Liverpool and Wolves may have to do battle all another time after their enthralling FA Cup third round clash at Anfield ended 2-2. The Reds were behind in the primary half after gifting Goncalo Guedes the opener but Darwin Nunez hit back for the hosts with an excellent finish to level things up.
Liverpool were back in business within the second half when Mohamed Salah steered the ball home within the box after Toti Gomes’ backwards header.
Wolves responded well though following a triple second-half substitution they usually got their rewards when Hwang Hee-chan levelled things up via a fortunate deflection.
The visitors then thought they’d won it when Gomes steered home in front of the travelling Wolves supporters however the goal was ruled out following a lengthy VAR check.
Express Sport runs through five things we learned on a rollercoaster night at Anfield.
Nunes shows Liverpool what they’re missing
Liverpool have been heavily linked with Matheus Nunes in recent weeks and it is simple to see why the Reds are intersted in bringing the energetic midfielder to Anfield.
He ran the show after entering the fray within the second half and totally exposed Jurgen Klopp’s rusty-looking engine room.
Nunes was all over the place and is seemingly press-resistant having motored through Liverpool’s midfield with ease.
The ex-Sporting man ripped the Reds apart and helped elevate Wolves’ performance to the subsequent level.
Julen Lopetegui might be forgiven for starting Nunes on the bench to make sure Liverpool didn’t get a better have a look at his quality, he was extraordinary.
Nunez silences haters
Darwin Nunez answered his critics by bagging an excellent goal for the Reds.
The Uruguayan’s wayward ending has been heavily scrutinised in recent weeks but Nunez had the answers here at Anfield as he fired Liverpool level.
Watching Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long lofted ball drop in behind the Wolves defence, Nunez steered it home expertly on the volley.
This was among the many hardest possibilities he has had in recent weeks but he showcased that he’s greater than able to find the web.
The goal will do his confidence the world of fine following several difficult matches since club football returned.
There was a rare lapse in concentration from Alisson as he gifted Wolves a shock opener but things would get even worse for the 30-year-old shot-stopper within the second half.
The Brazilian international has saved Liverpool on so many occasions this season but he dropped a rare clanger handy Goncalo Guedes a free goal.
Alisson was way too casual on the back and as a substitute of clearing his lines, played the ball straight to the grateful Wolves’ attacker, who buried his probability.
Andy Robertson was also furious with the Liverpool No 1 when he overhit a pass to the full-back and it went off the pitch.
The Scotsman was keen to get up his goalkeeper, who endured a rare off night. It’ll come as a blow to Caoimhin Kelleher, who was hopeful of getting some playing time within the FA Cup.
There was much more frustration within the second half when Hwang Hee-chan squeezed an equaliser under the body of Alisson via a deflection – summing up the goalkeeper’s tough afternoon.
Recent Gakpo partnership
This time last 12 months, Luis Diaz made quite the impression when he linked up with Andy Robertson on Liverpool’s left-hand side.
Now it was latest boy Cody Gakpo’s turn to strike up a bond with the marauding full-back and within the opening exchanges of the match, the signs were good.
Robertson was at the highest of the sport when working on the left flank with Sadio Mane and he also brought one of the best from the Senegal international.
He could possibly be key to helping Gakpo settle and though the Dutchman was quiet at times, he definitely brought a latest threat to Liverpool’s front three.
Gakpo might have time to decide on Merseyside but because of injuries to Diaz and Diogo Jota, he could possibly be thrust straight into motion.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was back to his best when it comes to playmaking as he whipped some glorious balls and passes into the Wolves box.
It was his stunning assist that put the ball on a plate for Darwin Nunez for the equaliser, although the £85million striker still had plenty to do before finding the goal.
Trent has lacked confidence this season and having only registered his first Premier League assist of the campaign on Monday, he now looks to have turned the corner in an attacking sense.
Here he was back to his best, swinging David Beckham-esque deliveries into the danger zone.
The England international still must sharpen up the defensive side of his game as Liverpool proceed to concede far too many goals.