Liverpool out of FA Cup
Liverpool were knocked out from the FA Cup in the third round by the Wolverhampton Wanderers. Monday’s loss was the first time Liverpool suffered back-to-back defeats this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s squad rotation for Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat was let down by players who ‘failed miserably’ according to former England captain Alan Shearer.
Klopp made nine changes to his starting XI which included two teenage debutants and brought on a third after an early injury to Dejan Lovren. He later said he was forced to make changes due to a virus ruling a number of regulars out.
Klopp gave starts to Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho while Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Naby Keita and Divock Origi all lined-up at Molineux.
Shearer called Klopp’s approach a gamble. Speaking to BBC Sport he said “He’s looking to these guys to give him a performance – they failed miserably.”
Shearer later tweeted; “I was brought up watching Liverpool trying to win every trophy. Why should that change?”
Meanwhile, Klopp was fully aware of their downfall as he told BBC Sport; “It’s all my responsibility – they had no rhythm. There were not a lot of good decisions from me – that’s how the days are sometimes.”
Wolves took the lead before the break when Raul Jimenez fired in low following a mistake by James Milner. Portuguese attacking midfielder Ruben Neves scored the winner in the second half, with a brilliant strike from more than 30 yards.
"We close this game now and are looking forward to the weekend and the Premier League."@XS_11official is certain #LFC have the quality in the ranks to respond to their #FACup elimination when they return to @premierleague duty this weekend.https://t.co/9HLmpALzey
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 8, 2019
Despite Monday’s defeat, Klopp said: “It’s all good. Of course, we don’t want to lose football games but it’s nothing else.
“For us it was an unbelievably intense period, having played Arsenal and Manchester City.
“We saw after the City game four or five players got ill immediately. We tried everything and we wanted to give the boys confidence, but that didn’t really work out today. We’ve played worse, we’ve played better.”
Klopp will hope the missing players will recover from their illnesses in time for Liverpool’s next game at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.