Klopp welcomed Liverpool’s return of ‘passion’ in their FA Cup win at Wolves
Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the passion Liverpool showed at Wolves
Jurgen Klopp welcomed the return of the “passion” Liverpool lacked as a much-changed side beat Wolves 1-0 in their FA Cup third round replay at Molineux.
Reds manager Klopp made eight changes to his starting line-up following a worrying 3-0 Premier League defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
Harvey Elliott was one of the players to come to the side and the teenager proved to be the gaaaame winner, scoring the only goal with a stunning long-range strike in the 13th minute.
A first win in four games gives the holders a chance to get revenge on Brighton in a fourth round clash at the Amex Stadium.
It was by no means an All-Premier League classic after a 2-2 draw at Anfield ensured both sides had to battle again, but Klopp is not concerned with the consolation value.
He told BBC Sport: “It feels like ages ago we had the feeling of winning and playing well. We had to fight hard in the end, which we controlled for a long time. It was great and the reaction we wanted to see.”
Klopp vowed he would not rest after the defeat to Brighton and urged his players to “get back to basics”.
Germany were impressed by the way they responded to last weekend’s painful defeat.
“From the enthusiasm we showed, yes,” he said. “My job is to help the players and find a formation that they feel good from the start.
“Stefan Bajcetic and the whole midfield are very compact, so it’s difficult for Wolves to find a key player like Joao Moutinho. I really like this game.”
Elliott was named man of the match but Klopp feels several of his players are candidates for the award.
He added: “That was good from Harvey Elliott, especially after the initial knock on the ankle. He fought hard, and the goal was outstanding.
“I brought on some of the best today. We played a really good first half, had a good period in the second half and in the end it was just a spirit to block shots. Cup game, good.”