Liverpool VS Wolves LIVE Football Score 17/01/2023

Liverpool VS Wolves LIVE Football Score 17/01/2023

Liverpool are set to make changes to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup third-round replay at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed. The boss stated the Reds will ‘go as strong as we can’ at Molineux, but some alterations to the teamsheet are anticipated given the close proximity to the defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “We [will] go as strong as we can, but it always depends on the situation you are in and that means when was the last game and stuff like this. Not all players who played in the last game are available now, for different reasons. “Yes, we will make changes, that’s clear. But it is good as well. What I mean is [we will be] as strong as we can because we want to win the game. We obviously now need fresh legs. The easy thing is for me to sit here and tell the boys, ‘Pretty much with the game at Brighton you put us in this situation, so let’s have a look how you can get us out of that again.’ But that would mean I’m out of responsibility and I cannot; I just can’t.

“We have to make decisions about the line-up and we will, we will make changes, that’s clear. Three days after the last game, I think that makes absolute sense. Then we will go.” Asked how Liverpool’s injured players were progressing in their recoveries, Klopp added: “[There is] progress with all. Darwin is very close, but it’s Monday and tomorrow is the game, [but] he’s very close. “Millie and Stefan trained fully. Millie was on the bench [at Brighton] and Stefan is now available again. That’s it.” At risk of seeing their FA Cup title defence end at the first hurdle, Liverpool travel to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in their third-round replay on Tuesday night. Julen Lopetegui’s men came away from Anfield with a 2-2 draw in the first meeting between the two clubs, but they would have been aggrieved not to have sealed qualification there and then. Wheeling away in celebration and taking the booking for the shirt-stripping for nothing, Wolves centre-back Toti thought he had knocked holders Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Anfield on January 7, only for the offside flag to be raised and VAR to fail to come to his rescue.

Prior to the camera angle-related controversy, Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah, Hwang Hee-chan and Goncalo Guedes were all on target in a Merseyside thriller, handing Wolves a second bite at the cherry in their bid to send one of the big boys packing. Still fighting the fight in one knockout competition, Wolves were dumped out of the EFL Cup quarter-finals by Nottingham Forest four days after holding Liverpool, but their return to top-flight duties ended in a crucial 1-0 success over West Ham United on Saturday thanks to Daniel Podence’s sweet strike. Having ended a four-game run without victory in all tournaments, 16th-placed Wolves have given themselves a bit of breathing space in the Premier League table – sitting two points clear of the dotted line – and finding the back of the net in their last four games is a welcome turnaround for the goal-shy Molineux crop.

Wolves have only suffered two third-round eliminations in the FA Cup since 2016, although both of those came via defeats in replays following opening stalemates, and Liverpool make the journey South with more than just one point to prove. Being forced to witness possibly the “worst game” of his managerial career, Jurgen Klopp cut a particularly gloomy figure as his side were outfought, outclassed and simply torn to shreds at the home of Brighton on Saturday afternoon, conceding three goals without reply. Somehow getting to half time at 0-0, the floodgates opened soon after, as the man for the moment Solly March struck twice before Danny Welbeck completed the humbling of the Reds, who can forget about a top-four charge for the time being as they battle to even salvage their European status entirely. Now languishing in ninth in the table and seven points adrift of the top four, Liverpool are now without victory in three successive games in all tournaments and have shipped an alarming eight goals in that time – extending their run without a clean sheet in all tournaments to seven games.

The reigning FA Cup champions have only suffered one third-round elimination in the past 11 seasons, although that did come at the hands of Wolves in 2018-19, and the West Midlands side also sent the Reds packing in round four of the 2016-17 edition. However, not since that FA Cup loss in 2019 have Liverpool come out on the wrong end of the scoreline against Wolves – winning seven on the bounce in the league before this month’s draw – so Klopp’s negative feelings on replays may soften slightly if history favours those in red. Still without long-term absentees Chiquinho, Sasa Kalajdzic, Pedro Neto and Boubacar Traore, Wolves continue to sweat over the fitness of Diego Costa, whose knock kept him out of the win over West Ham at the weekend. Goncalo Guedes was also left out of the squad, but Lopetegui confirmed that was a tactical choice. After picking up an apparent problem in the win over West Ham, experienced midfielder Joao Moutinho will need further assessment, and Lopetegui is sure to consider some alterations ahead of a trip to Manchester City at the weekend.

Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez are ready to freshen up the forward line if Lopetegui opts to take that approach. As for Liverpool, the Anfield doctors are working with a few long-term injury victims themselves, as Virgil van Dijk, Arthur, Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota all remain out of contention. Darwin Nunez’s unspecified issue also kept him out of the loss to Brighton and threatens his participation in this one, but teenage midfielder Stefan Bajcetic should recover from a hip problem in time and could force his way into the XI over Fabinho. Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas and Fabio Carvalho should also be considered for recalls after a miserable day at the Amex, but calls for Ben Doak to be introduced into the first XI may fall on deaf ears.

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