The FA Cup took centre stage once again on Tuesday night as two Premier League rivals staged a feisty third-round replay at Molineux. Honours were even at 2-2 in an Anfield thriller last weekend, with Hwang Hee-chan netting the all-important equaliser and Wolves furious at seeing a potential late winner from Toti ruled out by the VAR for offside.
Manager Julen Lopetegui was left furious with that controversial decision and later met with referees chief Howard Webb. And his mood was not improved one iota here with Harvey Elliott’s 13th-minute rocket enough to book Liverpool’s spot in the fourth round.
After a much-needed win and clean sheet, the holders will now get the chance to try and exact some quick revenge on Brighton, to whom they lost 3-0 in dismal fashion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday in a game that Jurgen Klopp described as the worst of his career. That tie is slated for January 29. Follow Wolves vs Liverpool reaction live below!
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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0 - 1 Liverpool FC
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Wolves 0-1 Liverpool
Harvey Elliott’s first-half effort seals a much-needed win for the FA Cup holders and books their place in round four, where there will face Brighton at the Amex on January 29.
A chance to enact some swift revenge after their 3-0 Premier League humbling at the same ground on Saturday.
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96 mins: A late, late Wolves free-kick is delivered to the back post by Neves after Salah’s handball.
Panic initially from Liverpool, but they eventually clear and the final whistle sounds.
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94 mins: Superb tackle from Elliott as the likely match-winner fights to the last to preserve this Liverpool lead.
Gomez into the book now for the visitors.
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93 mins: It’s just not happening for Wolves despite plenty of late pressure, including a corner that is wasted.
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90 mins: FIVE minutes of added time for Wolves to rescue this!
Cunha can only head Nunes’ cross into the grateful hands of Kelleher.
The Brazilian should have done better there.
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89 mins: Almost game, set and match there as Elliott - just announced as the man of the match following that first-half strike - feeds Jones and the Liverpool substitute drags a low shot agonisingly wide of the far post.
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87 mins: Costa is quickly into the thick of the action as he shrugs off Phillips and provides a lay-off for Cunha that the January signing can only lash hopelessly into the stands.
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84 mins: Wolves are throwing on the fit-again Diego Costa in desperate search for a late equaliser that would force extra time in this third-round replay.
He replaces Raul Jimenez.
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80 mins: Wolves are giving this a go now, with Traore a constant threat down the right channel.
Aït-Nouri whips in a dangerous low cross that is deflected high into the air by Phillips.
Strong hands from Kelleher to claim the dropping ball confidently under pressure.
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78 mins: End-to-end stuff now as Wolves zip up the other end and Traore runs at Tsimikas before standing up a decent cross from the byline.
Jimenez rises to head the ball over off a deflection by Gomez, but the officials didn’t spot it.
They award a goal kick.
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76 mins: The two Liverpool substitutes almost combine immediately, with Fabinho floating a terrific pass behind Aït-Nouri that teenager Doak scampers to collect.
His low cross is turned away by Toti for only Liverpool’s second corner that is steered clear.
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74 mins: Bajcetic - who played very well tonight - and Thiago now off as Klopp makes a double change in midfield.
On come Fabinho and 17-year-old Ben Doak.
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72 mins: Neves whips a free-kick not too far over the crossbar.
He is adamant that Kelleher helped it on its way with his fingertips, but the officials disagree.
Goal kick given, much to the Portuguese midfielder’s chagrin.
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70 mins: Wolves are stepping up the intensity and tempo heading into the final 20 minutes, running directly at this Liverpool defence now and switching play nicely, getting balls into the box.
Phillips brings down fellow substitute Cunha. There seemed to be minimal contact but he ends up in the book.
Can they finally force Caoimhín Kelleher into a save? The Liverpool goalkeeper has been a mere spectator up until this point.
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68 mins: Wolves are posing a sustained threat now as Semedo gets to the byline and his lofted cross is seen off by Gomez in the six-yard box.
A dangerous ball into the area from Traore is then played just too far behind Cunha.
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66 mins: Mo Salah, Curtis Jones and Nat Phillips are the trio to enter the fray for Liverpool as Klopp searches for fresh legs to see this through.
They replace Gakpo, Carvalho and Milner.
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65 mins: Podence and Cunha are now on for Wolves.
Off go Moutinho and Jonny.
Liverpool are also about to make a triple change.
