Liverpool booked their spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Under-23s boss Neil Critchley was in charge of proceedings due to Jurgen Klopp’s absence, and the club’s youngest-ever starting XI triumphed on Merseyside courtesy of an own goal from Ro-Shaun Williams.
Liverpool began with seven teenage outfield players with their first-team squad currently enjoying the Premier League’s first-ever winter break.
And The Athletic journalist James Pearce delivered his verdict at full-time.
Pearce said that it was “a remarkable achievement” from the runaway Premier League leaders due to the fact that 22 senior players were unavailable.
The Reds will now not be back in action until February 15 away to Norwich City in the Premier League.
Pearce’s tweet following the much-discussed clash can be seen below:
FT: #LFC 1 Shrewsbury 0: That’s a remarkable achievement from Neil Critchley’s youngsters. 22 senior players given the night off and no Klopp but Liverpool book their place in the last 16 of the FA Cup with a fully deserved victory at Anfield. Ro-Shaun Williams’ OG the difference
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) February 4, 2020