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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wolves Oust Liverpool from FA Cup with shock 2-1 win, inflicting third consecutive Anfield defeat


  • Defender Richard Stearman put Wolves in front inside the first minute of the game with a close-range header
    Andreas Weimann doubled Wolves' lead later in the first half after rounding Loris Karius and slotting home
    Jurgen Klopp's side suffer third consecutive Anfield defeat inside a week as Championship side progress
    Divock Origi cut the deficit when he thumped home from close range in the dying minutes at the Kop end


    Wolves caused a major FA Cup upset at Anfield to complete one of the worst weeks of Jurgen Klopp’s managerial career.

Klopp had said he wanted Paul Lambert to leave Anfield empty-handed but instead it is Liverpool whose prospects this season are now beginning to look threadbare.
As the Championship strugglers celebrated a famous win by doing the Icelandic thunderclap in honour of their substitute, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Liverpool were left contemplating a third defeat at Anfield in seven days; a run that has seen them bow out of two cup competitions and leave their Premier League title prospects dangling by a thread before Tuesday’s clash against Chelsea.  
Andreas Weimann rounds Loris Karius after being put clean through on goal and slots into the empty net for Wolves
Andreas Weimann rounds Loris Karius after being put clean through on goal and slots into the empty net for Wolves
Andreas Weimann produces a no-look finish after rounding the Liverpool goalkeeper to put Wolves 2-0 up at Anfield
Andreas Weimann produces a no-look finish after rounding the Liverpool goalkeeper to put Wolves 2-0 up at Anfield
Weimann celebrates after scoring the third goal of his career at Anfield to send the Kop silent on Saturday afternoon
Weimann celebrates after scoring the third goal of his career at Anfield to send the Kop silent on Saturday afternoon
Weimann is embraced by team-mates Conor Coady, Nohua Dicko and Helder Costa after doubling Wolves' advantage
Weimann is embraced by team-mates Conor Coady, Nohua Dicko and Helder Costa after doubling Wolves' advantage
Richard Stearman steers the ball past Karius with his head to give Wolves a first-minute lead at Anfield
Richard Stearman steers the ball past Karius with his head to give Wolves a first-minute lead at Anfield
The Wolves defender celebrates in front of the Kop after stunning the home side inside the opening 60 seconds
The Wolves defender celebrates in front of the Kop after stunning the home side inside the opening 60 seconds
The Championship side celebrate their opening salvo as Liverpool made a nightmare start at Anfield on Saturday
The Championship side celebrate their opening salvo as Liverpool made a nightmare start at Anfield on Saturday
Wolves boss Paul Lambert clenches his fist in celebration on the touchline after seeing his side take an early lead
Wolves boss Paul Lambert clenches his fist in celebration on the touchline after seeing his side take an early lead
The Wolves fans celebrated the early opener in the lunchtime kick-off at Anfield by chucking a flare onto the pitch
The Wolves fans celebrated the early opener in the lunchtime kick-off at Anfield by chucking a flare onto the pitch

MATCH FACTS 

Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius 6; Randall 6 (Coutinho 45 6), Klavan 6, Gomez 6, Moreno 5.5; Ejaria 7 (Can 74), Lucas 5.5, Wijnaldum 6; Woodburn 6, Origi 6.5, Firmino 6 (Sturridge 65 6.5)
Subs not used: Mignolet (Gk), Milner, Can, Stewart, Wilson
Goalscorers: Origi 86
Booked: Wijnaldum
Wolves (4-5-1): Burgoyne 7, Coady 7, Stearman 7, Hause 6.5, Doherty 6.5; Weimann 7 (Mason 77 6), Evans 6, Edwards 7, Saville 6, Costa 8 (Ronan 67 6); Dicko 6 (Bodvarsson 71 6)
Subs not used: Lonergan (Gk), Batth, Enobakhare, Gibbs-White
Goalscorers: Stearman 1, Weimann 41
Booked: Stearman, Hause, Evans
Referee: Pawson 6
Klopp gambled on picking a young and inexperienced team with Roberto Firmino the only outfield survivor from Wednesday night’s EFL Cup semi-final exit against Southampton.
Within 53 seconds, he might have been regretting it as centre-half Richard Stearman headed Wolves in front with a rare goal, albeit one that looked marginally offside. After 41 minutes, the manager definitely was rueing his team selection when Andreas Weimann scored a classic counter-attacking second.
Klopp called for the cavalry in the form of Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can but it was too little, too late. Despite 80 per cent possession, Liverpool took an hour to register their first shot on target and it was not until the 86th minute that the visitors’ rookie 20-year-old goalkeeper, Harry Burgoyne, was beaten by Divock Origi.
Try telling Wolves the Cup doesn’t matter. Their normally reserved manager was an animated fireball of energy and celebrated his side’s second goal with a full-blown touchline jig and punch to the air.
The Scot has never lost at Anfield and won a Champions League game as a player with Klopp’s former club, Borussia Dortmud.
He did a total number of the celebrated German on Saturday and in winger Helder Costa had the outstanding individual on the pitch. The Portuguese set up both goals and when he came off having played for most of the game with a bad ankle, the travelling fans chanted ‘Sign him up’ — a reference to him being on loan from Benfica.
‘I feel responsible for this performance. I thought we could do better,’ said Klopp after watching a line-up including three teenagers and a right-back, Connor Randall, who hadn’t played this season, crumble. ‘I don’t feel they let me down — I am the one responsible for the line-up.’  
The Liverpool players show their frustration on the pitch as they face up to a shock fourth round FA Cup exit to Wolves
The Liverpool players show their frustration on the pitch as they face up to a shock fourth round FA Cup exit to Wolves
Divock Origi thumped home from close range after being set up by Daniel Sturridge to deliver a tense finale on Saturday
Divock Origi thumped home from close range after being set up by Daniel Sturridge to deliver a tense finale on Saturday
Wolves winger Helder Costa takes a tumble in the penalty area as he shapes to shoot under pressure from Ben Woodburn
Wolves winger Helder Costa takes a tumble in the penalty area as he shapes to shoot under pressure from Ben Woodburn
Wolves winger Costa managed to get a shot on goal but Liverpool goalkeeper Karius was equal to it
Wolves winger Costa managed to get a shot on goal but Liverpool goalkeeper Karius was equal to it
Karius makes himself big and blocks the effort on goal by Jon Dadi Bodvarsson as Wolves aim for a third goal
Karius makes himself big and blocks the effort on goal by Jon Dadi Bodvarsson as Wolves aim for a third goal
Alberto Moreno takes the ball past goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne but runs the ball over the goal line in the process
Alberto Moreno takes the ball past goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne but runs the ball over the goal line in the process
Costa clutches his knee after crashing into the advertising hoardings in front of the Kop as he chased a loose ball
Costa clutches his knee after crashing into the advertising hoardings in front of the Kop as he chased a loose ball
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino grapples with Wolves' Matt Doherty as he ploughs into the penalty area
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino grapples with Wolves' Matt Doherty as he ploughs into the penalty area
Lambert’s tactics of letting Liverpool have the ball and catching them on the break worked to perfection, aided by taking an early lead.
‘I thought if the young players could thrive on the atmosphere rather than fear it, we would have a chance. I thought we deserved it. On the counter-attack, we were incredible.’
Liverpool had not lost at Anfield for a year until Swansea shocked them last weekend. Now they’ve suffered a hat-trick of defeats in front of The Kop in seven days, with Klopp admitting: ‘We’re short of confidence, not flying.’
They weren’t overblessed with good fortune for the opening goal, either. After Alberto Moreno had fouled Dave Edwards, Costa took the free-kick from a different place to where the foul had been committed and Stearman peeled away at the far post to head in, a fraction offside.
It didn’t stop the wild celebrations among the players or eight thousand travelling fans. Stearman was a fitting goalscorer as well, he spent seven years at Molineux earlier in his career and returned on loan from Fulham last summer. It was his first goal of any kind since 2014.
Liverpool did have some experience on the pitch, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Lucas, but the setback left them rattled.
Costa went on a rampaging run past four opponents and was only stopped by a last-ditch tackle from forward Ben Woodburn, who somehow found himself Liverpool’s last line of defence.
At the other end, referee Craig Pawson waved away penalty appeals when Ovie Ejaria was blocked off by Stearman. Liverpool went on to have a few more shouts during the afternoon but they looked increasingly dubious.  