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64 mins: Great persistence from Thiago in midfield to battle away and find Keita, who in turn threads a decent through ball intended for the run of Gakpo.
The Dutchman tries to lift the ball over Sa, who manages to deflect it away.
But the offside flag is raised.
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62 mins: The home fans are furious with referee Marriner again as he allows Liverpool to attack off the back of a robust challenge from Thiago on Neves.
Lopetegui is about to make another double change. Daniel Podence and Matheus Cunha are going to come on.
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60 mins: Better build-up from Wolves spearheaded by Mexican striker Jimenez.
Liverpool look a bit ragged defending the edge of their own box and Aït-Nouri’s lay-off for Traore is thundered into row z.
A real lack of composure again from the Spaniard.
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58 mins: Gakpo is caught on his heels somewhat as Liverpool deliver low into the six-yard box, with Wolves able to clear comfortably at the front post in the end.
Liverpool then use their effective press again to regather possession.
So little going forward from Wolves still. They are yet to have a shot on target tonight.
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56 mins: Ironic cheers from the Wolves faithful, who feel they have been harshly treated by the officials once again tonight.
They finally get a decision in their favour as Thiago fouls Jimenez right in front of the referee and has his name taken.
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54 mins: Plenty of huffing and puffing from both sides again at the start of this second half, but preciously little by way of quality end product.
Gakpo is plugging away up top, with some movement on the Liverpool bench.
Is that Salah putting his shin pads on? His introduction could be imminent.
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52 mins: Now Keita drags a shot well wide for Liverpool, but Klopp applauds the effort from his side nonetheless.
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50 mins: Wolves on the front foot at the start of the second half.
Appeals for a penalty after Neves’ deflected cross hits the shoulder of Keita.
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Back underway at Molineux!
Two changes at the break from Wolves.
Lopetegui has sent on Nelson Semedo and Matheus Nunes in place of youngsters Dexter Lembikisa and Joe Hodge.
Lineker reveals sabotage after sex noises on BBC coverage
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The BBC were left red-faced after an act of sabotage plagued their pre-match coverage of Liverpool’s FA Cup replay at Wolves on Tuesday night.
As host Gary Lineker and pundits Paul Ince, Danny Murphy and Alan Shearer tried to discuss the third-round replay ahead of kick-off at Molineux, loud noises that sounded like a woman moaning in a sexual fashion could be constantly heard throughout the broadcast.
It was initially unclear where the noises came from, with Lineker and his fellow pundits trying their best to persevere despite the constant awkward interruption playing on loop.
After the game kicked off, Lineker tweeted a picture of a taped phone on the set and the message: “Well, we found this taped to the back of the set. As sabotage goes it was quite amusing.”
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Wolves 0-1 Liverpool
A moment of magic from Harvey Elliott separates the two sides at the interval.
A good half from Liverpool all things considered. Not firing on all cylinders still, but their intensity has been high and the press so much better.
They’ve dominated the ball and deservedly lead. Wolves need far more, though they did end that half on the front foot, albeit struggling to create chances.
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45 mins: Two minutes of added time signalled at the end of this first half.
Klopp - who must be so much happier with how the Liverpool press is looking tonight - barking instructions down on the touchline, complete with a woolen hat to protect him from the cold temperatures.
It’s been feisty down there between the two managers.
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42 mins: Neves is trying to pull some strings for Wolves against the club supposedly interested in signing him this month, but now Aït-Nouri is flagged offside after a through ball.
Traore tries his best to track back and ends up clipping Tsimikas, earning a yellow card for his troubles - the first caution of the game.
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39 mins: A real lack of composure from Traore, who is released by an enticing lofted pass from Neves.
The Spaniard is in behind Tsimikas, but can only smash his powerful effort wide.
A rare chance for the hosts goes begging with half-time looming.
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36 mins: This is turning into a rather comfortable night for Liverpool just at the moment.
They are dominating proceedings and passing the ball around with ease under minimal pressure.
On the rare occasions they do lose possession, they are able to get it back quickly with that disciplined press.
Wolves have really struggled since a bright opening.
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35 mins: Lovely running football from Liverpool as they break, with Elliott and Keita at the heart of it.
The latter then plays a through ball for Carvalho, who finishes with aplomb.
However, the offside flag is raised and it won’t count. No doubt about that one.
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What an effort from this man...
