Liverpool advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup after defeating Wolves..
On Tuesday night, the Reds won 1-0 in their third round replay at Molineux. Harvey Elliott scored the only goal of the game, advancing Liverpool to the fourth round.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will now face Brighton away in the next round of the prestigious cup competition, as they continue their defense of the trophy. The match will take place on Sunday, January 29 at Amex Stadium.
A large number of national media outlets were present to witness Liverpool’s victory over Wolves. Here’s a summary of what they had to say..
“Jurgen Klopp must have recognized the significance. The lights went out around Molineux after only 20 seconds, and many thought the same would happen to Liverpool’s season.
“However, Klopp saw his team emerge from the darkness like a starburst, exploding with a performance full of their old characteristics. Harvey Elliott’s magnificent strike means they can defend the FA Cup for another round, but there was something even better for Liverpool’s manager.
“It would be a nonsense to suggest, suddenly, electricity was surging through this team (unlike the Molineux generators) but here was a base to build from, a base formed with all the virtues Klopp adores such as lots of running, plenty of tackling and old fashioned graft..
Wolves will be disappointed with the outcome of this match – they were unlucky not to win the first meeting on Merseyside – but Klopp will not dwell on the past, as Liverpool won a cup tie at this venue for the first time since 1923.
Elliott will always remember Molineux as the place where, as a 16-year-old, he became the Premier League’s youngest player in May 2019. Images from that day are in the family album, and there was another moment in the 13th minute that needed to be preserved for posterity.
“Jurgen Klopp got the reaction he wanted and the reward he desired..
Liverpool will return to Brighton, the scene of their Premier League thrashing on Saturday, after holding off a determined but toothless Wolves to secure a fourth-round trip to the Amex Stadium.
“The Liverpool manager wanted another bite at Brighton simply to show a different face to Roberto De Zerbi and his team after the 3-0 defeat he described as one of the worst of his managerial career.
He got it thanks to an outstanding first-half strike from Harvey Elliott, who lit up the game with a blistering 25-yard shot, and a tenacious performance as Wolves pressed for an equalizer throughout the second half..
Julen Lopetegui’s team had added motivation after being denied victory in the first meeting at Anfield due to a contentious offside decision. They had the motivation and the majority of the ball, but lacked the finishing touch..
Liverpool proved they are still a major force in the FA Cup on a night of strange sounds in the BBC studio.
“The sound at the end of the night was Liverpool fans singing You’ll Never Walk Alone and singing in praise of Jürgen Klopp, while Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters were still railing at the referee, Andre Marriner.
“Despite huge late pressure from Wolves, Liverpool held on for their first clean sheet in eight games..
Caoimhin Kelleher once again impressed in goal, Ibrahima Konaté was outstanding in defense, Thiago Alcântara lit up midfield, and Harvey Elliott set up a fourth-round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion.
This was the reaction Jurgen Klopp desired following the Brighton debacle, and while he plans Liverpool’s future, there is always room for the past.
“James Milner was 37 this month but was the leader and calming influence Liverpool desperately needed at Molineux, winning tackles and proving there is no substitute for experience when times are hard.
“Milner will coach Liverpool’s academy youngsters later this week and he remains an invaluable part of Klopp’s squad, even if his playing days may be coming to an end.
He was Liverpool’s captain for the evening, and as he walked off the field in the final third of this FA Cup replay, Klopp greeted him with a bear hug.
“With Harvey Elliott’s spectacular 13th-minute strike, Liverpool recorded their first clean sheet since the League Cup tie against League One club Derby County on November 9. Wolves have been eliminated from both cup competitions in the space of a week, and head coach Julen Lopetegui can now concentrate on avoiding relegation to the Championship..
Finally, there was some relief for Klopp, whose Liverpool team will now travel to Brighton in the fourth round later this month. Milner’s importance here cannot be overstated, despite the fact that this is only his third start since the end of October.
“Klopp had warned his players that he would toss loyalty aside in an attempt to save Liverpool’s season from disintegrating further, making eight changes here to the team humiliated by Brighton. With the club 10 points off the top four and reeling from a “really bad” defeat on the south coast on Saturday, the summer cannot come soon enough..
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