Football: Third-tier Shrewsbury hit back to hold Liverpool 2-2 in FA Cup

Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones (centre) vies for the ball against Shrewsbury midfielder Sean Goss (left) during the English FA Cup fourth round football match on Jan 26, 2020.
Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones (centre) vies for the ball against Shrewsbury midfielder Sean Goss (left) during the English FA Cup fourth round football match on Jan 26, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

SHREWSBURY (REUTERS) - Premier League leaders Liverpool were given a huge scare by third-tier Shrewsbury Town as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 away in a pulsating FA Cup fourth round tie on Sunday (Jan 26).

A much-changed Liverpool appeared to be cruising into the fifth round for the first time since Jurgen Klopp took over in 2015, but Shrewsbury substitute Jason Cummins had the compact New Meadow stadium rocking with a memorable brace.

First he coolly tucked away a 65th-minute penalty and then he outpaced Liverpool's nervy back four to beat Adrian with a cool right-foot finish from the edge of the area.

Liverpool, who have been untouchable in the Premier League this season making a first title for 30 years almost inevitable, took the lead through teenager Curtis Jones after 15 minutes.

The seven-time Cup winners doubled their lead 28 seconds after halftime when Shrewsbury's Donald Love scored an own goal.

But European and world club champion Liverpool lost concentration and were punished as Shrewsbury roared back to set up a thrilling climax and earn a replay at Anfield.