The result of the Wolverhampton-Liverpool match, and the result, highlights Harvey Elliott’s stunning victory over the Reds
The result of the Wolverhampton-Liverpool match, and the result, highlights Harvey Elliott’s stunning victory over the Reds. Liverpool sealed their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the second attempt as they beat Wolves 1-0 in a replay at Molineux.
Harvey Elliott’s stunning 13th-minute goal secured Jurgen Klopp’s side a meeting with Brighton in the next round, ending a three-game winless run in all competitions.
Wolves dominated the two sides’ initial meeting at Anfield 10 days ago and were only denied what might have been a deserved win due to the VAR controversy in that game.
However, Wolves have struggled to threaten their opponents more frequently this time around, leaving them facing a cup exit which may not be a bad thing as they focus on avoiding relegation in the Premier League.
Wolverhampton vs liverpool final score
Liv – Harvey Elliott – 13 min.
Liverpool kids step up in pressure
With Liverpool arriving at Molineux without a win in three, the team’s selection to make eight changes opened up the possibility of another disappointing outing.
However, this hard-rotating side rallied to end this troubling run, with some of the Reds’ youngest stars the most impressive contributors.
Harvey Elliott capped off a lively performance with a superb winning goal, while Stefan Bagcetic was an impressive presence in central midfield.
Ben Doc showed once again why there is such excitement about his development when he came off the bench.
Klopp will be delighted to see his youngsters show what they are up to by thriving in such a pressured situation.
Choice headache awaits Klopp Liverpool
Naturally, the performances of said superstars, and in fact the more advanced important players, have given Klopp something of a selection headache to contend with.
Baghcetic and Naby Keita seemed the perfect partners for Thiago Alcantara in midfield, allowing the Spaniard to put on a classy show.
And that’s certainly more than can be said about Jordan Henderson and Fabinho lately, as the pair have struggled time and time again to implement their coach’s tactics.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see Klopp revitalize things for Chelsea’s visit to Anfield on Saturday.
Wolves focus on relegation battle
As for the hosts, they will be disappointed to lose an FA Cup match that would have been settled at Anfield had the VAR cameras been working properly.
However, there is one upside for Julen Lopetegui’s side to hang on to: they can focus fully on Premier League matters for the rest of the season.
Wolves may be out of the relegation zone after an upturn in form recently, but they still have a lot of work to do to secure a safety over the remainder of this season.
For this season at least, they can do without the distraction of deep jogging.
Wolves vs Liverpool As it happened, highlights
Final: Wolverhampton 0, Liverpool 1
FULLTIME: Neves attempts to clip set pieces over the top, but some desperate Liverpool defender ensures they hold on to claim victory.
Defending champion in the fourth round.
90 min (+5): Liverpool think they’ve won it when the referee blows the whistle, but it’s actually pointing to a free kick for Salah’s handball.
She is in a dangerous area…!
90th minute: Jones rolls Semedo inside out on the left side of the box and fires an agonizingly low shot wide of the far post.
Seconds later, Cunha is charging towards the target but can’t generate enough power to upset Keeler.
The 88th minute: Costa hits a ball for being in the penalty area after a nice pass from Wolverhampton, but he can’t keep the ball and hits it in the stands.
83′: Diego Costa will now replace Raul Jimenez as Wolves hope a change at the top will seal a late equaliser.
78th minute: A great opportunity for Wolves! Traore sends the ball to the far post and Jimenez meets it, but his header spins over the crossbar.
Indeed, replays showed that it had come from Gomez – a lucky slice for Liverpool.
76th minute: Bagsetik is unable to get rid of the spasm, so he has to make room for Fabinho.
And Doak, a young Liverpool player, will also replace Thiago.
73rd minute: Neves steps up to the free kick and kicks it towards the goal, but both are too high and too pivotal to really bother Keeler in the Liverpool goal.
The 72nd minute: Kona falls foul of Phillips on the edge of the penalty area after a quick break with Jimenez, and this is a reservation and a free kick in a dangerous area.
Wolves look more dangerous after they change.
Seventieth minute: Traore is on the right side on several occasions in quick succession.
The winger’s only problem is that he has found Liverpool’s header in place of Wolves once in a while to let the visitors off the hook.
65th minute: Podence and Cunha replace Moutinho and Johnny as Wolves make one last push to get themselves back in this game.
Then Liverpool make their own changes, with Salah, Jones and Phillips substituting for Jacobo, Carvalho and Milner.
63rd min: Keita slid in Gakpo after a great work from Thiago, but the Dutchman’s cushioned finish was saved by Sa…and the flag is up anyway.
The 59th minute: Tsimikas falls on the left side, but after his first cross is blocked, the ball hits him directly and goes out to the goal ring.
Both sides struggle to find that much charm in the final third (apart from Elliott’s brilliant opening).
56th minute: A beautiful exchange between Gakpo, Keita and Carvalho ends with the latter in the goal, but he cannot arrange his feet and is eventually sent off.