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30 mins: Elliott tees up Gakpo, who whistles an effort over the crossbar as Liverpool look to double their advantage.
The Reds’ high pressing then leads to another corner, which Wolves scramble away.
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28 mins: This is scrappy stuff approaching the half-hour mark but it’s still feisty, with fouls aplenty from both sides that are rather spoiling the flow of the game.
Traore, Jimenez, Aït-Nouri and Milner all brought down in quick succession.
However, no chances arise from the resulting free-kicks.
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24 mins: A feisty contest this, with Wolves feeling that they are being fouled every time they venture into the Liverpool final third.
Klopp and Lopetegui exchange words down on the touchline.
Danger at both ends before that, with Liverpool looking to slide in Gakpo.
Watch: Thunderous Elliott strike gives Liverpool lead
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16 mins: Wolves are pushing for a swift equaliser, with Aït-Nouri the dangerman after he heads wide after a Tsimikas foul on Traore.
Lopetegui apparently unhappy after he felt that Aït-Nouri’s shot had struck the hand of Gomez inside the box a little earlier.
GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Liverpool | Harvey Elliott 14'
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14 mins: WHAT A GOAL TO BREAK THE DEADLOCK!
After receiving the ball from Thiago, Elliott carries it forward with pace and purpose, unleashing a fantastic strike from range that cannons beyond Sa and into the back of the net.
Superb from the youngster. Just what Liverpool needed!
Jose Sa was way too far off his line though. He might surely have saved that with better positioning.
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10 mins: Liverpool are coming into the game a bit now, with their high press working out slightly better.
Jose Sa comes out to claim a high ball and Gakpo forces a save from the Portuguese.
At the other end, Aït-Nouri has a shot blocked.
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6 mins: Wolves have definitely settled the better here, continuing to dominate possession and push forward after that Jimenez header.
Joe Gomez concedes a corner that is quickly dealth with by the Reds, who have yet to get going.
It looks like the VAR screens have gone out after that power cut, by the way.
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2 mins: Early pressure from Wolves, who were unhappy with referee Andre Marriner as they thought they were on the attack when the ground was momentarily plunged into darkness.
Here they come again, looking to get Adama Traore free down that right flank.
His cross is dangerous for Raul Jimenez, but he can’t steer it on target.
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We are underway!
And immediately there is a floodlight failure.
The lights are back on, but they are still looking dim and flashing a bit.
It’s all going on tonight...
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Here come the teams at Molineux!
‘Hi Ho Wolverhampton’ belting out around the ground.
Wolves confirm Pablo Sarabia signing
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Wolves have announced a new signing just before kick-off!
Pablo Sarabia’s £4.4million switch from Paris Saint-Germain has now been officially completed and confirmed following a medical.
The Spanish winger - who played at the World Cup in Qatar - has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at Molineux, following Matheus Cunha and Mario Lemina as their third signing of the January window so far.
Sarabia knows Julen Lopetegui well from their time at Sevilla and in the Spanish set-up.
It goes without saying that the 30-year-old is not available for selection tonight.
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Backing and support for Jurgen Klopp already in the away end tonight.
Despite their struggles this season, it would surely take things getting much, much worse for Liverpool to even contemplate the idea of getting a new manager in.
The German is rightly revered as an icon on the red half of Merseyside. Though you never know in football...
Klopp not losing Liverpool dressing room
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Another accusation levelled at Klopp during Liverpool’s poor season has been that he no longer retains the respect of senior players, who have ceased taking on board his instructions.
However, again the Germain has quickly dismissed any suggestion that he is beginning to lose the dressing room at Anfield.
“I was not that often in a similar situation but I know exactly how it works when things don’t go well,” he said.
“There is a list of things you go through and one of the things is the players aren’t listening to the coach anymore.
“In Germany we say the manager doesn’t reach the team anymore. So I understand it looks like this sometimes but it is just not the case. You can take that off the list.
“Everyone feels responsible. There is nobody sitting there thinking ‘I was OK but he wasn’t.’ It wasn’t there, I don’t see it, I don’t hear it, it’s not there.
“If it was here then the player would have a real problem. That is the moment the problems really start.”
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These snaps of Liverpool’s players warming up give you a fair idea of just how cold it is at Molineux tonight!
Klopp denies he is ‘too loyal’ to ageing Liverpool stars
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Dutch winger Cody Gakpo remains Liverpool’s only signing of the month so far, having been brought in from Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven in a £44million deal right at the start of the window.
