Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have got a close-quarters look at one of his future stars on Saturday evening as his side contested a thrilling 2-2 FA Cup draw with Wolves. Matheus Nunes has long been of interest to the Reds and the possibility of a move to Anfield remains, although the board may have to act fast.
The big story for Reds fans was Cody Gakpo getting his first run-out since completing a £37million move from PSV Eindhoven. There were some nice touches from the Dutchman but Darwin Nunez came up with the night’s most memorable moment as he volleyed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sumptuous cross.
Mohamed Salah also scored after the break, while Goncalo Guedes and Hwang Hee-chan were on target for Wolves with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson having an unfortunate hand in both goals.
It looked as though Julen Lopetegui’s Wolves would cause a major upset and power through to the fourth round when Toti poked home but a controversial offside decision saw the goal chalked off and the two sides will play each other again in a third-round replay.
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His energy, passing range and all-round attributes make him an ideal player to slot into Klopp’s system and they could test Wolves’ resolve in the summer, providing an anticipated swoop for fellow midfielder Jude Bellingham doesn’t get in the way.
The Reds backed out of paying for Nunes last year and handed a new long-term contract to Harvey Elliott, who has been given more responsibility this term and taken criticism in the process for the team’s defensive struggles.