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Liverpool handed FA Cup third-round grudge match after furious Anfield bust-up

Seven-time FA Cup winners Liverpool will take on League One outfit Shrewsbury Town in the third-round of the competition they met in over two ties at the start of 2020

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Liverpool have been drawn against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup third round, reigniting perhaps the most unexpected rivalry in English football.

Shrewsbury find themselves 19th in the third tier and will of course be huge underdogs against a side many deem as the best in the world.

But Salop may have a little extra motivation following a tumultuous meeting in the same competition in 2020.

The two were paired together in the fourth round on that occasion, with the Shropshire outfit earning a replay after a spirited display at the New Meadow saw them draw 2-2 with the then European champions.

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Shrewsbury chairman Roland Wycherley celebrates during the 2-2 draw with Liverpool in 2020
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The Premier League side also opted to forgo their share of the gate receipts from the first clash, allowing the Shrews to pocket £70,000.

However, Shrewsbury chairman Roland Wycherley reportedly drew the ire of Liverpool officials, with the Daily Mail suggesting he intentionally mixed up Reds icons Sir Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush.

“At a stretch, it might have been funny once, but not all afternoon,” a witness said. “He was calling him his favourite Welshman and asking him what had happened to his moustache.”

It was then Jurgen Klopp’s turn for criticism after the replay, when he opted to name a team of Under-23s, with Neil Critchley leading the youthful side to a 1-0 win.

The report in the Mail adds that Shrews chief Wycherley was incensed at Liverpool’s decision to rest their first team stars, which along with a drop in admission prices he claimed had cost his club £500,000.

Sam Ricketts was the man in the Salop dugout back then and he echoed Wycherley’s comments.

“If you’re playing Liverpool’s first team, you’re generating £400,000, £500,000 or £600,000. On the back of this, it will be £100,000 to £150,000 or something like that,” he said.

“So, there is a massive difference there for a club like us where every penny counts.

Jurgen Klopp was slammed for his decision to send out a team of academy players in the replay at Anfield
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“That’s the biggest disappointment for us, that we will lack the revenue from the replay that historically, Liverpool away, would generate the club.

“What we’re going to get, it’s two very different things.”

It was also suggested that Wycherley let rip an X-rated, expletive-laden rant when he discovered Liverpool CEO Peter Moore wasn’t in attendance for the Anfield replay.

Wycherley, 78, who recently received an MBE for services to the community in Shrewsbury, will now have the chance to mend some bridges when his side have another crack at the Premier League giants in early 2022.

Plenty of time to research messrs Dalglish and Rush…

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