Wolves 0-1 Liverpool
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay, Molineux
January 17, 2023
Goals: Elliott 13′
There is still plenty of work left to be done, but having booked a place in the fourth round, scored the opening goal and gotten back to winning ways for the first time since the New Year, the picture looks slightly rosier.
Elliott grabbed the goal to split the two sides, and 18-year-old Bajcetic continued to enhance his reputation with 75 minutes befitting of an experienced first-teamer.
At a time when the overall mood around the club isn’t at its highest, there were extremely encouraging signs that the future is bright in the hands of Liverpool’s most talented youngsters.
A wonderstrike as Elliott shines
He waited and waited as he brought the ball deep into Wolves’ half and assessed his options, then the 19-year-old blasted it past Jose Sa to put Liverpool in front.
It was an assured performance in a more advanced role for the youngster:
Harvey Elliott is 19 and people write him off. It's genuinely embarrassing.
He's a fantastic young player with a massive future – he will have bad games and be raw in aspects of his play because he's 19!
Believe it or not, Gerrard could be poor at that age, too. It's normal.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) January 17, 2023
Elliott looking loads better in the Salah position than he has in midfield lately.
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) January 17, 2023
Elliott has been getting a bad rap lately. Play to his strengths and he will shine
— LFCZA ?? (@LFCZA) January 17, 2023
Harvey Elliott.What about it. Sensational strike.
— Bolshevik Bannerman ? ?? (@TheLeftwaffe) January 17, 2023
Absolutely made up for Elliott! Great strike! #WOLLIV
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) January 17, 2023
A functional midfield
The midfield has been the topic on everyone’s lips throughout this recent run of form and results, but there were much more encouraging signs as the manager opted to freshen things up for the cup tie:
Would just play this midfield the rest of the season I think. 90 minutes every game.
— Phil Blundell (@PhilBlundell) January 17, 2023
klopp after giving us this midfield pic.twitter.com/zJSnm3wDi7
— ?. (@ynwaaaaaa) January 17, 2023
Crazy how our defenders aren’t overloaded consistently when we have a real midfield doing midfield jobs
— Liam ? (@Somos_LosRojos) January 17, 2023
Best defensive display in months. Looked organised, compact, tenacious. Love it. That was a big boy win that under the circumstances.
— The Liverpool Way (@theliverpoolway) January 17, 2023
Well better that reds.
Amazing what legs in midfield can do.
— Ian Ryan (@Ian1892T) January 17, 2023
“Bajcetic, Thiago and Keita…The new first-choice midfield trio for now plz.”
– Analyst Obinna in the comments.
Can’t see it but they’ll be few complaints if we line-up with that same midfield on Saturday. Having legs in there made a world of difference. Bajcetic, while slight, is some talent.
— Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) January 17, 2023
A huge result for the manager
A shift in momentum was almost as important as the victory itself, and as expected there was a huge show of solidarity towards Klopp from the travelling Kop and fans online:
Really really enjoyed the performance tonight. Quite emotional hearing the fans sing the Klopp song at the end too.
— FPL_Edwardinho100 (@edwardinho100) January 17, 2023
Idk what Klopp has done to this team within the space of 3 days but we look like a completely different team. The pressing is back and playing very well.
— Samuel (@SamueILFC) January 17, 2023
Those last minutes made me 20 years older…? Maybe not a beautiful win tonight, but it's beautiful having a win! Lots of good performances, let's build on this
So happy hearing the Klopp song from the stands????#WOLLIV #EmiratesFACup #YNWA pic.twitter.com/zcfhurLLWi
— Susanne?? (@Suppesanne) January 17, 2023
IM SO GLAD THAT JURGEN IS A RED
— Abigail (@rudkin_abigail) January 17, 2023
Bajcetic continues to impress
The Spaniard once again did himself no harm after being trusted from the start by Klopp, displaying ability beyond his years before being replaced with 15 minutes remaining:
This is now a Stefan Baj?eti? fan account.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) January 17, 2023
Bajcetic is so impressive every time you see him. I can't see there being a good argument for him not getting a run as a starter when he's regularly outshining those with significantly more playing time than him this season.
— barry (@BackseatsmanLFC) January 17, 2023
Baj?etic. Will run forever, will throw himself into every tackle. Just needs to bulk up a bit and he’ll be a monster. Bounces off players going in for challenges and sometimes can be knocked off the ball a little too easily.
— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) January 17, 2023
Don’t think I’m getting carried away when I say Bajcetic > Pedri + Gavi
— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) January 17, 2023
“I don’t care what anyone says, Bajcetic should be starting every match from now til the end of the season. I’ll take him over Fabinho.”
– El Jefe in the comments.
Have to say Stefan Bajcetic looks mature beyond his years. So composed in tight situations, has a tiny bit of Wijnaldum in that respect
He’s listed as 6ft 1in too – doesn’t look it, but if he is, then fits bill as a Klopp holding midfielder to shield defence on high balls#LFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) January 17, 2023
What a display from Stefan Bajcetic there and cracking strike from Harvey. A step in the right direction even if that direction is towards Brighton!
— Andy Kelly (@AndyK_LivNews) January 17, 2023
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