Jurgen Klopp has faced mounting accusations that he is too loyal to certain sections of an ageing squad based on past glories - claims he adamantly denies.
"Yes, of course, I've heard that but I am not too loyal. I am loyal, I think everyone should be loyal, but I am not too loyal,” he said.
"You have a good player who did a lot of good stuff in the past and then maybe, in your mind, you think: 'That's it for him now.' If you can then go out and bring in another player to replace him then it makes sense from both sides. If you cannot bring anybody in then you cannot take anyone out, that's the situation."
Seven Wolves changes with Costa on bench
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As for Wolves, it’s seven changes from the team that lined up for the crucial win over West Ham on Saturday.
Jose Sa, Nathan Collins, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho retain their places.
Diego Costa is fit enough for the bench, while there is still no Goncalo Guedes in the matchday squad - has the Portuguese winger played his final game for the club?
Neves’ supposed fellow Liverpool target Matheus Nunes is also among the substitutes.
Liverpool make eight changes as Keita and Carvalho start
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So that’s a total of eight changes from Jurgen Klopp from the Liverpool XI that started the debacle at Brighton.
Only Ibrahima Konate, Thiago Alcantara and Cody Gakpo retain their starting berths from the Amex.
James Milner and teenager Stefan Bajcetic are fit to start after returning to training this week, while there are recalls for the likes of Naby Keita and Fabio Carvalho.
A strong bench features the likes of Mo Salah, Andy Robertson and Fabinho, but no Darwin Nunez just yet.
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Starting XI: Sa, Lembikisa, Collins, Toti, Jonny, Neves, Hodge, Adama, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri, Jimenez
Subs: Sarkic, Kilman, Semedo, Bueno, Nunes, Podence, Hwang, Cunha, Costa
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Starting XI: Kelleher, Milner, Konate, Gomez, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Keita, Thiago, Elliott, Gakpo, Carvalho
Subs: Alisson, Fabinho, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Robertson, Matip, Phillips, Doak
First match highlights
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For anyone who missed the initial clash between these two sides at Anfield last weekend.
They are also slated to meet at Molineux in the Premier League on February 4, after Wolves have travelled to Manchester City and Liverpool host Chelsea this Saturday.
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Another cracking early shot of Molineux, courtesy of Shaun Botterill of Getty Images.
Knockout cup football under the lights - you can’t beat it!
A reminder that if we are level after 90 minutes tonight, there will be 30 minutes of extra-time before a potential penalty shootout.
Lineups on the way
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Official team news from Molineux is less than 15 minutes away now. Stay tuned!
Wolves players to wear black armbands tonight
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Wolves have confirmed that their players will be donning black armbands at Molineux tonight.
They are doing so in memory of Jose Antonio Caro, the late father of first-team fitness coach Oscar Caro, who died on Sunday evening aged 66.
It is also a mark of respect for Agustin Agote, a cousin of manager Julen Lopetegui, who also passed away suddenly on Monday afternoon at the age of 56.
Liverpool to stick with 4-3-1-2 system?
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Liverpool deviated from their traditional 4-3-3 set-up at Brighton on Saturday, lining up in a 4-3-1-2 system with Cody Gakpo and Mo Salah in attack, supported by Thiago Alcantara the farthest forward midfielder, with Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and anchor Fabinho behind.
Could we witness that again from Klopp tonight, or will we see things go back to a more familiar formation with Darwin Nunez nearly fit?
Fabio Carvalho would obviously be a candidate to move into a front three, but he hasn’t featured at all since scoring in the first game back after the World Cup break - the 3-2 Carabao Cup defeat at Manchester City on December 22.
Klopp urges Liverpool to go back to basics
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Liverpool’s leaky defence has been their most worrying problem of late, with eight goals shipped now in the span of just three matches against Brighton, Wolves and Brentford.
Jurgen Klopp - who remains without defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk for weeks due to a hamstring injury - has urged his team to go back to basics in a bid to rediscover their form.
“These are football problems, and you solve them with football,” he said. “To play better football than we did at Brighton should not be that difficult.
“We have to be compact, we have to defend. The pitch looks too big when we are defending.
“You always go back to basics. From there, you can make steps. All the success in football starts with solid defending, and that’s what we have to do again.
