Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed with another lacklustre performance from his team in front of the home support with the dramatic and controversial 2-2 clash resulting in a replay at Molineux to be arranged in an already congested fixture list for Liverpool.
Despite having 64% possession of the ball, Liverpool managed fewer shots on target (3 v 5), won fewer duels (35 v 46), all while registering fewer interceptions (6 v 8) and clearances (7 v 36) than their opponents, which was a testament to the Merseysiders’ inability to dominate the game.
In the first half, it was a similar story for the hosts this season as they went 1-0 down in the 26th minute when Goncalo Guedes found the back of the net, however, the game opened up again when Darwin Nunez delivered the equaliser just before the half-time whistle was blown.
In the second half, it looked more promising for Liverpool when the inevitable Mohammed Salah put his team ahead with a strike to make it 2-1 at Anfield but Wolves put up a fight when Hee-Chan Hwang scored another goal for the visitors 14 minutes later after being brought onto the pitch to make an impact.
The game wasn’t without its controversy as a decision that struck off the winning Wolves goal from Toti Gomes was met with confusion when the assistant referee had his flag up for offside against Matheus Nunes, however, the decision was not captured on the cameras that operate VAR.
The deputy editor of Mirror Football, Alex Richards, claimed the decision was “absolutely ridiculous” following ITV’s analysis of the situation.
Regardless, it doesn’t distract from the fact that Liverpool were awful once again and one player in particular put in a rather abject showing; Fabinho.
Over his 75-minute performance, the Brazilian alarmingly had fewer touches than goalkeeper Alisson Becker (41 v 39), lost four of his six duels, completed just 28 accurate passes and was dribbled past twice.
The midfielder’s poor display and clear inability to dominate in the centre of the pitch last night led to criticism of Fabinho’s entire campaign so far
Indeed, the Redmen TV’s Ste Hoare claimed Fabinho has “fallen off a cliff” along with a damning review of the rest of the midfield personnel too:
He said: “The very idea that we won’t sign a midfielder is negligent. Owners/Klopp/Ward or whoever need to pull their fingers out and sign one. We’ve got no legs in there at all. Hendo’s goosed, Thiago can’t constantly get back and Fabinho’s fallen off a cliff.”
That final statement is a rather accurate one with the Brazil international’s seasonal WhoScored rating of 6.69 in the Premier League this term the worst he has totted up during his time in England to date.
With that being said, the powers at Anfield must no longer ignore the warning signs that Liverpool could be in trouble in terms of their Champions League qualification chances and pursuit of trophies by acquiring the right profile of players to improve and strengthen the performance over the January transfer window.