Liverpool complaint ‘dismissed’ after Klopp ‘ruined’ FA Cup tie

Will Ford
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Liverpool will not face any action after Shrewsbury Town filed a complaint after their FA Cup clash in February.

The Reds selected a team made up entirely of Academy players for the fourth round replay at Anfield on February 4.

Jurgen Klopp was absent as then under-23s coach Neil Critchley took charge of the side who recorded a 1-0 victory.

Klopp had revealed immediately after the 2-2 draw in the first game at Shrewsbury on January 26 that none of his senior players would be made available for selection for the replay, as it would take place in the time set aside for Liverpool’s winter break.

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Shrewsbury missed out on a financial bonus after it was decided the replay would not be shown live on television, which their chairman Brian Caldwell believes was directly as a consequence of Klopp’s actions.

And Caldwell has now said Liverpool will not face any punishment – claiming the FA have dismissed the case.

“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,” said Caldwell, writing in an open letter on Shrewsbury’s official website.

“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 and 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.”