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Klopp refuses to blame Alisson as Liverpool held to FA Cup replay by Wolves

SoccerNews in English Premier League 7 Jan 2023

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Jurgen Klopp refused to put the blame for Liverpool’s FA Cup draw with Wolves on mistakes made by Alisson.

The Brazilian was at fault for Wolves’ first goal, handing Goncalo Guedes an easy finish with a direct pass, while he also conceded a soft second to Hwang Hee-chan.

Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah both struck to ensure the holders did not suffer a shock third-round exit, but their combined efforts were not enough to prevent a replay at Molineux.

Speaking afterwards however, Klopp did not lay their problems at the feet of his goalkeeper, instead praising what Wolves brought to the table in an engaging contest throughout at Anfield.

“The goal should not happen, but we all know how often Ali saves our backsides,” he told ITV Sport. “They had counter-attacks before then [too].

“It is always dangerous when [Adama] Traore gets the ball, we could see that. We came back with a fantastic equaliser. They got a foot in the game, and they caused us massive problems.”

Liverpool came closest to an exit when Toti Gomes saw a finish controversially ruled out by the linesman’s flag, with VAR unable to offer enough angles to confirm whether Gomes was onside.

The decision sparked a furious reaction from Julen Lopetegui, and Klopp acknowledged it was not an ideal situation for both teams.

“I’m not sure about their third goal,” he added. “We have one picture where it may look offside.

“I can understand why they are angry about it. We don’t want the VAR to just have one angle.”

Cody Gakpo enjoyed a solid debut following his arrival from PSV, and Klopp was warm in his praise for the Dutchman.

“He fitted into the game,” he added. “It was not easy for a first step. We cannot expect it to be perfect.

“He showed good signs. We have to get him in better positions, but that will come, no doubt.”

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