Liverpool VS Wolves Live Football Match Score 18 Jan 2023
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.
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Sarkic; Semedo, Collins, Toti, Ait-Nouri; Hodge, Neves, Nunes; Traore, Jimenez, Hwang
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Konate, Tsimikas; Keita, Fabinho, Elliott; Salah, Gakpo, CarvalhoDespite being in a really poor place this season the bookmakers still have Liverpool down as favourites to advance from this round with the Reds odds on to get the job done inside 90 minutes. A Wolves win, however, is priced very similarly to that of the draw meaning that should things remain finely balanced there is a real chance Wolves tip the scales in their favour. The markets focussed on goals, however, are more clearly defined with goals the order of the day with most bookies!
Check out the predicted lineups ahead of Wolves vs Liverpool
Wolves are in a good run of form right now so won’t be looking to make mass changes to their lineup especially given that any major drop off in quality would hand their visitors a big advantage. A notable change from the first meeting between these two though is likely to be the inclusion of Hee-Chan Hwang from that start.
Predicted lineup – Sarkic, Jonny, Toti, Collins, Lembikisa, Ait Nouri, Hodge, Neves, Traore, Guedes, Hwang
This might only be a cup game but Liverpool have to find a result from somewhere and the manner of their loss to Brighton at the weekend piles pressure on them here. Expect a strong XI with the likes of Cody Gakpo included from the start alongside Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez.
Predicted lineup – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Keita, Thiago, Salah, Nunez, Gakpo
*Starting lineups are usually announced one hour prior to kick off.
Player to watch
Forget the form of Liverpool and remember what they can do on their day; Wolves will need to defend well to win this game and that is why we’re highlighting Nathan Collins as a key player. The 21-year-old centre back has been a regular fixture for Wolves at the back this year and a strong display from him here could help his side through. Statistically he’s strong too with 4.0 clearances and 1.6 tackles won per game.