Liverpool got the job done.
The funny thing is that the Reds had the better chances, and there were numerous occasions in the first half when Liverpool couldn’t put it to bed. Various VAR shenanigans saw Liverpool go into half time 1-0 up, which they just about hung onto in the second half.
Jürgen Klopp admitted it was a challenge, but ultimately was happy with how it turned out.
“It was a tough test and rightly so”, BBC Sport report the Liverpool manager as saying. “We play for big stakes, and try to be successful and be as good as possible.
”Wolves are used to a tough rhythm of games. They made some changes. First half we were good and controlled the game, but I can imagine Wolves were not happy with the VAR decisions. However, the momentum went with them after that moment. We had nothing to do with the decisions.
”The second half they changed a bit. We were not fresh enough in mind to react. Alisson wanted to make the game quick, and nobody else wants to it to be! Football is like life. Sometimes you are 100% ready and sometimes not. It was a big fight today.”
He was of course asked about the two big VAR decisions, in which a Liverpool goal was allowed for hitting Adam Lallana’s shoulder rather than his arm, and the Wolves goal ruled offside by a fraction in the build up.
“We are in December and coming into January”, Klopp told Sky Sports. “Players standing around that long waiting is not good. I would prefer if referees going to the screen.
”I think the first situation it would help. But if you think offside, then it takes a while. But with the possible handball it could be quicker. That’s how we do it England at the moment. We were on the other side of VAR decisions at Aston Villa. These things happen, nobody likes it.”
There was a lot of nonsense to get there, but Liverpool won because they are better than Wolves. They’re better than everyone.