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Liverpool stars react as youngsters defeat Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup

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Liverpool stars react as youngsters defeat Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup

Neil Critchley was in charge of a youthful Reds team.

Liverpool progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup last night with a 1-0 victory over League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.

The Reds won courtesy of a Ro-Shaun Williams own goal in the second half.

It meant that Liverpool’s young guns prevailed under the management of Neil Critchley.

Boss Jurgen Klopp and his first-team charges are currently on their winter break and chose not to be available for the replay.

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It proved a successful night for the young Reds who got more vital minutes, playing in front of a packed out Anfield crowd.

Following the game, several members of the first-team chose to head to social media to speak at their delight at the performance of the young team.

Central defender Virgil van Dijk was the first to tweet his gratitude at the team reaching the fifth round:

Trent Alexander-Arnold was next and he summed up the performance using just two words:

Andy Robertson was next and he too showed his appreciation to the club’s academy players:

 

Finally, reserve goalkeeper Andy Lonergan also tweeted and he had special praise for Caoimhin Kelleher.

The young Irish stopper kept a clean sheet on the night and Lonergan was delighted for his team-mate:

Liverpool’s under-23 outfit are back in action on Sunday when they face Sunderland.

Several of last night’s team will probably play and it will be back to reality for the FA Cup heroes.

The Shrewsbury win and performance should have given everyone a lift, however.

Critchley’s team defeated a team in the third tier, despite boasting very little in the way of experience.

The future looks bright for Liverpool and for Klopp.

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