minute there haven’t really been any upsets here so we best try to do something,’” added Ricketts.

“What I was really hoping for at 2-0 down was to maintain belief in the game-plan and maintain our belief in what we were trying to do in the game and hope something went our way and it did.

“Once the penalty went in it was a little bit of a free-for-all to be honest. If we had won it then obviously it would have been (his best day as manager).

“It was there to be won but we drew and we thoroughly deserved at least a draw and I take a lot of satisfaction out of it.

“I am just delighted we played our part because the FA Cup is magical for sides like us. We’re a club that likes to punch above our weight and we will continue to try to do so.

“The first club to do safe-standing behind the goal, we do things nicely and it is a good club, well-run.”

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1Liverpool27261064174779
2Manchester CityMan City27183668293957
3Leicester CityLeicester27155754272750
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd27118841291241
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs2711794436840
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27101072925440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2791263832639
9Arsenal2781363936337
10Burnley27114123339-637
11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2766153248-1624
19Watford2759132443-1924
20Norwich CityNorwich2746172451-2718

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