How Milner and Doak Can Set Records As Liverpool Seek to End Wolves in FA Cup


Liverpool will play Wolverhampton in the FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday, and James Milner and Ben Doak will be able to set opposite records if they get into the protocol for Molineux.

If he scores a goal, Milner will become Liverpool’s oldest goalscorer in the FA Cup at the age of 37 years and 13 days, breaking Billy Liddell’s record of 36 years and 15 days set in 1958.

Thanks to Doak’s goal, he will become the youngest scorer of the Reds in the history of the tournament at the age of 17 years and 67 days.

In his first game at Anfield, Trent Alexander-Arnold became the fifth youngest Liverpool player to play 250 games for the club at the age of 24 years and 92 days.

Two goals will allow the Reds to score 850 goals under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp in all competitions.

Cup fight against wolves

From the team that lost the last cup match four years ago, there are six current Reds left at Anfield: Fabinho, Milner, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones left at the start, and Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino briefly came on as substitutes.

Liverpool have reached the fourth round in every season since 2011, except for one year — 2019 — when they were beaten… by Wolves.

They have won just one of the last six FA Cup meetings between the teams, losing four and adding to last week’s draw.

The Reds have lost four of their five FA Cup meetings at Molineux and haven’t beaten Wolves there in the Cup since February 1923. This is their only dry match against Wolves in the tournament.

Liverpool in the FA Cup

Liverpool want to keep the trophy for the first time in their history. The last time they defended the trophy, in 2007, they exited the game in the third round, beating Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield.

Last season, the Reds played on the opponent’s field only once in their trophy—lifting campaign – a 1-0 quarter-final victory over Nottingham Forest when Diogo Hota scored a goal.

The Reds faced four penalty shootouts in the FA Cup and won each.

Their last 3 FA Cup defeats have been away from Anfield: against Wolves in 2019, against Chelsea in 2020 and against Manchester United the following year.

The last time Liverpool played in a replay was in 2020, beating Shrewsbury 1-0 at Anfield. The last time they lost in one match was in 2016, when they lost 2-1 to West Ham at Upton Park.

The last time Liverpool drew 2-2 at home in the 3rd round was in 1974 against Doncaster Rovers of the 4th Division. The Reds won the replay and won the Cup for the second time.

Improvements needed

The 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday was Liverpool’s heaviest loss of the season and their biggest domestic loss in almost two years after losing to Man City at Anfield in February 2021.

In each of the last three defeats — against Man City in the League Cup and against Brentford and Brighton in the league — Liverpool conceded three goals.

Klopp’s team has failed to win in any of the last three games. The last time they failed to win four in a row was in October 2018. They have won only five of their 14 games away from Anfield this season.

He has not played for zero in the last 7 games after beating Derby in a penalty shootout in the League Cup in November.

Wolves on the rise

Julen Lopetegui’s team has not lost in regular time in any of the last four matches.

They jumped out of the top three in the Premier League at the weekend with a 1-0 home win over West Ham, with Daniel Podens scoring the only goal of the game. This victory allowed them to keep their first clean sheet in six matches.

Johnny, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez from the winning team against Liverpool four years ago remain at the Midlands club. Hota also played in front.

Wolves have won the FA Cup four times – 1893, 1908, 1949 and 1960, and lost four times in the final – 1889, 1896, 1921 and 1939. They participated in 15 semifinals.

Last season, Wolverhampton were eliminated in the fourth round, losing 1-0 at home to Norwich, who lost to Liverpool in the next round.

Over the past 11 seasons, they have gone beyond the third round only four times, winning only nine times during this period.

Today’s judge

Andre Marriner will head Molineux.

The hosts have lost the last four games he was in charge of, and it’s been more than 13 years since he watched a game between the teams, a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in December 2009.

Goals this season

Liverpool: Salah, 17, Nunez, 10, Firmino, 9, Diaz, 4, Alexander-Arnold, 3, Carvalho, 3, Elliott, 3, Van Dijk, 2, Baisetic, 1, Matip, 1, Oxlade-Chamberlain, 1

Wolves: Podense 5, Neves 4, Jimenez 3, Ait-Nuri 2, Guedes 2, A.Traore 2, Hwang Hee-chan 1, B.Traore 1


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