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Kaide Gordon makes history as Liverpool book their place into the FA Cup fourth round to play Cardiff City

Liverpool had to come from behind to progress in the FA Cup beating League one Shrewsbury 4-1.

Kaide Gordon scored the equaliser making him the youngest goal scorer in the FA Cup at 17 years and 96 days for Liverpool with Sheyi Ojo previously holding that record.

Fabinho gave Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead before half-time from the penalty spot.

Roberto Firmino scored the third in the second half and Fabinho got the fourth in injury time.

The opening 15 minutes was a very uneventful between the two sides who have had recent history in this competition with an Ibrahim Konate header which went harmlessly over the bar being the only effort from either side. 

Gordon also had a strong penalty claim turned away from referee David Coote.

Several minutes later the talented youngster had the first attempt on target of the contest as he cut inside from the right flank to have his effort parried out for a corner.

Liverpool were dominating the ball but were struggling to create too much with it.

Then the FA Cup spirit decided to take control of the game as Shrewsbury mounted an attack together down the left and against the run of play took the lead.

Striker Daniel Udoh met the cross superbly and sent the away end into bedlam after some suspect Konate defending.

However, the FA Cup spirit must have soon left the stadium as in the 34th minute Gordon got his first senior goal.

Connor Bradley fired a cross into the box and Gordon took one touch then another to set himself before striking the ball past Shrewsbury goalkeeper Marko Marosi in front of the Kop.

Ten minutes later a penalty was given to Liverpool after Ethan Ebanks-Landell bizarrely stuck his hand up attempting to defend a cross stopping the ball from reaching Virgil Van Dijk.

Fabinho, who was the penalty taker whilst at Monaco, stepped up and scored his first spot kick for Liverpool to give The Reds the lead for the first time in the afternoon.

Shrewsbury did have half a chance to equalise before half-time after a second phase of a long throw but Caoimhin Kelleher eventually grabbed hold of the ball on the line.

The second half began with a change for Liverpool as Max Woltman, who started his first game for the club, was taken off for Takumi Minamino.

Jurgen Klopp’s team dominated possession and controlled the game in the second half limiting Shrewsbury to very few attacks with Kelleher not having anything to do.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner should have got the third on his first ever start for the club but Marosi denied him from close range.

It did take until the 78th minute for the cup tie to be put to bed and that was thanks to substitute Roberto Firmino scoring the most Roberto Firmino goal you will see as he backheeled the ball through the goalkeeper and defenders on the line.

In injury time Fabinho decided to get his first ever brace for the club as he fried the ball into the roof of the net after a free kick had been whipped in.

So, with thanks to the Brazilians and one of the youngsters Liverpool progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup and will welcome Cardiff City at Anfield.

It will be the first time those clubs have met in a club competition since the 2012 League Cup final.

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