Liverpool 2-2 Wolves
FA Cup 3rd Round, Anfield
January 7, 2023
Nunez 45′ (assist – Alexander-Arnold)
Salah 52′ (assist – Gakpo)
It was a fast start from a Reds side in need of a response, with Gakpo having an early sighter in the opening five minutes while the visitors struggled to string passes together.
It came via a stunning pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold towards the back post, with Nunez watching it all the way and touching home with his left foot on the charge.
HT: Liverpool 1-1 Wolves
After a sour spell in the stands, the crowd roared Liverpool back into life at the start of the second half, and they were rewarded with an early Mohamed Salah goal from a Gakpo assist.
Gakpo cut inside from the left wing and played a right-footed pass over the top for his new strike partner, and though Salah was in an offside position, the intervention from Toti ensured his fine finish stood.
There was a big chance for Rayan Ait-Nouri at the other end soon after, but Alisson held firm with a strong stop when one-on-one with the wing-back.
A triple change from Lopetegui, including the introduction of Nunes, gave Wolves renewed impetus, and within five minutes it led to another goal as Hwang Hee-chan managed to squeeze the ball past Alisson.
Though they dominated the closing stages – with Ben Doak eager and impressive – there was no breakthrough for Liverpool, who must now replay the tie.
That replay is set to take place in the week commencing January 16.
TIA Man of the Match: Darwin Nunez
Referee: Andy Madley
Subs not used: Kelleher, Phillips, Tsimikas, Carvalho
Wolves: Sarkic; Lembikisa (Semedo 69′), Collins, Toti, Jonny; Neves (Nunes 63′), Hodge; Adama, Guedes (Cunha 63′), Ait-Nouri (Bueno 73′); Jimenez (Hwang 63′)
Subs not used: Sa, Kilman, Mosquera, Ronan