THIS WAS NO FLUKE AS REDS OUT­PLAYED

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND -

SOME up­sets are born of luck. A mis­take, a fluke, a ref­eree’s de­ci­sion. This sen­sa­tional vic­tory was not one of them.

Wolves didn’t just match Liver­pool. They cov­ered more ground, tack­led more fiercely, de­fended with greater com­mit­ment and dis­ci­pline. Most wor­ry­ingly for Jur­gen Klopp, they even pressed more ef­fec­tively.

Yes, Liver­pool turned up the heat in the fi­nal half hour, as you’d ex­pect from a side con­tain­ing Daniel Stur­ridge and Philippe Coutinho.

But for the vast ma­jor­ity of an ab­sorb­ing 90 min­utes, the Premier League side were com­pre­hen­sively out­played, tech­ni­cally and tac­ti­cally, their weak­nesses ruth­lessly ex­posed by a mas­ter­class in coun­ter­at­tack­ing foot­ball.

Helder Costa will rightly take the plau­dits. For 50 min­utes, the Por­tuguese winger was un­stop­pable. But this was a day when all 11 play­ers were he­roes from top to bot­tom.

For­get the divi­sion. Wolves were sim­ply the bet­ter side.

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