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Liverpool's shock defeat to Wolves poses big questions

Championship side Wolves held on to stun Liverpool and reach the FA Cup fifth round with a deserved victory at Anfield.

Richard Stearman put the visitors ahead after only 53 seconds, left unmarked to head in Helder Costa's free-kick.

Costa then set up Andreas Weimann to round Liverpool keeper Loris Karius and double Wolves' lead before the break.

Divock Origi scored late on to set up a frantic finale but a largely subdued Liverpool failed to find an equaliser.

The result is the second defeat in cup competition in four days for Jurgen Klopp's side after they lost to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, and a third home defeat in a week.

The first time in five years that Liverpool have suffered three defeats - and all at Anfield - and despite having a long term contract Klopp is under massive pressure.

Klopp has paid the penalty for under-estimating the opposition and his fringe players just don't look good enough.

Nothing but a win over league leaders Chelsea on Tuesday will repair the damage done in what has proved to be the worst January in the club's recent history.

With confidence so low though there will not be many putting the mortgage on a Liverpool win and for the first time in recent years Liverpool might start a league game as second favourites.

JB

 

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