“We have a lot of things to consider, we have two senior strikers available. We have to find solutions, that’s what we do pretty much every day.”
Lopetegui: Liverpool are still one of world’s best teams
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Jurgen Klopp’s opposite number Julen Lopetegui insisted at his pre-match press conference that preparations for tonight’s game were more or less the same as the first tie.
Despite some fancying his side’s chances of taking advantage of a wounded Liverpool on home soil, he remains under no illusions as to the qualities they still possess.
“I think Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world,” he said. “The qualities of their players, the quality of their coach, their history. They are going to come here looking to play a big match and we have to be ready to overcome them.
“The FA Cup is going to be an important aim for them and us too. We have to fight to be able to overcome a fantastic team.”
Asked if the crucial six-pointer win over West Ham could build momentum, he added: “It’s always a good thing to win, of course. We work for that, so they are three important points, but that is all.
It’s going to be a very hard and long run, so we have to be ready. These are three points, and we have to continue.”
Klopp going nowhere despite Liverpool malaise
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Liverpool’s dire season to date and more bad results has inevitably led to questions over Jurgen Klopp’s future, despite him having only signed an extension lasting until 2026 earlier this year.
The German insists he is going nowhere, but he has left the door open to other major changes elsewhere at the club in the summer.
“At Dortmund, it was clear when I left, I said ‘something has to change here’. It is a different situation,” he said yesterday.
“Either the manager’s position changes or a lot of other things change. So, as far as I am concerned unless someone tells me I will not go.
“So that means maybe there is a point where we have to change other stuff. We will see that, but that is something for the future. Like summer or whatever. Not now.
“I have space and time to think about it, we have to play better football now.”
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The calm before the storm!
A very chilly evening in store at Molineux - hopefully fans are wrapping up warm.
Temperatures will be stuck at around 0 degrees celsius during tonight’s contest after the latest UK cold snap.
Snow showers have been forecast in the area.
Wolves vs Liverpool prediction
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The first meeting was a superb cup tie and I can see more of the same at Molineux tonight.
Wolves are improving and Liverpool are struggling, so we could see another goalfest and another big-name scalp.
Wolves to progress, winning 2-1.
Liverpool team news
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Jurgen Klopp has pledged to field a strong Liverpool team tonight as they look to seal a revenge date with Brighton in the fourth round on January 29.
Luis Diaz, Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino and Arthur Melo are all still sidelined, while Diogo Jota is stepping up his recovery but still a few weeks away from playing again.
It remains to be seen if Darwin Nunez will be considered ready to play any part tonight, with Klopp having confirmed on Monday that the Uruguayan was “very close” to returning from a hamstring issue.
Wolves team news
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Wolves could have Diego Costa back for tonight’s FA Cup replay after the veteran striker missed the last three games with an unspecified knock.
However, Julen Lopetegui remains without the services of a raft of players including Chiquinho, Pedro Neto, Sasa Kalajdzic and Boubacar Traore.
New signing Mario Lemina is ineligible having not been registered for the first game at Anfield, while Paris Saint-Germain winger Pablo Sarabia has yet to finalise his £4.4m switch to Molineux.
Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes will be expected to line up in midfield against the club said to be interested in signing both players this month.
Where to watch Wolves vs Liverpool
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TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live and free-to-air on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the BBC iPlayer app and BBC Sport website.
Welcome to Wolves vs Liverpool LIVE coverage!
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Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Wolves vs Liverpool in the FA Cup.
It’s a third-round replay on the agenda at Molineux tonight and we should be in for another cracking tie if the four-goal thriller at Anfield between these two Premier League sides last weekend is anything to go by.
That game had no shortage of goals, excitement and a huge dollop of controversy, with the hosts no doubt eager to right those perceived wrongs here and continue to build under new boss Julen Lopetegui, having bounced back from their painful Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat by seeing off West Ham and escaping the Premier League relegation zone at the weekend.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are in something approaching crisis mode after a run of three defeats in six and eight goals conceded in just their last three matches, including a 3-0 loss at Brighton on Saturday that a frustrated Jurgen Klopp called his worst game in football.
Out of the League Cup, ninth in the Premier League and 10 points off the top four with Real Madrid to come next in the Champions League, the holders could sure use another deep run in this competition. Another trip to the Amex looms if they emerge victorious.
Kick-off tonight is at 7:45pm GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest match build-up, team news and live updates!