Liverpool exits FA, focus shifts to Champions League & Premier League
Liverpool's 1-2 loss at Wolves meant their journey in the FA Cup has come to an abrupt end.
Raul Jimenez and Neves scored the winning goals for Wolves while Divock Origi scored the only strike for Liverpool. The focus now shifts to Champions League and Premier League for Liverpool.
Jonny broke down the right flank as Liverpool's defence line dropped deep allowing Wolves to counter. Jonny found himself in acres of space and tried a shot from 25-yards but his effort deflected off Moreno for a corner. The corner was dealt with incredibly by a new looking Reds back line in the 11th minute.
A good piece of defending by Wolves after Naby Keita spotted goal-bound Origi with a slick pass. Keita’s 20-yard pass found the Belgian but Boly was there to block the imminent danger presented by the forward's presence in the box.
Wolves capitalized on James Milner’s amateur mistake in his own half. The home side picked the ball with Jota finding Jimenez racing on the right flank, the Portuguese international fired past Simeon Mignolet in the 38th minute after Fabinho failed to close in on him as he made way towards goal. Milner, Liverpool's captain tripped again as he was all the man to clear the ball when it was clear Fabinho and Mignolet had been beaten.
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HT Wolves 1-0 Liverpool
"Liverpool is trying to pass the ball out from the back but, quite understandably given the changes, they look disjointed and are getting themselves into lots of difficulties because of Wolves’ pressing. Jurgen Klopp has some decent options on the bench but it could be too late if they do not start the second half well." Adam Bate observed Sky Sports during the encounter at the Molineaux.
Milner buried his sins that led to Wolves first goal by making a brilliant movement into the host’s area. His ball dropped for Origi who took little time to shift the left foot the ball before firing past R8udy for the equalizer in the 51st minute.
Reuben Neves doubled for Wolves just five minutes after the Reds had pulled an equalizer. Neves fired a low drive from 30-yards and Mignolet who had slightly left his area was beaten by the powerful shot that hit the bottom corner. It was a deserved goal by Neves who had been brilliant all along.
8 – Eight of Rúben Neves’ nine goals for Wolves have been from outside the box, with the other one coming from the penalty spot. Blast. #WOLLIV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2019
Shaqiri was denied by the woodwork as his sumptuous free-kick curled away from Wolves high-diving keeper but hit the post as it tried to find a way into the top corner. The free-kick was as a result of Danny Sturridge being fouled at the edge of the box at the 70th minute.
FT: Wolves 2:1 Liverpool
- In the six seasons, since they finished FA Cup runners-up to Chelsea in 2012, Liverpool has managed to get past the fifth round just once.
- Brendan Rodgers’ side lost 3-2 to Oldham Athletic in round three back in 2012/13, before Arsenal dumped them out at the fifth round stage the following season.
- The semi-final was reached in 2015 when Aston Villa prevailed at Wembley, while Klopp has been knocked out in the fourth round every time as Liverpool manager to-date.
- This will be the seventh FA Cup meeting between Wolves and Liverpool - Wolves have won four of the previous six, including the last such meeting in January 2017 (2- 1 at Anfield).
- Liverpool has been eliminated from five of their last seven FA Cup ties against fellow Premier League opponents.
Wolves are winless in their last six home FA Cup games (D2 L4), since beating Doncaster in a replay in round three in 2010/11.
- Liverpool hasn't been knocked out at this stage of the FA Cup since the 2010-11 season when they lost 0-1 against Man Utd.
Previous scores, scorers
Won 2-0 – December 2018 (Salah, Van Dijk)
Lost 2-1 – January 2017 (Origi; Stearman, Weimann)
Won 0-3 – January 2012 (Carroll, Bellamy, Kuyt)
Won 2-1 – September 2011 (Johnson OG, Suarez; Fletcher)
Won 3-0 – January 2011 (Torres x2, Meireles)