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Klopp paused before the match

Liverpool – Wolverhampton 2-2

Liverpool must go through a rematch against Wolverhampton in the FA Cup after playing 2-2 at Anfield against their Premier League counterpart on Saturday night.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to appreciate that much.

And before the match, he expressed his criticism of the matches that returned after they were removed during the Corona pandemic.

– The lifeline of small clubs can’t become big problems for clubs that play every three days. Klopp said in the pre-match press conference: We can’t solve all the problems by playing more matches.

Front trio: Liverpool started with a semi-great side against Wolverhampton. Played in front (from left) Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah and new signing Cody Gacbo. Photo: Phil Noble

Wolves took the lead through Goncalo Guedes against Liverpool, but the hosts made it 2-1 after goals from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah. Hee-chan Hwang tied the score at 2-2 and set up a rematch.

Klopp believes matches should have been removed from the third round, when the Premier League’s best clubs enter the tournament.

How often do small clubs advance because they get this extra game? I know money is involved, but you need to find workarounds for that. Nobody wants to kill the little batons. Klopp said they have the same right to be as excited as we are.

Klopp believes it should be decided by a penalty shootout if the teams are level after normal time.

Conclusion: Jürgen Klopp started with Cody Gakpo against Wolverhampton.  Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Conclusion: Jürgen Klopp started with Cody Gakpo against Wolverhampton. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Klopp mustered a strong squad against Wolverhampton. Liverpool’s latest signing, Cody Jaco from PSV, started the match on the left wing. It was the Dutchman who set up Salah’s goal.

– He entered the game more and more. The debut was not easy. We can’t expect her to be perfect, but he did show good tendencies. We have to put him in better positions, but that will come eventually, Jurgen Klopp told ITV after the match.

Wolves thought they had scored 3-2 at the end of the game. Wolves player Totti Gomez cheered heavily after he put the ball into the goal, but after using the video assistant referee technique, the goal was ruled out for offside.

The celebration was muted: Totti Gomez cheered wildly for what he thought was the 3-2 goal against Liverpool, but after VAR was used, it was ruled out for offside.  Photo: OLI SCARFF

The celebration was muted: Totti Gomez cheered wildly for what he thought was the 3-2 goal against Liverpool, but after VAR was used, it was ruled out for offside. Photo: OLI SCARFF

– I’m not sure about this goal. We have one shot where it might look like they’re sneaking up, but I can understand why they were so upset. We don’t want VAR to have just one corner, Klopp tells ITV.

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