FA Cup: Plymouth Forces Liverpool To A Barren Draw
Liverpool face the prospect of a tricky FA Cup third-round replay against Plymouth Argyle after they were forced to a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
The sides met for the first time in any competition since April 1962 and although the Premier League team dominated possession and had the majority of the chances, they were unable to find the net.
Plymouth, who are second in fourth-tier League Two, will now host the seven-time winners at Home Park in south-west England later this month.
It will add to a congested January for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose team also have a two-legged League Cup semi-final against Southampton to contend with.
After a hectic festive period, Klopp decided to rest many of his first-choice players as he made 10 changes from the 2-2 draw at Sunderland in the Premier League.
He ended up naming the youngest team in Liverpool’s history, with an average age of 21 years and 296 days, which included a first start for teenage striker Ben Woodburn.
Liverpool’s English striker Daniel Sturridge (R) has an unsuccessful shot during the English FA Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Plymouth Argyle at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 8, 2017.
The 17-year-old became Liverpool’s youngster ever goalscorer in a League Cup victory over Leeds United in November. He drew the first save out of Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick with a low toe-poke from close range after clever play by Emre Can.
Divock Origi had the ball in the net for the Reds moments later after he brought down a high ball, but the Belgium international was deemed to have fouled Plymouth defender Gary Miller.
Liverpool controlled the play against a side 68 places below them in the English football pyramid, but the visitors were organised and reached the break on level terms.