Liverpool did not deserve FA Cup knockout at Wolves - Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool did not deserve FA Cup knockout at Wolves - Xherdan Shaqiri

But some of the momentum in their season might have been lost, with the defeat to Wolves coming four days after a 2-1 loss at Manchester City their first league defeat of the season.

With Liverpool now in the midst of a serious Premier League title challenge, it wasn't a surprise to see Klopp named a youthful side.

Liverpool will now have this luxury as they will not be playing on FA Cup weekends and so long as Klopp gets lucky with injuries, the disappointment against Wolves on Monday could, eventually, work in his favour.

Jones, Comacho and Hoever all made their competative debuts for Liverpool - with 16-year-old Hoever becoming the third youngster player in Anfield history.

The German made nine changes from the team that started in the previous game at Manchester City, with the likes of Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge all being handed starts.

"Two or three of that line up won't be at the club come the start of pre-season", Aldridge wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

"I would rather we had won but we have the best chance we've had in years of winning the Premier League and it may be years before we're in this position again".

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"Klopp gave an opportunity to some senior pros who have been waiting for their chance but they wasted it".

Liverpool's first choice team would not have lost at Molineux, yet the performances of some of Klopp's back-up players confirmed what we already knew; a lot of them are not good enough to be playing for this club.

"You certainly couldn't attach any blame to the young lads. We have to make sure we bounce back and look at where we can get better", he said.

"It was a great hit but he shouldn't have been allowed to get the shot away".

Liverpool travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on the weekend with a four-point advantage at the top of the table.

With the Champions League not set to continue until mid-February, Liverpool can now just concentrate exclusively on the Premier League.

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