Normally at this time you would have my ratings report to read gratefully. However, after struggling to find a stream for fifteen minutes, then watching for ten minutes with English commentary but constant buffering, I finally settled on a Periscope with Arabic commentary.
The perk of this was pretty much no buffering to the stream. The disadvantage was low quality visuals and Arabic commentary meant I struggled to identify any player that wasn’t named Curtis Jones or Harvey Elliott.
With all things considered, I decided that any ratings could be unfairly skewed, so that I would give an alternative summary.
Instead, here are seven talking points from the game.
Pedro Chirivella deserves a move, if he wants one
Chirivella is 23 this spring and has shone amongst a group of under 20s when called upon this season.
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Arguably man of the match against the Shrews, and a composed, calming presence in the centre of midfield, if the Spaniard does choose to seek pastures new this summer, with a side who will play him more regularly, he should be thanked and allowed to flee the Anfield nest.
Set pieces were somehow effective
This is testament to the work of Neil Critchley and co. Shrewsbury fielded a much bigger side, yet Liverpool’s variation in set plays allow them to cause the League One side problems. The hosts had an insane fourteen corners in all.
Curtis Jones’ technique is crazy good
I counted four exquisite pieces of skill from the Reds’ stand-in captain. My personal favourite was his nutmeg mid-turn towards the end of the first half, that won a free-kick by the corner flag. Class.
Harvey Elliott impressive once again, but…
With Liverpool breaking through in injury-time to form a four against one on the Shrewsbury goalkeeper, Elliott forced a through ball, which was overhit, and prevented the Reds killing the game off.
You cannot complain when a 16-year-old is playing at Anfield, but imagine if Shrewsbury had snatched an equaliser!
Still, he’s class.
Neco Williams = Trent Alexander-Arnold Jr?
The young Welshman was one of Liverpool’s greatest attacking threats throughout the game, with two shots almost nestling in the bottom corner.
If that wasn’t ‘Trentish’ enough, his sweeping ball which led to the own-goal was completely reminiscent in terms of technique of our more senior right-back.
Adam Lewis solid on debut
Most of the other Reds tonight had had previous first-team opportunities (even if they had only arrived this year), but in his first senior appearance, the young left-back did not disappoint.
Ki-Jana and Sepp step up to the plate
Dutch duo Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg both struggled defensively when Liverpool drew 5-5 with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.
Here, though, the pair were assured in the centre of defence, earning a deserved and important clean sheet.