51st minute: Ait Nouri gets the end of a good cross to the left side, before Milner blocks his attempt to put it in the penalty area.
Wolves don’t make the most of the next corner either, but that quick switch-up in play can offer bonuses in this half.
46th minute: Liverpool resume the match.
Matheus Nunes and Nelson Semedo with Wolverhampton in the first half, with Joe Hodge and Dexter Lempikisa.
First half: Wolves 0, Liverpool 1
First half: Two minutes of stoppage time ends without a real incident and Liverpool lead 1-0 at the break.
43rd minute: Traore is the first man to see yellow tonight, after bringing down Tsimikas in the second half.
He may be referring to a number of similar errors from Liverpool players so far this evening that have not resulted in a booking.
40th minute: Traore quickly runs on a clip on top of Neves and explodes in the box, but makes a hash from the end, hitting it high and wide.
36th minute: Carvalho has the ball in the back of the net, but it won’t count.
The Liverpool youngster had deflected offside before catching Keita’s pass – not close, although it was good.
34th minute: Liverpool force Sa to pass the ball from a corner kick once it closes in groups.
Where has this pressing game been for most of the season?
29th minute: Jimenez enters on the right side and throws in a low cross, but he has no one to accompany him and Milner has time to drop the ball and pass it calmly.
The twenty-fifth minute: Liverpool’s movement is disrupted and Wolves are direct in the attack, with Konat forced to commit a foul to stop the counter.
The hosts threaten hard in the intermission and their opponents admit it by choosing the Dark Arts every time a space opens up.
17 min: Tsimikas explodes after a fine Liverpool transfer – they look confident after this stunning opener.
Thirteenth minute: Goal! What a blow from Harvey Elliott!!!
Ait Nouri fired a shot just inside the penalty area and moments later the visitors grabbed the ball into the net at the other end.
The Reds worked brilliantly up the field, with Thiago playing a key role, before Elliott cracked in from 25 yards out and darted the ball over SA and in.
The ninth minute: A few promising moments in quick succession for Liverpool.
The first sees Carvalho on the verge of finishing off Sa’s leak, before Gakpo gets a shot from long range after a good pass from Thiago.
Minute 5: This brief power outage means, as things stand, that VAR is not currently working at Molineux.
Let’s hope we avoid any controversial calls.
First minute: Wolves kick things and hit the front foot straight but then the floodlights go out as Traore lofts a cross in from the right!
Not a perfect start.
5 minutes after kick-off: Players out at Molineux – Can a much-changed Liverpool stop their poor form? Or will the hosts advance to the fourth round?
30 mins from kick-off: Diego Costa smiles as he steps off the Wolves team bus, but he will have to make do with a place on the bench tonight.
One hour before kick-off: Team news is in!
Wolves: Sa, Lembekisa, Collins, Totti, Johnny, Neves, Hodge, Adama, Moutinho, Ait Nuri, Jimenez.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Konate, Tsimikas, Bagcetic, Keita, Thiago, Elliott, Jakopo, Carvalho.
1.5 hours from kick-off: Liverpool will be hoping to avoid making it a treble tonight.
Two hours before kick-off: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the Wolverhampton-Liverpool match in the third round of the FA Cup. Julen Lopetegui’s side have been denied victory at Anfield in their first meeting due to VAR controversy, but they will be confident they can reach the fourth round tonight against the out-of-fit hosts.
Lineups match Wolverhampton and Liverpool
As expected, Klopp opted to make the changes, with only Kodi Jacobo, Thiago Alcantara and Ibrahima Konate keeping their spots from defeat by Brighton.
Darwin Nunez was also sidelined despite hopes he might have been fit enough to take a place on the bench after a hamstring problem.
Liverpool squad (4-3-3): Kelleher (goalkeeper) – Milner, Gomez, Konate, Tsimikas – Keita, Bagcetic, Thiago – Elliott, Carvalho, Jakopo.
Subs: Alisson, Fabinho, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Robertson, Matip, Phillips, Duak
Lopetegui has made just two adjustments to the line-up that nearly beat Liverpool at Anfield 10 days ago.
Goalkeeper Jose Sa and midfielder Joao Moutinho were the starting line-ups for Mateja Sarkić and Goncalo Guedes respectively.
Wolves squad (4-2-3-1) : Sa (goalkeeper) – Lembekisa, Collins, Totti, Johnny – Hodge, Neves – Traore, Moutinho, Ait Nouri – Jimenez
What time does the Wolverhampton-Liverpool match start?
Wolves host Liverpool at Molineux in Wolverhampton, England. It kicks off at 7.45pm GMT on Tuesday 17th January.
Here’s how that time translates across some key areas:
|United States of America||14:45 ET|
|United kingdom||19:45 GMT|
|Australia||06:45 AED *|
|India||01:15 a.m. IST|
|Hong Kong||03:45 Hong Kong time *|
|Malaysia||03:45 legend *|
|Singapore||03:45 SGT *|
|New Zealand||08:45 NZDT *|
* The game starts on January 18th in these time zones