Shrewsbury Town manager Sam Ricketts has taken aim at Jurgen Klopp by claiming his decision to play a weakened team in tonight’s FA Cup fourth round replay has cost his side £500,000.
Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw in the first game at New Meadow nine days ago, but following the game between the two, Klopp revealed that neither he nor any of his first-team stars will be taking part in the replay.
Liverpool’s Under-23 boss Neil Critchley will instead take charge of the fixture, with ticket prices being slashed to £15 for adults and £1 for kids as a result.
The tie was also snubbed for live coverage by the broadcasters leaving Ricketts to count the cost of Klopp's decision to rest his stars.
“It is huge. The revenue is vitally important for a club like ours who are self-sustaining,” the Shrewsbury Town boss said when asked about the impact the German’s decision has has on his side.
“For someone like us if we are playing Liverpool’s first team you are generating up to £600,000 as opposed to £100,000.
“At a club like ours every penny counts. That is the biggest disappointment that we will lack revenue.
“Historically you would say Liverpool away would generate a lot but what we are going to get is very different.
“It is an opportunity to build something that lasts us for 10-15 years and is a real legacy. That money could make the pitches better or mean we can get one extra player.”
Ricketts also revealed that his opposite number has already apologised to him for opting to rest his stars and says he accepts his decision as to why he has chose to do so.
“He did to be fair,” the Welshman replied when asked if Klopp has already apologised for his decision.
“I spoke to Jurgen after the first game and we had a real good conversation for 20-30 minutes or so.
“He was very open. He explained his thinking and I fully understand it. If you are promised a winter break you deserve a winter break.”
Should Shrewsbury prevail at Anfield tonight then they would face Chelsea in round five and Ricketts believes a game against Frank Lampard’s side will offer his club the chance to make up the revenue lost against the Reds.
“That would be the big revenue that potentially this Liverpool game would have been,” the former Welsh international added.