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Liverpool and Wolves Play Thrilling Draw, Set Up FA Cup Replay

08 January 2023, Sunday
Liverpool were forced to re-examine their FA Cup defence after being held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Wolves. This game was a close affair and Alisson gifted Goncalo Guedes the opening goal with a poor clearance that landed in the Kop-end box. The Reds will now have to come through a replay to maintain their tournament progression.

Liverpool recovered to secure a draw in a dramatic encounter against Red Bull Salzburg, with Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah scoring either side of half-time to put them in the lead. Their lead was cancelled out by Hwang Hee-chan's goal past the hour mark, but were ultimately spared from a defeat as a late Toti goal was ruled out due to a marginal offside call.

The re-match to decide who progresses to the fourth round is now set to be played, with Wolves likely feeling confident after their impressive performance at Anfield. Both sides will have to come face-to-face once more and compete for a place in the next round. During the game, Wolves showed they were more than a match for Liverpool and will be hoping to repeat the display in the rematch.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the current Liverpool side is lacking in quality and will struggle to reach the same heights of recent seasons. Discussions between the coaching staff at Kirkby have not been able to turn the situation around, nor was the downtime from the World Cup sufficient to make the needed improvements, and the signing of Cody Gakpo has not changed the outlook either. It could be a difficult season for the Merseyside club.

As we approach the end of the season, Liverpool fans must be left wondering how many more defeats might be in store. With no new players expected to be brought in in January, they must brace themselves for what could be a difficult final few weeks. These could result in the Reds falling further down the Premier League table. 

What is certain is that this season has been a difficult one for Liverpool, with a number of key players struggling with injury and poor form. With the current squad at Jürgen Klopp's disposal, fans must prepare for the possibility of more losses before the season concludes. Where this could leave the team in the Premier League table is anyone's guess. 

The outcome of the next few weeks will be crucial if Liverpool are to have any hope of recouping their losses and clawing their way back up the table in time for the final whistle. With strength of character and a positive attitude, the Reds could yet pull themselves away from danger before this challenging campaign comes to a close.

Matheus Nunes demonstrated his quality against a Liverpool midfield that has been struggling this season, displaying what the Reds are missing.

Portugal international Mario Gotze nearly joined Liverpool during the summer, but the deal ultimately failed to materialize. 

He showed enough in his cameo to suggest he would have improved things for the Reds had the transfer gone through. Liverpool may still attempt to sign him in the future, however, he cannot play for a third club in a single season as per FIFA rules, meaning he won't be available in January.

This is a mistake that the Reds have made, not taking the chance to bring Gotze to the club when they could have.

There were few positives to be taken from another difficult outing, but the display of Cody Gakpo on his debut certainly shone.

The Dutchman looked composed and physically prepared to tackle the rigours of the English game and was directly involved in Salah's goal.

It was also evident that there already existed an understanding between Gakpo and Andy Robertson, suggesting he could easily settle into the team.

That is something Liverpool desperately need to help them recover from this dire period of form.
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