An own-goal from Ro-Shaun Williams saw Liverpool record a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in their fourth-round FA Cup replay on Tuesday night.
The absence of first-team boss Jurgen Klopp meant that Under-23s manager Neil Critchley led Liverpool’s youngest-ever starting line-up into the contest.
Indeed, Klopp refused to be present at Anfield due to the winter break in the Premier League, which also meant that none of the club’s senior players were available.
In the end, though, Liverpool prevailed.
The one-goal success means that the European champions will take on Premier League rivals Chelsea in the fifth round of the competition.
Former Liverpool players Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy both expressed concerns when it became clear that Klopp would not be present for the clash.
Former England striker Gary Lineker took to social media after the full-time whistle, meanwhile, and claimed, presumably tongue-in-cheek, that all the pre-match “fuss” meant nothing in the end with the home side progressing.
Lineker’s tweet can be seen below:
Liverpool’s kids have beaten Shrewsbury. All that fuss over nothing.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 4, 2020