Georginio Wijnaldum holds off Wolves midfielder James Saville during the early stages of the game on Saturday
Georginio Wijnaldum holds off Wolves midfielder James Saville during the early stages of the game on Saturday
Spanish left back Alberto Moreno takes a tumble under pressure from former Liverpool youngster Conor Coady
Spanish left back Alberto Moreno takes a tumble under pressure from former Liverpool youngster Conor Coady
Costa races forward on the counter-attack for Wolves while holding off pressure from  Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria
Costa races forward on the counter-attack for Wolves while holding off pressure from  Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria
Liverpool captain for the day Lucas Leiva stretches to challenge Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards for the ball
Liverpool captain for the day Lucas Leiva stretches to challenge Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards for the ball
Liverpool youngster Ejaria looks to take the ball forwards as he wards off the attentions of Wolves' Lee Evans
Liverpool youngster Ejaria looks to take the ball forwards as he wards off the attentions of Wolves' Lee Evans
After 41 minutes, Liverpool’s attack broke down on the edge of the Wolves penalty area and two passes later, it was in Loris Karius’ goal for Wolves’ second. Again, Costa was the main provider. He received a pass from Matt Doherty, easily advanced past a stumbling Moreno and slid a pass into Weimann, who rounded the Liverpool goalkeeper easily to score.
It was the Austrian’s first start and goal for Wolves, having signed on loan from Derby earlier in the month to be reunited with his former Aston Villa boss Lambert.
Klopp responded by sending on Coutinho at half-time and later introduced Sturridge and Can.
The barrage of pressure never truly came though, a sign of how they are missing Sadio Mane at the African Cup of Nations.
Ragnar Klavan missed the target after Firmino had flicked on a Woodburn free-kick while Coutinho tried a couple of pot-shots, registering Liverpool’s first effort on target, so late in coming it brought ironic cheers from both sets of fans.
Only when Origi lashed in Sturridge’s header across the box from close range late on did Liverpool believe. Their only clear-cut chance after that also fell to the Belgian whose finish was blocked by Burgoyne’s right leg on the line.
Meanwhile, Wolves nearly made it 3-1 at the other end with a three-on-one break and then Lucas clearing off the line from Bodvarsson.
Liverpool have won only one of their eight matches in 2017. From being the most attractive team in the country, they look like attacking recluses right now.
Chelsea are in town next and from chasing a possible treble a week ago, Liverpool may only have a top-four place to go for between now and the end of the season. In an appeal to the fans, Klopp admitted: ‘We need everybody now.’
Wolves striker Nohua Dicko sprints forward with the ball away from Liverpool defender Moreno
Wolves striker Nohua Dicko sprints forward with the ball away from Liverpool defender Moreno
Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the Liverpool lineup and dropped England striker Daniel Sturridge to the bench
Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the Liverpool lineup and dropped England striker Daniel Sturridge to the bench
Klopp shows his displeasure on the sidelines as Liverpool slipped to a two-goal deficit against Wolves at Anfield
Klopp shows his displeasure on the sidelines as Liverpool slipped to a two-goal deficit against Wolves at Anfield


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