Klopp may be extra keen to win FA Cup tie after FA complaint against Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may be extra keen to see his side beat Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup after the two sides were paired together once again on Monday evening.

The Reds will face the League One outfit at Anfield in the third round of this season's competition, with the tie due to take place on the second weekend in January.

It is the second time the two clubs have been drawn against each other in the last three seasons, following a fourth round meeting during the 2019-20 campaign.

Liverpool needed a replay to make it through to the next round on that occasion after the Shrews held the then European champions to a 2-2 draw at home.

The Premier League side graciously opted to forgo their share of the gate receipts from the initial clash, allowing Shrewsbury to bag a cool £70,000.

But that kind act was soon forgotten in the build-up to the replay when Klopp decided that he and his first-team would not attend the second clash at Anfield.

That prompted a furious response from Shrewsbury, who even complained to the FA.

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Their complaint was dismissed, a decision the Shrews decried in a club statement that also took aim at Liverpool and Klopp.

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It read: "You will recall our incredible come back in the FA Cup Fourth Round tie live on BBC with Liverpool to draw 2-2 back in January.

"Immediately following the match, the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ruined what should have been a wonderful moment for our club by making public statements that he and all of his first-team would not attend the replay at Anfield, effectively ruining what should have been not just financially but for the players and fans a wonderful achievement and a very special occasion.

"We struggled to believe that his statements had no effect on the replay being televised and we are convinced that LFC broke the FA Cup rules by not "fielding their strongest team" in the return fixture which had a knock-on effect of STFC not getting anywhere near the financial rewards that were to be expected from an FA Cup Fourth Round replay including a potential live TV fee against the World & European Champions and Premier League Champions (elect).

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"In February we put a complaint in to the FA about the alleged rule breach but unfortunately and quite unexpectedly we were informed that this was dismissed last week (four months on).

"This without doubt resulted in a much lesser occasion for our players and fans as well as the financial reward that would have been expected from LFC playing their strongest team and abiding by the FA Cup rules."

Liverpool fielded their youngest ever team in the replay at Anfield with the starting line-up having an average age of 19.

With Klopp absent, Neil Critchley took charge as the Reds edged through to the fifth round courtesy of an own goal from Ro-Shaun Williams.

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