Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton in their FA Cup replay was the response fans hoped for after the recent disappointing string of results.
Klopp fielded a heavily rotated side from the loss at Brighton on Saturday, this decision paid off when Harvey Elliot scored a screamer from deep outside the box in the 13th minute.
After taking the lead Liverpool looked like a rejuvenated side. The defense and midfield played with far more cohesion and energy than seen in recent matches. A pleased Klopp after the match said to the BBC, “It is my job to help the boys, and find a formation they can feel. But on the pitch the boys have to make it. I liked the game a lot.”
Credit must be given to the youngsters for the team’s renewed tempo. Stefan Bajcetic’s decision making and break up play made his presence known in the center of Liverpool’s midfield. The 18-year-olds performance also earned him Liverpool’s player of the match.
Harvey Elliot’s masterful strike from outside the box left goalkeeper Jose Sa with no hope. Elliot showed great work rate to track back and defend when required. His performance on the rightwing of Liverpool’s attack displayed his talents at his best and indicated that his optimoal position is on the wing.
Liverpool fans will be pleased to see Fabio Carvalho back in the side. Fabio looked bright on the ball, helping retain possession and pushing the attack forward on several occasions. Fabio will be disappointed to be flagged offside after converting Joe Gomez’s through ball before the end of the first half.
Ben Doak impressed after coming off the bench in the 75th minute. Doak showed his rapid pace and ability to be an out-ball for Liverpool in the last minutes of the game.
Its evident the team benefited immensely from the youthful energy lifting the side to a much needed victory and clean sheet. What does this mean for Liverpool’s next game?
Liverpool’s next match against Chelsea at Anfield in the Premier League is a decisive game for both teams’ seasons. Will we see any of these youngsters in the starting XI on Saturday?