Ruben Neves starred with an unstoppable strike as Wolverhampton Wanderers knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup, beating Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-1 at Molineux on Monday night. A James Milner error combined with Diogo Jota’s intelligence led to Raul Jimenez’s first-half opener.
The Reds equalised through Divock Origi in the second half, but were ultimately pegged back by Neves’ wonderful right-footed strike. Here are three things we learned from Liverpool’s shock FA Cup defeat to Wolves.
3. Wolves’ Understated Brilliance
Under Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolverhampton Wanderers have truly developed into a different kind of beast. They know just how to topple the odds and look good doing it. In all honesty, last night they didn’t produce the most convincing of performances, but still managed to nick an impressive win against the Premier League leaders.
The performance itself probably won’t make the Wolves boss very happy, but a spot in the fourth round should bring a smile on his face.
2. A Disjointed Liverpool
Judging the demands of the Premier League, Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, decided to give most of his first-choice players a day off. The German boss fielded a concoction of youth and reserve players, which, sadly, didn’t work as well as he’d hoped.
The team looked out of tune right from the first kick of the ball and that continued up until the final whistle. Their passing was off, defence looked out of shape and the attack offered very little apart from Divock Origi’s second-half goal.
1. A Blessing in Disguise?
After last night’s elimination, Liverpool now only have two major trophies to fight for – the Premier League and the Champions League. Having suffered a heartbreaking defeat to second-placed Manchester City in their last League outing, the Reds are likely to shift all their attention to guarding and hopefully, increasing their advantage at the top of the table.
Such an early exit from the FA Cup obviously isn’t something to be proud of; but considering the bigger picture, their misfortunes at Molineux might just turn out to be a blessing in disguise.