Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s performance in beating Wolves

‘It was the reaction we needed’: Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool’s reaction to Brighton defeat in win over Wolves after making EIGHT changes… and praises Harvey Elliott’s ‘extraordinary’ winner at Molineux

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised his side’s recovery powers after they got past Wolves in the FA Cup.

Harvey Elliott’s first-half stunner booked a fourth-round trip to Brighton as the defending champions kept their defense alive with a 1-0 win.

The Reds were demolished 3-0 at Amex in the Premier League on Saturday – Klopp called it the worst performance of his managerial career – but believes his side have reacted at Molineux.

Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool's bounceback ability in the 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux

Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool’s bounceback ability in the 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux

“Everybody got that reaction, it was the reaction we had to show,” he said after the third round replay. “The game was very different from last time. I’m really happy with it. All individual performances were good.

“It was good and I said to the lads after the game, that’s what it feels like when you play well and win. Therefore we are very satisfied.

“It was a good game, we’re only going through to the next round but we wanted to go through, it was an important sign that these things are possible.

“We have a huge game coming up this weekend (against Chelsea). If we played another game like the last one, I’m not sure what people would have thought before arriving at the stadium.

Reds boss Klopp said it was the

Reds boss Klopp said it was the “reaction we needed” after Saturday’s dismal defeat by Brighton

“We were compact, together and we had good challenges. We played really good football and scored an outstanding goal. Harvey saw something that not many people have seen. I didn’t expect a shot at that moment.”

After a brief floodlight failure in the opening seconds, Liverpool calmed down and Elliott won after 13 minutes.

Rayan Ait-Nouri’s shot was blocked and the visitors quickly advanced onto the field, with Thiago Alcantara finding Elliott in his own half.

The England Under-21 star ran unhindered before catching Jose Sa out of position and punching the squirming goalkeeper from 25 yards.

Klopp also praised Harvey Elliott after the young midfielder scored the game's only goal

Klopp also praised Harvey Elliott after the young midfielder scored the game’s only goal

The Liverpool manager claimed he didn't expect the young midfielder to shoot if he scored

The Liverpool manager claimed he didn’t expect the young midfielder to shoot if he scored

Fabio Carvalho had chalked an offside goal and Cody Gakpo over-drilled as Liverpool came comfortably at half-time.

Wolves came out of the break with renewed energy, with Matheus Nunes and Nelson Semedo backing them off the bench, and they pushed Liverpool back.

But despite their best efforts, Wolves still struggled to create many meaningful opportunities – Liverpool’s organization and determination earned them credit – and Adama Traore fired over the goal from 18 yards.

Klopp’s men stood their ground and Matheus Cunha volleyed over before his header in stoppage time was collected by goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher on either side of Curtis Jones, who went almost a second.

Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui also admitted his sadness after seeing his side exit the FA Cup

Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui also admitted his sadness after seeing his side exit the FA Cup

“We are sad and frustrated that we are not continuing in the cup. If we look at the two games (including a 2-2 draw in the first game) we deserve more, but that’s football,” said Wolves coach Julen Lopetegui.

“It was a shame in that game because we suffered a strange goal in the first half. We started well, suffered emotionally after the goal and were out of the game until half-time.

“I wasn’t happy and we changed some things. Unfortunately we didn’t score a goal for ourselves. We had big ambitions to continue in the cup and now we have to focus 100 per cent on the Premier League.

“I hate losing and we lost so I’m sad. It’s not positive to be eliminated from the cup, ever.

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