Shrewsbury Town slam Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after he ‘ruined a wonderful moment’ by publicly stating he and his first-team would not attend their FA Cup fourth round replay as Reds fielded U23s side which affected League One club’s financial rewards
- Shrewsbury have slammed Jurgen Klopp for not attending the FA Cup replay
- The Liverpool manager stated publicly he and the first-team would not present
- They think his comments resulted in the game not being picked for TV coverage
- The club said this made for a lesser occasion and affected their financial rewards
- The League One side made a complaint to the FA but their case was dismissed
League One club Shrewsbury Town have slammed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after he ‘ruined a wonderful moment’ by deciding he and the first-team would not attend their FA Cup fourth round replay.
The third tier club came from 2-0 down to earn a draw and date at Anfield with the Premier League side but a frustrated Klopp announced Under-23’s manager Neil Critchley would stand-in.
The Reds fielded their youngest ever team with the starting line-up having an average of 19. But Critchley’s side were victorious with a 1-0 victory.
League One Shrewsbury Town slammed Jurgen Klopp for not attending their FA Cup replay
A frustrated Liverpool boss publicly stated he and the first-team would not be there at Anfield
Shrewsbury had claimed an unlikely replay at Anfield after coming from 2-0 down at home
Klopp made the decision because the replay was due to take place in the Premier League’s ‘winter break’ and several of his stars jetted off for a week of rest.
But Shrewsbury believe Liverpool broke the rules by not fielding their strongest team and made a complaint to the FA but the governing body dismissed their claim.
They also think the reverse fixture was not picked for television coverage because of Klopp’s comments following the first game, which they claim had a significant impact on the financial rewards they received from the game.
The club believe Klopp’s comments resulted in the game not being picked for TV coverage
Neil Critchley took charge for the fixture and fielded an Under-23’s side who were victorious
The club outlined their anger in a club statement following the curtailment of the League One season on Tuesday.
‘You will recall our incredible come back in the FA Cup Fourth Round tie live on BBC with Liverpool to draw 2-2 back in January.
‘Immediately following the match, the Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp ruined what should have been a wonderful moment for our Club by making public statements that he and all of his first-team would not attend the replay at Anfield, effectively ruining what should have been not just financially but for the players and fans a wonderful achievement and a very special occasion.
The Reds played their youngest ever side with an average age of 19 as they claimed a 1-0 win
‘We struggled to believe that his statements had no effect on the replay being televised and we are convinced that LFC broke the FA Cup rules by not “fielding their strongest team” in the return fixture which had a knock-on effect of STFC not getting anywhere near the financial rewards that were to be expected from an FA Cup Fourth Round replay including a potential live TV fee against the World & European Champions and Premier League Champions (elect).
‘In February we put a complaint in to the FA about the alleged rule breach but unfortunately and quite unexpectedly we were informed that this was dismissed last week (four months on).
‘This without doubt resulted in a much lesser occasion for our players and fans as well as the financial reward that would have been expected from LFC playing their strongest team and abiding by the FA Cup rules.’
Shrewsbury complained to the FA after believing Liverpool broke the rules by were dismissed
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