Harvey Elliott’s early strike from distance gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Wolves of their FA Cup third-round replay at Molineux to arrange a tie in opposition to Brighton within the subsequent spherical.
It was Brighton who beat Jurgen Klopp’s aspect within the Premier League on Saturday however a much-changed Liverpool line-up ended a run of three video games and not using a win in all competitions. Wolves pushed onerous within the second half however couldn’t discover an equaliser this time.
The first tie at Anfield had been controversial. In that sport, Wolves had a possible late winner disallowed for offside that would not be checked by VAR due to a lacking digicam angle and this contest started in equally unusual circumstances with an influence minimize.
Adama Traore was about to ship a cross into the field when the lights went out. It was not lengthy after the restart that the ridiculous made method for the chic, Elliott’s rasping long-range strike catching out the backtracking Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa.
Wolves: Sa (4), Lembikisa (5), Collins (6), Toti (6), Jonny (6), Hodge (5), Neves (8), Moutinho (6), Traore (7), Jimenez (6), Ait-Nouri (6).
Subs: Nunes (7), Semedo (7), Podence (6), Cunha (7).
Liverpool: Kelleher (7), Milner (7), Gomez (7), Konate (7), Tsimikas (7), Bajcetic (7), Thiago (8), Keita (6), Elliott (8), Carvalho (7), Gakpo (6).
Subs: Salah (6), Jones (6), Phillips (6), Doek (6), Fabinho (6).
Player of the match: Harvey Elliott.
Liverpool performed with higher fluency within the first half and got here near a second just for the flag to go up after Fabio Carvalho put the ball within the internet. Although Raul Jimenez had a close-range header deflected over late on, the guests didn’t want the second.
A rematch with Brighton now looms.
Klopp: We received the response we wanted
After being demolished 3-0 on the Amex on Saturday – with Klopp calling it the worst efficiency of his managerial profession – the German was delighted along with his aspect’s response on Tuesday night time.
“Everybody received that response, it was the response we wanted to indicate,” he stated after the third-round replay win. “The sport was utterly completely different to final time. I’m actually proud of that. All the person performances had been good.
“It was good and I stated to the boys after the sport that is the way it feels once you play effectively and win. That’s why we’re fairly pleased.
“It was a very good sport, we solely get into the following spherical however we wished to go to the following spherical, it was an essential signal that these items are attainable.
“There’s an enormous sport developing on the weekend (in opposition to Chelsea), if we had performed one other sport just like the final one I’m unsure what individuals would have thought earlier than they arrived on the stadium.
“We had been compact, collectively and we had good challenges. We performed actually good soccer and scored an distinctive objective. Harvey noticed one thing not lots of people have seen. I would not have anticipated a shot in that second.”
Wolves made two adjustments to the crew that drew at Anfield first time round with first-choice goalkeeper Jose Sa coming in alongside the skilled Joao Moutinho.
Only Ibrahima Konate, Thiago and Cody Gakpo retained their locations for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp dropped regulars together with Alisson, Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson to the bench.
Analysis: Klopp sees his crew once more
Whether it was happiness or aid, it was onerous to inform, however Klopp is in a greater temper after witnessing this response from his squad to that determined show at Brighton. Beaten 3-0 on the south coast, the sense was of a bunch not capable of do the fundamentals.
That is why it will have happy him. “We had been compact, we had been collectively,” he stated within the press convention afterwards.” He started by mentioning Elliott and teenager Stefan Bajcetic however ended up mentioning the lot. “All the person performances had been good.”
With a giant sport in opposition to Chelsea developing on Saturday, some perception has been restored. “Tonight was an essential signal for us that these sort of issues are attainable. If we had performed a sport just like the final one I’m not certain what individuals would have thought.”
This was a makeshift crew in some respects. It isn’t the template now. “I do not assume after one sport this would be the crew for the following eight weeks or something like that.” But Klopp will hope that the applying could be repeated – and the debacle at Brighton by no means is.
Asked for his ideas on the prospect to avenge that end result within the FA Cup on the finish of the month, he resisted the temptation to supply some tub-thumping response. An understated reply did the trick. “I believe the thought is that we attempt to do higher than final time.”
Lopetegui pissed off by cup exit
“Looking on the two matches, we deserved extra. We have scored extra targets than the opponent within the first match. All of you realize why,” Wolves supervisor Julen Lopetegui stated.
“We undergo a wierd objective within the first half. We begin taking part in effectively within the first minutes. After we undergo emotionally. We have been out of the match till half-time. We modified some issues. In the second half they put all of it on the pitch, a giant effort, character, character. Unfortunately for us, we did not rating.
“We had a giant [dream] to proceed within the cup. Now we’ve to place 100 per cent the concentrate on the Premier League. Today we misplaced and I’m unhappy.”
Wolves had been at the very least capable of affirm the signing of Pablo Sarabia from Paris Saint-Germain simply earlier than kick-off and the hope can be that the skilled winger could make a distinction for Lopetegui’s crew within the ultimate third of the pitch.
“Sarabia is an efficient participant,” stated the Wolves coach.
“I do know him. I believe he’s in an excellent second in his profession. He goes to assist us to get our predominant intention to be out of the relegation [zone] of the Premier League. It goes to be a really onerous process however we’ve one participant extra to assist us.”
FA Cup fourth-round attract full
Preston vs TottenhamSouthampton vs BlackpoolWrexham vs Sheffield UnitedIpswich vs BurnleyManchester United vs ReadingLuton vs GrimsbyDerby vs West HamStoke vs StevenageBlackburn vs BirminghamWalsall vs LeicesterSheffield Wednesday vs FleetwoodManchester City vs ArsenalBristol City vs West BromBrighton vs LiverpoolFulham vs SunderlandBoreham Wood or Accrington vs Cardiff or Leeds
Victory sees Liverpool arrange a fourth-round conflict at Brighton on Sunday January 29; kick-off 1.30pm.
Before that for Liverpool is a conflict in opposition to Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday January 22; kick-off 12.30pm.
Meanwhile, Wolves journey to Manchester City, additionally on Saturday January 22; kick-off 3pm.