FA Cup fifth-round draw: Chelsea potentially face Liverpool

Chelsea, Manchester United and Man City are definitely in the FA Cup fifth round
Chelsea, Manchester United and Man City are definitely in the FA Cup fifth round (Getty Images)

Chelsea will potentially face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fifth round, while Manchester United will play Northampton or Derby.

The Premier League leaders were held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury Town on Sunday and must now beat the League One club in a replay at Anfield in order to progress.

However, Jurgen Klopp has caused controversy ahead of the replay by claiming that no first-team players will be available for the match, while he will be replaced on the touchline by the club’s under-23s coach Neil Critchley.

The fourth round replays are currently scheduled for February 4 and 5, which means they will take place during the Premier League’s newly introduced winter break which runs from February 2 to February 16.

FA CUP FIFTH-ROUND DRAW IN FULL

Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City
Reading or Cardiff v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Shrewsbury or Liverpool
West Brom v Newcastle United or Oxford
Leicester v Coventry or Birmingham
Northampton or Derby v Manchester United
Southampton or Tottenham v Norwich
Portsmouth v Bournemouth or Arsenal

‘I said to the boys already two weeks ago that we will have a winter break, which means we will not be there,’ said Klopp.

‘You cannot deal with us like nobody cares about it. I know that it’s not very popular but that’s the way I see it.

‘The Premier League asked us to respect the winter break. That’s what we do. If the FA doesn’t respect that, then we cannot change it. We will not be there.’

Elsewhere, Manchester City travel to Sheffield Wednesday, while Arsenal face a trip to Portsmouth if they beat Bournemouth on Monday evening.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham must beat Southampton in a replay to progress and they will face Premier League relegation battlers Norwich City in the next round.

The eight ties will be played across three midweek evenings between March 3-5 and will have no replays.

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