Liverpool vs. Wolves score, result, highlights as thrilling draw sets up FA Cup replay

Liverpool must get through a replay if they are to keep their FA Cup defence on track after being held by to a 2-2 draw by Wolves in a frantic game at Anfield.

The Reds were once again the masters of their own downfall early in a game as goalkeeper Alisson gifted Goncalo Guedes the opening goal by picking him out in the Kop-end box.

But Liverpool fought back to take the lead with Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah getting on the scoresheet courtesy of well-taken goals either side of half-time.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s side eventually evidenced their fragility that has become their hallmark this season, allowing Hwang Hee-chan to level it up just past the hour mark.

And they were fortunate to get away without conceding a winner, with a marginal offside call leading to a Toti goal being ruled out at the death.

That means the two sides must now meet again with a place in the fourth round at stake, though Wolves will believe themselves to have an advantage at home to a Liverpool side they outplayed for large stretches at Anfield.

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Liverpool vs Wolves final score

  1H 2H Final
Liverpool 1 1 2
Wolves 1 1 2

Goals:

WOL — Guedes — 26th min
LIV — Nunez — 45th min
LIV — Salah — 52nd min
WOL — Hwang — 66th min

Season could get ugly for Liverpool

Countless showdown meetings at Kirkby didn’t fix it, the World Cup-enforced break didn’t fix it, and clearly the signing of Cody Gakpo hasn’t fixed it, either.

At this point, it is frankly undeniable that this version of Liverpool is just a poor team for whom performances and results like this represent par.

With that in mind, how many more defeats might follow before the end of the season? And where could the Reds end up in the Premier League table as a result?

We are about to find out, with no further player additions expected in January, but potentially more pain for supporters.

Nunes shows Reds what they are missing

Matheus Nunes didn’t need to play that well to impress against a Liverpool midfield that has been bullied time and time again this season.

But the Portugal international did enough in his cameo to show that he would have improved things in that area of pitch for the Reds had they completed a deal that was there to be done over the summer.

He remains a possible target going forward, but FIFA rules means he cannot play for a third club in a single season and so can’t be signed in January.

That only compounds the error Liverpool made in failing to bring him in when they had the opportunity.

Gakpo the bright spark on a forgettable evening

If there was one upside for supporters on another terrible night, the performance of debutant Cody Gakpo was surely it.

The Dutchman was neat and tidy, looked to be physically ready for the challenges of English football, and was also involved in Salah’s goal.

That an understanding with Andy Robertson seemed to there from the off is also promising, as it suggests he has the chance of hitting the ground running.

That is exactly what Liverpool need as they look to drag themselves out of this woeful run of form.

Liverpool vs. Wolves live updates, highlights

Final: Liverpool 2, Wolves 2

Fulltime: It’s all over at Anfield and these two teams must do battle again for a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

88th min: Liverpool chance. Doak has a pop from the edge of the box, but he can’t generate enough curl with the outside of his boot to get it on target.

85th min: SUBS Liverpool. Three changes for Liverpool, with Salah, Alexander-Arnold and Gakpo making way for Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gomez and Doak.

Not a bad first outing for Gakpo, who looked lively enough and was involved in the Salah goal.

81st min: Disallowed goal. Goal… or not! Toti thinks he’s scored a late winner at Anfield but is flagged offside as he takes his shirt off in front of the away fans.

The defender had strayed marginally off moments before flicking the ball home from a wayward shot, as proven by a lengthy VAR check.

It’s more than Liverpool deserve. 

75th min: SUB Liverpool. Harvey Elliott coming on for Fabinho as Liverpool look to find a winner — that said they arguably look the more vulnerable of the two teams.

68th min: SUBS. More changes now, Keita replacing Henderson for Liverpool and Semedo taking Lembikisa’s place for Wolves.

66th min: GOAL Wolves! The substitutes combine to draw Wolves level!

Hwang drives at the Liverpool defence and slips in Cunha, who pulls it back for his teammate to finish — albeit via a slightly fortunate deflection.

63rd min: Yellow card Wolves. Jonny the first man in the book tonight as he trips Henderson in a promising position.

Wolves take the chance to make a triple sub, with Jimenez, Neves and Guedes making way for Hwang, Cunha and Liverpool target Nunes.

56th min: Chance Wolves. Big opportunity for Wolves!

Ait-Nouri gets in one-on-one and smashes his left-footed effort goalward, but he should do better than to aim it straight at Alisson, who is right behind the attempt.

52nd min: GOAL Liverpool! The home side get their noses in front and it’s Salah with the goal.

The Egyptian drags a Gakpo chip in behind out of the air at the Kop end and finishes coolly to hand the Reds a 2-1 lead.

Interestingly, that would have been called offside had Wolves defender Toti not made a genuine attempt to play the ball in heading it up and into Salah’s path.

51st min: A quiet start to the half, but Liverpool will be happy with that given how loose they looked in the opening 45 minutes.

46th min: No changes at the break as Wolves get the game back underway.

