Well here’s a sentence I never thought I’d type: Since the FA Cup had a hissy fit and refused to broadcast Liverpool‘s FA Cup replay vs Shrewsbury Town, I highly appreciate the Egyptian broadcast’s Periscope stream on Twitter.
Otherwise, there’d be no player ratings.
Credit to Liverpool supporters for selling out Anfield and coming out in full voice to support the young lads. I love this club.
The game was back-and-forth. Finishing was an issue for both teams. However, Liverpool really put the pressure on towards the end. An unfortunate own-goal by Ro-Shaun Williams sends Liverpool through 1-0. Up next, Chelsea.
Liverpool starting XI vs Shrewsbury Town
First though, here are the U23’s playing the match:
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Shrewsbury Town
Neil Critchley (8) – How do you judge this performance? I mean, we won. I like his time-killing subs at the end. I like that this squad “looked” like a Liverpool team. They played like one. He got the win.
Caoimhin Kelleher (7) – While I don’t think Kelleher will ever be our first team ‘keeper–I do like the kid. He’s mostly poised. Mistake free. While not seriously challenged, was under a lot of pressure. Clean sheet. Bag it and tag it.
Sepp van den Berg (4) – Aerial machine in the first half! Maybe he’s turning it around. Looks confident. Oh ffs nvm. Fails to mark his man and goal, Shrewsbury. But wait! VAR to the rescue! Seriously though, this kid’s f’in body language. Carries himself like he’s 17 years old or something. Definite improvement over his Villa performance in the Carabao Cup, but he’s still two years away from being two years away.
Ki-Jana Hoever (7) – He’s busy. Cleaning up a lot of Sepp’s messes (kidding kidding). But seriously, looks the better, more composed of the two.
Adam Lewis (7) – Unfortunately, “Adam Lewis” is a common name when you google it. Doesn’t look bad though! Does well dispossessing. Fires a shot wide in the 31st. Feels like Lewis and Williams are really driving the offense like a TAA and Robbo for the 90’s.
Neco Williams (9) – Love this kid. Really has first team potential. So good on his front foot. The one thing about watching an Egyptian language Periscope feed on Twitter is that you really get a sense for who is active. The announcers really like to say that person’s name. That person today is Williams. He’s errrrrywhere. Makes a great run in the 35th and just misses with a powerful shot. Gets another one off in the 40th. In the second half, it’s more of the same. Volleys one over the crossbar in the 47th. He’s got more shots than the rest of the squad combined.He then booms in the long pass that leads to the very embarrassing Shrewbury own goal. Liverpool up 1-0.
Pedro Chirivella (7) – Steady and does well distributing. The more I see Pedro the more I like. He’s not a killer. But a good steady presence. Feeds a great ball to Jones that could’ve led to a goal.
Jack Cain (6) – Not to be confused with Herbie Kane. First time seeing Jack. Look ok. By “ok” I mean, “will be sold to a Championship side this summer.” Good strike the 75th minute that hits the bar.
Leighton Clarkson (5) – Uhhhh. He played? Off in the 92nd for Morgan Boyes.
Harvey Elliott (7) – Elliott is such an exciting prospect. Always a threat. Very active and pacey. Only gets one good shot off today though, but celebrates the own-goal like he just won the World Cup for England. Off last minute for Dixon-Bonner.
Liam Millar (5) – Which one was he? What’d he do? Subbed out in the 82nd for Joseph Hardy.
Curtis Jones (7) – Today’s captain. Gets a free-kick on target in the 28th but saved comfortably. Good effort. Winning free-kicks in the first half like it’s a bonus money clause in his contract. Just misses a feed late off Chirivella and follows it up with another effort. Good showing overall but would’ve liked to have seen more production from this future first-teamer.
Joseph Hardy (NR) – Came on in the 82nd for Liam Millar.
Morgan Boyes (NR) – Time-killing stoppage time sub.
Elijah Dixon-Bonner (NR) – Time-killing final minute sub for Elliott.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Neco Williams 💯 – kid turned in an absolute boss performance.