Shrewsbury v Liverpool: Klopp's youngsters will tame Shrews

Dan Fitch thinks that Liverpool's fringe players are available at a big price in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury...

Shrewsbury 6.60 v Liverpool 1.52; The Draw 4.80
Sunday 26 January, 17:00
Live on BBC One

Salop land another huge cup match

Shrewsbury have a knack of landing cup ties against big clubs, but none come any bigger than Liverpool right now.
In recent years Shrewsbury have hosted the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves. Last season they caused an FA Cup fourth round shock when they drew 2-2 with Wolves at Montgomery Waters Meadow, before losing the replay at 3-2 at Molineux.
Another draw and a trip to Anfield would suit Shrewsbury nicely, though based on current form their chances appear remote. The Shrews have only won one of their last seven games (D4 L2) and are currently sixteenth in League One.
Shrewsbury's best chance could be for Liverpool to play a weakened since, but their manager Sam Ricketts has insisted that he would prefer the Champions League holders to name their strongest side.

Klopp will trust in his kids again

Judging by the team that Jurgen Klopp put out against Everton in the third round, it seems very unlikely that Ricketts will get his wish to face a full strength XI.
Despite the fact that it was a Merseyside derby in which Everton fielded their strongest side, Klopp put his faith in his youngsters and fringe players. It was Liverpool's 18-year old midfielder Curtis Jones who scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory, with a beautiful curling shot from outside the box.
Liverpool's fixture schedule suggests that the likes of Jones and the 16-year old Harvey Elliott will get another chance to impress. The club's first choice players were in action in the Premier League on Thursday night when they beat Wolves 2-1 and face another match on Wednesday next week against West Ham, as they hone in on the title.
Klopp will have to make at least two changes from the team that faced Everton. Their centre-back Nathaniel Phillips has joined Stuttgart on loan, while James Milner is definitely out with a muscle injury. Adam Lallana is also a doubt after missing the midweek trip to Wolves with an illness.

Another clean sheet for Liverpool

Liverpool are 1.55 to win, with the draw at 4.80 and a Shrewsbury win at 6.60.
That's a fairly generous starting price for Liverpool, considering their second string were good enough to beat Everton and also reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup. They were able to keep a clean sheet against Everton and that could be key to finding some value here.
Shrewsbury have struggled to score goals all season. In 25 league games they have only scored 24 times and you can back Liverpool to win to nil at 2.72.

Shrews can keep it tight

One area in which Shrewsbury have excelled is defensively. They have only conceded 28 goals in League One and this could be another low scoring victory for Liverpool.
Under 2.5 goals is 2.40Combine that with a Liverpool win and you get odds of 4.20. If you want to play things more cautiously, under 3.5 goals and an away victory is 2.40.

Origi gets chance to shine

Divock Origi is likely to lead the line for Liverpool and he looks a good price to find the net at 2.50.
Liverpool's new signing Takumi Minamino is 3.30 to score his first goal for the club. Jones is 3.70 to score another FA Cup goal.

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