Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury: Conor Bradley sets up equalizer for Cade Gordon to make Reds history during FA Cup win

Seventeen-year-old Kaid Gordon became Liverpool’s youngest FA Cup goalscorer after Northern Ireland full-back Conor Bradley defeated Jurgen Klopp’s side on their way to a comfortable third-round 4-1 victory at home to Shrewsbury. was ready to be installed.

League One spectators threatened to be upset when, with just 15 percent possession, they took a 27th-minute lead through Daniel Udoh.

However, Gordon, who became the club’s second youngest scorer behind Ben Woodburn at 17 years and 96 days, soon reinstated the order.

Fabinho’s penalty put him in front just before half-time and substituted Roberto Firmino’s backwheel and another additional Fabinho strike sealed his progress.

But it was the quality of Gordon’s goal at the end of the coop that stood out as a youngster, an initial £1million signing from Derby a year earlier, scoring only on his second appearance.

Along the way he controlled a cross in a crowded area from Conor Bradley, one of the academy’s five players in the starting line-up, and prepared to bend his body and take a position ahead of goalkeeper Marco Marosi, who Believed in his inexperience.

If such a goal had been scored by Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane, both currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty, it would have received due praise for its execution and the youngster receiving a standing ovation for being replaced 10 minutes later. Happened. in confidence.

After the game, boss Jurgen Klopp urged supporters to be patient over Gordon’s development.

“There’s no doubt that Cade’s finishing line is exceptional, but everything else he’s still a kid,” Klopp said.

“He is really calm when he is in these conditions. I am not saying that he will always score in these conditions for the rest of his career but more often than not.

“He has a nose for it. I know he is the second youngest goalscorer for Liverpool, which is absolutely extraordinary, but there is a way to go.

“Never mind, Cade has time, he’ll have his minutes here and there.”

Fabinho sent Marosi the wrong way from the spot after an awkward handball from Ethan Ebanks-Landel, when challenged by Virgil Van Dijk, provided the base from which to control the rest of the game.

But it took them 44 minutes to reach that position as the opening stages were heavy in possession but lacking any real threat to a much-changed side, which was put together after a covid outbreak, which A 48-hour shutdown was forced. Team training complex.

Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold tested positive after a draw at Chelsea last week, but the right-back is expected to resume training in the next few days.

Liverpool’s youth quintet made up half of the outfield complement with Bradley, Gordon, Eliza Dixon-Bonner, Max Woltman and Tyler Morton making 15 Liverpool senior appearances between them – the latter accounting for seven of them.

Van Dijk (14) was the team’s top scorer, with just 12 in the front six, all scored by midfielders Curtis Jones or Fabinho.

This did not point to a particularly high-scoring case, so the presence of three first-team regulars in the last four – with Klopp back on the touchline after his isolation period – offered some degree of protection.


Fabinho nets twice for Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

Gordon forced the first save of the game, cutting Marosi to the right for a low dive on his near post, but it was the visitor – beaten by a young side here in a replay in 2020 – who had previously hit the nearly Half-and-half – hour of no ball.

Nathanael Ogbeta found space to the left to cross the pass post, where Ibrahima Konate saw it crossed for Udoh, suspected of an injury before the game, to set the house on fire.

Eight minutes later Gordon found the net and the dynamic changed, although goalkeeper Koimhin Kelleher needed to save a close-range header from Ryan Bowman to maintain the lead going into the gap.

Marosi’s point-blank block to Dixon-Bonner at the start of the second half kept the tie alive but Liverpool were able to bring on Takumi Minamino and Firmino, the scorers of their first Anfield goal in 13 months, to strengthen matters.

Former Glenvon winger Josh Daniels came in as a substitute for Shrewsbury in the 88th minute.

After the match, Klopp also brushed off fears about midfielder Thiago’s injury, as reports suggested he could be set to miss the rest of the season.

“He didn’t train this week, but we expect him to come back tomorrow for rehab material and then we’ll see,” the manager said. “It’s not like he’s out until the end of the season, not at all.”