Klopp has three stars ready to promote as Liverpool come back to beat Shrewsbury

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Liverpool survived a scare to progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-1 win over League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Injuries, Covid and players heading to the Africa Cup of Nations meant Jurgen Klopp was forced to name a youth-filled team though it was a line-up that still contained the like of Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

And it was Shrewsbury took the lead when Daniel Udoh’s run was not picked up and he fired in Nathanael Ogbeta’s cross, though Kaide Gordon got the Reds back on level terms eight minutes later.

Fabinho scored a penalty on the stroke of half-time to put the Reds in front, before substitute Roberto Firmino made sure of the win when he took a touch and backheeled in a third goal late on and Fabinho scored his second from a tight angle.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at three players who Klopp should promote to his first-team group…

Conor Bradley

Starting at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold hit by Covid, Conor Bradley was the most impressive player in an experienced Liverpool back four.

He supported attacks well, sending in several crosses, and provided the assist for Gordon’s equaliser.

Though the cross for Udoh’s goal came from the winger he was marking, Bradley was also solid defensively, winning two duels and making three recoveries.

Liverpool currently lack a back-up for Alexander-Arnold at right-back, but Bradley’s performance against Salop suggests that he could be the man to fill that role.

Who was Liverpool's man of the match as the Reds defeated Shrewsbury Town? Let us know in the comments section…

Kaide Gordon

The scorer of Liverpool’s equaliser was lively throughout the Cup clash and was the standout player in the Reds’ front three despite only being 17.

Gordon was frequently looking to get on the ball and helped to offer a way round Shrewsbury’s defensive lines.

He capped his performance with a well-taken goal, when he took a touch to turn away from his marker before firing a shot beyond Marko Marosi in front of the Kop.

With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah away at the Africa Cup of Nations, Gordon could provide the attacking option that will be needed to fill those absences.

Curtis Jones

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Arguably Liverpool's man of the match was Curtis Jones, who ran the game for Klopp's men in what will serve as a reminder to the Reds' boss of his talent.

Jones has found opportunities hard to come by this season, but his performance against Shrewsbury will leave many questioning why that is.

He had a pass success rate of an astonishing 97 per cent, won three duels and drew three fouls in an impressive display.

Klopp has struggled to find a balanced midfield in recent weeks, but Jones may have earned a recall to the Premier League line-up.

  • FA Cup
  • Jurgen Klopp
  • Liverpool FC
  • Shrewsbury Town FC

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