How Alexander-Arnold can reach landmark & Doak can set Liverpool record vs. Wolves

Liverpool will get their 2022/23 FA Cup campaign underway with a third round clash against Wolves, with a number of milestones possible at Anfield on Saturday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold could make his 250th appearance for Liverpool in all competitions.

A goal from Ben Doak will see him become Liverpool’s youngest ever scorer in the competition at the age of 17 years and 57 days.

Caoimhin Kelleher made his league debut for the club against Wolves in December 2020 – keeping a clean sheet in the 4-0 win.

Elsewhere, Curtis Jones played his first game under Jurgen Klopp in an FA Cup defeat at Molineux in 2019.


Third time lucky vs. Wolves in the FA Cup?

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Monday, January 7, 2019: Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raúl Jiménez scores the first goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The teams meet for the third time in the FA Cup in the last six seasons. Wolves won both 2-1, defeating Liverpool at Anfield in 2017 and two years later at Molineux.

From the team that lost the last Cup encounter four years ago, only six current Reds remain at Anfield – Fabinho, Milner, Naby Keita and Jones all started, while Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino made brief substitute appearances.

Liverpool have won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the teams in all competitions – the two defeats coming in the FA Cup.

The league game here this season was scheduled for September 10 but was postponed due to the death of the Queen.

The last Anfield meeting saw Liverpool win 3-1 on the final day of last season. Pedro Neto scored for the visitors on three minutes before Sadio Mane, Salah and Andy Robertson earned the Reds all three points and an 11th straight league win over Wolves.

Liverpool’s record attendance came in 1952 – an FA Cup fourth round clash against Wolves. 61,905 witnessed a 2-1 win for the Reds with Bob Paisley scoring one of the goals.


Can Liverpool defend their crown?

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 14, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and his staff celebrate with the trophy after the FA Cup Final between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw, Liverpool won 6-5 on penalties. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season, Klopp became the sixth different Liverpool manager to lift the FA Cup. Only Bill Shankly and Kenny Dalglish (each twice) have won it more than once with the club.

The last time Liverpool defended the trophy, in 2007, they went out in round three, beaten 3-1 at Anfield by Arsenal.

They have won the FA Cup on eight occasions and twice, in 2006 and 2022, they have done so on penalties in the final.

Liverpool have reached the fourth round every season since 2011 except one year – 2019 – when they were beaten by Wolves.

Should Liverpool win today they will equal a club record of seven successive victories in the FA Cup. They won all six games on their way to lifting the trophy in 2001 and won the first game the following year against Birmingham City.

Liverpool are four goals short of recording 100 against Wolves at Anfield in all competitions, while four goals will also see the Reds reach 850 goals under Klopp in all fixtures.

The Reds have conceded the first goal of the game in 13 of their 26 matches this season but have won all 11 when they have netted the first goal.

They have gone five games in league and cup without a clean sheet since the League Cup win over Derby County.


Wolves in the FA Cup

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 28, 2017: Wolverhampton Wanderers' Andreas Weimann celebrates scoring the second goal against Liverpool during the FA Cup 4th Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

From the winning team against Liverpool four years ago, only Jonny, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez remain with the Midlands club. Diogo Jota played up front.

Wolves have won four of the last five FA Cup meetings – 1939, 1949, 2017 and 2019. The exception being in 1952 and a 2-1 defeat at Anfield.

They are four goals short of scoring 50 at Anfield in all competitions.

Wolves have won the FA Cup on four occasions – 1893, 1908, 1949 and 1960 and have also lost four times in the final – 1889, 1896, 1921 and 1939. They have appeared in 15 semi-finals.

Last season they went out in round four, losing 1-0 at home to Norwich, who themselves lost to Liverpool in the following round.

Since 2011-12, they have been eliminated from the competition seven times at their first hurdle, including a first round defeat in 2013-14.

Wolves have gone beyond round three only four times in the last 11 seasons, winning only nine times in the competition in that period.

Since a victory at Tranmere in 2010, Wolves have won only four away games in the FA Cup in 14 attempts.


The Lopetegui era is underway

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Representatives from Spain, including head coach Julen Lopetegui (C), during the draw for the new UEFA Nations League tournament at the SwissTech Convention Centre. (Pic by Pool/UEFA/Propaganda)

Julen Lopetegui will take charge of a team against Liverpool for the first time in his career. He led Sevilla to Europa League success in 2020 – his first major trophy as a manager.

The Spaniard was appointed as manager on November 14. Since then they have won two of four games – at home to Gillingham in the League Cup and Everton in the league at Goodison, before losing to Man United at Molineux and drawing 1-1 at Aston Villa.

They have won one of nine away games this season in league and cup, beating Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park with Daniel Podence equalising before a 95th minute winner from Rayan Ait-Nouri.

Diego Costa has scored two goals in eight appearances against Liverpool during his career. He has never lost at Anfield in four appearances (two wins, two draws). His last appearance was for Atletico Madrid at Anfield in March 2020. He started in their 3-2 win.


Madley in the middle

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 6, 2022: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson sits injured as referee Andy Madley looks on during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Andrew Madley will oversee proceedings at Anfield tonight.

He took charge of Liverpool’s fourth round FA Cup victory over Cardiff City last season.


Scorers this season

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Monday, December 26, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah 16, Firmino 9, Nunez 9, Diaz 4, Alexander-Arnold 3, Carvalho 3, Elliott 3, Van Dijk 2, Bajcetic 1, Matip 1, Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Wolves: Neves 4, Podence 4, Jimenez 2, Ait-Nouri 2, A. Traore 2, Guedes 1, B. Traore 1

* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).