Jimenez, Neves strike as Wolves bounce Liverpool from FA Cup
Wolves rode goals from Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves to a 2-1 FA Cup third-round win against Liverpool on Monday night at Molineux.
Jurgen Klopp started a young and heavily rotated XI and was forced to bring on even more youth squad players when Dejan Lovren was replaced by 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever after the Croatian pulled up with an injury in the opening minutes.
Hoever, who Liverpool signed from Ajax in September 2018, joined Jerome Sinclair and Jack Robinson as the only 16-year-olds to play in a senior match and is the youngest player to ever play for the Reds in the FA Cup.
The hosts would go one up ahead of half-time after a James Milner giveaway in midfield allowed Jimenez to break and the Mexico international calmly dispatching his shot past Simon Mignolet to make it 1-0 at the break.
Liverpool got back on level terms soon after the restart, though, when Divock Origi picked up a loose ball at the top of Wolves’ penalty area and smashed a lovely, left-footed shot into the back of John Ruddy’s net.
However, Liverpool’s lead was short-lived after Ruben Vinagre picked out Neves at the other end and the Portuguese launched a low, swerving shot from 25 yards away that beat Mignolet at the near post.
Chasing an equaliser, Klopp brought Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah off the bench minutes after Ruddy had tipped a goal-bound Xherdan Shaqiri free kick off the post to preserve Wolves’ lead.
Liverpool’s attack improved dramatically with the addition of regulars Salah and Firmino, but the Premier League leaders couldn’t find their second as Wolves advanced to the fourth round.