Player ratings as Hwang equalizer force repeat

Player ratings as Hwang equalizer force repeat

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Jurgen Klopp has to deal with a third-round replay in the FA Cup after his Liverpool side drew 2-2 with Wolves at Anfield on Saturday night.

In a thrilling encounter, both teams took the lead, Goncalo Guedes’ opening goal being canceled out by Darwin Nunez before Hwang Hee-chan saved Mohamed Salah’s opening goal after the break.

Liverpool had the first chance after just a few minutes. Mohamed Salah placed a free-kick on the edge of the box and bent over the wall nicely, but could only watch the ball climb over the bar.

Joel Matip then scared Liverpool by gaining possession on the edge of the six-yard box but Guedes didn’t have the time to make the most of the opportunity – but the same couldn’t be said ten minutes later.

With 26 on the clock, Alisson played a pass right in front of Guedes’ feet, who tapped home into an empty goal for the easiest goal of his career.

The ex-Valencia player also saw a shot deflected from long-range while Adama Traore’s gushing cross was inches from Raul Jimenez’s boot as Wolves attempted to increase the pressure on a Liverpool side who were in the league was far from their best in the first half.

As the Anfield crowd grew frustrated, Nunez sent them into half-time with a smile on their faces as he deflected a controlled volley into the back net after a superb Trent Alexander-Arnold pass.

Liverpool took the lead six minutes after the break. Cody Gakpo’s pass was not cleared by Toti Gomes and his header landed at the feet of Salah, who flashed his composure to open his body and bury the ball.

Nunez almost headed home a third moment later before Rayan Ait-Nouri went down at the other end and fired a one-on-one straight at Alisson and Wolves finally equalized with 25 minutes remaining.

Substitutes Hwang and Matheus Cunha combined on the edge of the area and the latter’s bumpy shot somehow worked its way under Alisson and into the back net.

Wolves thought they had brought home a third with ten minutes remaining when Toti Gomes removed his jersey to celebrate a tap-in, unaware that the offside flag had been raised. A lengthy VAR check confirmed the decision.

Liverpool were the stronger of the two sides when the clock ran out, but neither side could find a way until the final whistle. time for a repeat.

Cody Gakpo

Gakpo had a quiet game / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

GK: Alisson – 5/10 – A terrible mistake for Guedes’ opening game and to blame for another overhit pass that nearly elicited a tantrum from Robertson. Recovered somewhat with a solid save from Ait-Nouri at 2-1.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8/10 – enjoyed his work on the defensive and showed his quality with a magnificent ball for Nunez – his second assist of the season.

CB: Joel Matip – 5/10 – Almost punished for an early mistake and never looked particularly comfortable. Matip is not often saved defensively by Alexander-Arnold.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 6/10 – A composed performance and a nice response from his off-game against Brentford.

LB: Andy Robertson – 7/10 – Great energy up and down the left flank, even keeping up with Traore for the most part.

DM: Fabinho – 4/10 – Continues to look like a shell of his former self. Offers little defensive protection and his passing wasn’t good enough either. May or may not have legs.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 5/10 – Didn’t have the legs to make up for Fabinho’s shortcomings and also struggled to blend into attack.

CM: Thiago – 6/10 – The strongest of Liverpool’s midfield trio, which isn’t saying much.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 7/10 – Played very far in the first half which didn’t suit him. Closed up after the break and had a nice goal just moments later.

ST: Darwin Nunez – 7/10 – Nunez was all over the pitch looking for an opportunity to change the game but it was his superb move down the middle that equalized for Liverpool. A wonderful ending.

LW: Cody Gakpo – 6/10 – A decent introduction to English football. Gakpo had the odd nice moment, but he was still missing something.


Naby Keita (68′ for Henderson) – 6/10 – Brought enough energy to make the difference.

Harvey Elliott (75′ for Fabinho) – 6/10 – Did well in his limited minutes.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (84′ for Gakpo) – N/A

Ben Doak (84′ for Salah) – N/A

Joe Gomez (84′ for Alexander Arnold) – N/A


Jurgen Klopp – 6/10 – Questions were asked about his midfield choices and the width of his forwards in the first half, but Klopp changed things up after the break to give his side a slight boost. Energizing the midfield was crucial but perhaps came too late.

Goncalo Guedes, Jonny

Guedes scored an easy goal/Naomi Baker/GettyImages

TW: Matija Sarkic – 5/10 – looked a bit nervous. Slow down his line and don’t convince with the ball at his feet.

RB: Dexter Lembikisa – 7/10 – Did a fantastic job against Gakpo and Nunez. A real endurance test, which the youngster passed with flying colours.

CB: Nathan Collins – 7/10 – Similarly solid against a tough Liverpool defence. The one or other shaky moment did its job well for the most part.

CB: Toti Gomes – 6/10 – Had a sloppy start to the game but soon settled down and had a solid game apart from his involvement in the second goal.

LB: Jonny – 6/10 – Not particularly involved which isn’t really bad against Salah.

RM: Adama Traore – 6/10 – A typical performance from Traore. His electric speed and dribbling were on full display, but nothing he did really led to much.

CM: Ruben Neves – 7/10 – Breeze around the midfield and controlled the action. Looked really comfortable against the limited athleticism of Liverpool’s trio.

CM: Joe Hodge – 7/10 – A gritty, determined performance from the youngster. Did all the dirty work so Neves can pull the strings.

LM: Rayan Ait-Nouri – 7/10 – Seems he’s enjoying this new 4-4-2 setup and the freedom to attack that comes with it. His energy down the left was a problem for Liverpool and he should have done much better with a chance after the break. Hobbled away with a limp after injuring himself in a duel.

ST: Raul Jimenez – 6/10 – prevailed well but found it tough against Konate.

ST: Goncalo Guedes – 7/10 – Excellent energy in the first half, undoubtedly deserving of a goal.


Matheus Nunes (63′ for Neves) – 7/10 – Real purpose in everything he’s done. Carried the ball forward well.

Matheus Cunha (63′ for Jimenez) – 7/10 – Assisted the equalizer just minutes after coming on. Can’t ask for more.

Hwang Hee-chan (63′ for Guedes) – 6/10 – Didn’t do much except equalize.

Nelson Semedo (68′ for Lembikisa) – 6/10 – Participated on the right straight after being substituted on but calmed down afterwards.

Hugo Bueno (73′ for Ait-Nouri) – 5/10 – Was under a lot of pressure when he came on and didn’t always cope well.


Julen Lopetegui – 7/10 – A superb tactical change after the break which was immediately followed by Hwang’s goal. Brave have put their trust in a number of different players here and will not have been disappointed.

Player of the Match – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

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