After Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton, positive reviews appeared in the media as signs of the old Reds reappeared.
Jurgen Klopp’s team made it to the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night thanks to a 30-yard shout from Harvey Elliott.
It was a more energetic performance by Liverpool as Klopp made eight substitutions and they were more than worthy winners at Molineux.
That’s how the media appreciated the pleasant triumph of the Reds.
Finally, after the game there was a little positive…
The Guardian’s Andy Hunter enjoyed the Reds’ reaction after some terrible form:
“Jurgen Klopp got the reaction he demanded and the reward he craved.
Liverpool will quickly return to Brighton, the scene of Saturday’s Premier League defeat, after holding off the determined but toothless Wolves to secure a fourth-round visit to the Amex Stadium.
Liverpool performed with renewed confidence after the breakthrough. Thiago’s influence has grown thanks to Baisetic, Fabio Carvalho and Elliott, who have provided him with energy and opportunities.”
Richard Jolly of the Independent said it was Liverpool’s best match of the year:
“After the worst performance Jurgen Klopp could remember, Liverpool’s best performance in 2023 has come.
“They set the bar so low against Brentford and Brighton, plus their previous meeting with Wolverhampton, that it doesn’t say much, but at least they reminded why they are the holders of the FA Cup.
“The imperfect display at least contained a demonstration of spirit, and they ended up with bodies strewn across the field in their own box in exhaustion.
“Klopp wanted an answer, and he got it. Liverpool’s determination was evident in their reserves.”
GOAL’s Neil Jones asked if this was a turning point in Liverpool’s season:
“It was a case of young gems and old stars for the Reds as they recovered from the disappointment at Brighton to earn their first win in 2023.
“Was it a night to wake Liverpool up from their New Year’s dream? It has been a struggling season for the Anfield men, but here they gave themselves a much-needed confidence boost by beating Wolves 1-0 at Molineux to secure a place in the FA Cup fourth round.
“This victory means a return to Brighton, where Liverpool were well beaten in the Premier League last weekend, in the fourth round, but Klopp will be more pleased to see his team press, chase and pass the ball as he demanded. their k .
“He asked for a reaction after the Amex fiasco, and he got it.”
On Twitter, David Lynch was another who saw glimpses of the old reds:
Liverpool looked so much more like a Jurgen Klopp team tonight despite eight changes – the pressing and defensive structure a huge improvement on recent weeks. Some big selection calls coming up if the manager wants to see this brand of football in the Premier League games ahead.
— David Lynch (@dmlynch) January 17, 2023
Mark Delgado of This Is Anfield hinted at the changes that will happen in the match against Chelsea on Saturday, as Klopp’s players hope to continue:
“The Reds will play Chelsea at the weekend — a grand game at any moment, but even more so, given the extremely pathetic form of both clubs right now.
“An important decision for Klopp will be how hard he sticks and twists: how many times can he be disappointed by familiar faces before going in search of something new, something more exciting, something with long-term potential?
“Some, of course, will start regardless of what happened here — Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, if he is fit — but for positions that are closer between potential players, it is hoped that Klopp will set a marker for those who have upset.
“Chelsea have a lot of problems of their own, and Liverpool must make the most of them, get back to winning ways in the league and, step by step, try to rebuild a season that has been a complete failure so far.”
Liverpool looked lively in key areas…
Tom Victor of the Mirror hailed the impact of Elliott’s match winner:
“Before the game, Wolverhampton announced the signing of Pablo Sarabia from Paris Saint-Germain, but it was one of the three Liverpool strikers who immediately attracted attention.
“Harvey Elliott wasn’t always used by Klopp in an advanced role, but that’s exactly what happened at Molineux with Mohamed Salah rested and Darwin Nunez, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Hota and Luis Diaz unavailable.
“It was Elliott’s fourth goal of the season, and three of them were scored not from Anfield. He also has a strong case for being the best in Liverpool red and he helped light up the first half, which was literally plunged into darkness because of the early spotlight.”
On Twitter, Jones praised the two players with an 18-year age difference:
Jolly praised several:
Liverpool took advantage of the easy astute passing of 18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic at the heart of the midfield. He began excellently, proving his precocity.
“At the other end of the age range, James Milner played his first game at 37. The reserve right-back was tested by the enthusiasm of Ryan Ait-Nuri, but was characteristically persistent.
“Naby Keita gave energy in the belated first start of the season, in which there are many injuries. Defensively, Joe Gomez and Konate, who both endured embarrassing games after the World Cup, performed better against the backdrop of their defiance.”
Jones liked what he saw from the stylish Stefan Baisetic:
“Right now, the cat is really out of the bag. Liverpool have hellish prospects. At 18, Baisetic looks like he can save the club a headache and a hell of a lot of money.
“It is not surprising that Klopp decided to shuffle his midfield after a poor performance at Brighton, but the fact that he believed in a teenager who made only his third professional start shows how hopeless the situation has become and how highly appreciated the team is. a young Spaniard.
“Bajcetic has succeeded by creating a display that attracts attention. He presses like an experienced professional, reads the game perfectly, and his composure in possession of the ball distinguishes his special talent.
“It remains to be seen if he will be in the starting line-up against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday — here he suffered from cramps in the second half — but one thing is for sure; this guy has a great future ahead of him.”
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher couldn’t hide his admiration for Baisetic either, taking to Twitter to greet the teenager:
Good win for @LFC
18yr old Stefan Bajcetic was outstanding. #WOLLIV
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 17, 2023