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Midfielder must be axed: Three things we learned about Liverpool in defeat to Wolves

By Dominic Toner

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat against Wolves in the FA Cup fourth-round on Saturday.

Wijnaldum should be axed

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum delivered a poor display against Wolves and should be axed from the starting line-up for future matches. The 26-year-old should have dictated the match against the Championship opposition, but looked very quiet and short of quality. He offers very little going forward and there was no adventure in his passes. If Wijnaldum is in the team to break up counter attacks, he certainly failed in that area on Saturday. A spirited Wolves team were relentless on the break and completely exposed Liverpool’s vulnerable defence. Klopp has better central midfield options in his squad and should drop Wijnaldum to the bench.

Liverpool must beat Chelsea to keep season alive

The club’s exit from the FA Cup has piled the pressure even more on Tuesday’s meeting with Chelsea. The Merseyside club have been eliminated from the FA and EFL Cup in the past week, meaning they are only left competing in the Premier League. Liverpool were without European football this season and Jurgen Klopp may be regretting his team selection. He made nine changes against Wolves and gave his fringe players the chance to impress, but that plan seriously backfired. Liverpool have now lost their last three games and a defeat to Chelsea would practically end their title bid.

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Liverpool need a new left-back

Alberto Moreno endured a frustrating match against Wolves and his defensive positioning was poor. The left-back was given the run around by the impressive Helder Costa and certainly doesn’t have the quality to play in a top Premier League side. James Milner is currently the number one left-back and he has been converted into a defender from a midfielder. Klopp should prioritise a new full-back in the summer and purchase a world class player to sure up the defence. They were linked with a number of left-backs in the summer including Leicester’s emerging star Ben Chilwell and may wish he had done purchased more reinforcements.

In other Liverpool news, Paul Merson has claimed this first teamer is not world class.

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