Halftime: Liverpool 1, Wolves 1

Halftime: Liverpool win a corner as Lembikisa does well against Robertson, but they won’t have time to take it.

All square at the break with Alisson’s gift to Guedes being cancelled out by a well-taken Nunez goal.

45th min: GOAL Liverpool! Klopp’s men produce their first moment of genuine quality in this half and they’re level!

The Reds reclaim the ball in the centre of the park and Alexander-Arnold clips a beauty of a ball in behind for Nunez, who meets it first time with an equally delicious left-footed finish that rolls into the far corner.

That is some finish for a player who is supposedly lacking in confidence.

44th min: Alisson clips a floated ball out toward Robertson but it’s too high and straight out of play.

The Scot is absolutely livid about it.

39th min: Traore squares up Konate on the right and beats him for pass before thrashing in a low cross that Jimenez just can’t get a touch to at the far post.

The visitors dominating this game since going ahead.

36th min: Chance Wolves. Guedes lets fly from distance but Alisson is equal to it and palms the ball away from goal.

33rd min: Konate gets across to cut out a ball in behind to Ait-Nouri, who would have been in on goal had he reached that.

Wolves doing what so many sides have done to Liverpool this season — bullying them in the centre of the park then getting the pass away quickly. 

26th min: GOAL Wolves! The visitors lead and it’s a courtesy of an absolute howler from Alisson!

Liverpool had already got away with a loose pass moments earlier, Thiago managing to win a 50/50 that should never have been on to poke the ball back to his goalkeeper.

But then Alisson simply passes the ball to Guedes, who probably can’t believe his luck as he quickly sidefoots home from close range.

20th min: Injury stoppage. Ruben Neves down receiving treatment — Wolves will hope that’s nothing serious for such a key player.

… And it doesn’t look to be as he returns to the field.

15th min: Chance Wolves. Matip is closed down by Guedes and gifts the ball to the Wolves striker in the Kop-end box but just about manages to get a recovery tackle in to force a goal-kick.

A let-off for the defender.

11th min: Chance Liverpool. Gakpo and Robertson linking up nicely on the left-hand side, most recently to allow the latter to put in dangerous low cross that is desperately cleared.

5th min: Chance Liverpool. Cody Gakpo gets his first shot away in Liverpool red, working a yard with a clever first touch and then hitting a left-footer at goal.

Unfortunately for the Dutchman, it’s straight at Sarkic. 

1st min: And we’re off!

10 mins from kickoff: And another debutant surveying the scene.

30 mins from kickoff: Here’s Liverpool’s new signing, who makes his debut this evening.

40 mins from kickoff: So, Liverpool go strong as they look to fight their way back to some semblance of form in what has been a disappointing season so far.

Wolves, meanwhile, not quite as weak as it been suggested they might go, but not quite full-strength, either.

1 hr from kickoff: The team news is in!

1.5 hrs from kickoff: It’ll be fascinating to see what sort of line-up Julen Lopetegui goes with tonight. The FA Cup is arguably just a distraction for Wolves this season as they bid to stave off relegation, but can their boss afford his players to lose the momentum they have built up with a heavy defeat here?

2 hrs from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs. Wolves in the FA Cup.

Liverpool vs Wolves lineups

Cody Gakpo makes his Liverpool debut as he is included in a strong starting line-up to face Wolves in the FA Cup third round. 

Jordan Henderson also returns after missing the defeat to Brentford with concussion, while Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip start in defence with Virgil van Dijk sidelined.

Liverpool lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Matip, Robertson — Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago — Salah, Nunez, Gakpo

Dexter Lembikisa makes his first Wolves start as he takes a place in a much-changed team for the trip to Anfield.

There are, however, plenty of big-hitters involved, with Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez also named in the starting XI by Lopetegui.

Wolves lineup (4-4-2): Sarkic (GK) — Lembikisa, Collins, Toti, Jonny — Traore, Hodge, Neves, Ait-Nouri — Guedes, Jimenez

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What time is Liverpool vs Wolves kickoff?

Liverpool play host to Wolves at Anfield in Liverpool, England. It kicks off at 8 p.m. BST on Saturday, Jan 7.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Kickoff time
USA 15:00 ET
Canada 15:00 ET
UK 20:00 GMT
Australia 07:00 AEDT*
India 01:30 IST
Hong Kong 04:00 HKT*
Malaysia 04:00 MYT*
Singapore 04:00 SGT*
New Zealand 09:00 NZDT*

*Game starts on January 8 in these time zones

Liverpool vs. Wolves live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territores:

  TV channel Streaming
USA ESPN+
Canada Sportsnet
UK ITV4 ITVX
Australia   Paramount+
New Zealand Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports , beIN Sports Connect
India
Hong Kong myTV SUPER
Malaysia Astro Go, Astro Supersport 4, sooka
Singapore

UK: The match will be shown on TV and streamed live by ITV.

USA: ESPN+ has live coverage of the game.

Canada: Sportsnet is streaming the third-round match.

Australia: Paramount+ is the place to watch the action in Australia.

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