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Shrewsbury vs Liverpool: Can the Shrews emulate 2003 FA Cup tie which noticed them beat Everton and wonderkid Wayne Rooney?

Shrewsbury vs Liverpool: Can the Shrews emulate 2003 FA Cup tie which saw them beat Everton and wonderkid Wayne Rooney?


Big killings are what offers the FA Cup the ‘magic’ label it’s had over its 139-year historical past.

However there haven’t been any that might be advised for years to come back in 2020, nonetheless, that might change this weekend.

Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp might discipline his children after they face Shrewsbury on Sunday
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The remaining 32 groups participate within the fourth spherical, one of many standout ties seeing Premier League leaders Liverpool go to League One aspect Shrewsbury City on Sunday.

It’s possible Jurgen Klopp will relaxation quite a lot of his first-team gamers as Liverpool are targeted on profitable the Premier League which provides the League One aspect an enormous alternative to trigger an upset.

Even then it will likely be a tall order. Klopp fielded a really youthful line up of their final FA Cup match however they obtained previous an skilled Everton aspect at Anfield.


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Shrewsbury should consider they’ve an opportunity of profitable and may take inspiration from a earlier Shrews squad that did a quantity on Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals again in January 2003.

talkSPORT.com takes a deeper have a look at the sport that Sam Ricketts’ males might be hoping to emulate.

Precisely 80 locations separated Shrewsbury, who had been within the equal of League Two at that time, from the Toffees going into the third spherical tie.

The Shrews had been really managed by former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe, who gained the Cup with them in 1984.

However he did a quantity on his outdated membership as two objectives from veteran striker Nigel Jemson gave Shrewsbury a well-known win. Jemson’s first strike was sensational, curling a 25-yard free-kick inside Richard Wright’s submit.

Jemson’s strike beat the Everton wall earlier than flying into the web
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It seemed as if the guests, who had a younger Wayne Rooney representing them, had been off the hook when Niclas Alexandersson equalised within the second half.

Nonetheless, Jemson obtained on the scoresheet as soon as once more with a header to spark wild celebrations at Homosexual Meadow.

After the sport, Ratcliffe stated: “Within the final minute I might have been pleased with a draw and was fascinated about going again to Goodison and hoping they didn’t break and get a winner, then we go and get it.

“It’s undoubtedly my greatest second in soccer administration… I can’t even describe it in the meanwhile.”

This was most likely Rooney’s worst second within the FA Cup
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Steven Jagielka, the older brother of future Toffees captain Phil, was really enjoying for Shrewsbury that day.

Shrewsbury had been knocked out within the fourth spherical, shedding 4-Zero at dwelling to Chelsea and had been additionally relegated out of the Soccer League months later however that win over Everton nonetheless lives lengthy within the reminiscence of Shrews followers.

There isn’t as huge a spot between Shrewsbury and Liverpool by way of league locations however the Reds have seemed unstoppable all through 2019/20 and are unbeaten of their final 40 Premier League matches.

So if Shrewsbury had been to come back out on high on Sunday then this may certainly higher that magic win over Everton 17 years in the past.

Will there be a brand new set of heroes Shrewsbury followers can look again on?
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