Curtis Jones could become Liverpool’s youngest-ever captain when the Reds face Shrewsbury Town in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp fielded a mixture of youth players and first-teamers just back from injury in the first game at Montgomery Waters Meadow last month, but the 2-2 draw meant the game will be decided in this replay at Anfield.
With Klopp deciding to stick to the first team’s original plan of taking the mid-season break, as directed to do so by the Premier League, the club’s U23 side and their manager Neil Critchley will be tasked with facing the Shrews in this second game.
It provides an opportunity for the young players, several of whom, including Jones, are themselves on the brink of breaking into the senior setup.
Pedro Chirivella captained the youth side which deputized against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup for the seniors who were at the Club World Cup in Qatar, but Critchley revealed prior to the game that the young Scouser could wear the armband on this occasion.
“Curtis has been our captain for the U23s this season, but wasn’t captain in the Aston Villa game because he was away at the Club World Cup,” said Critchley.