Liverpool booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton at Molineux on Tuesday night.

The away start was strong, with Liverpool’s midfield looking much more controlled in their pressing and they took the lead in the 13th minute when Harvey Elliott’s shot from distance left goalkeeper José Sa with no chance of stopping.

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Both sides struggled to create many meaningful chances in a match in which Liverpool’s midfield trio shone. Ruben Neves had one of his best goalscoring opportunities, but failed to convert a free-kick from a promising position before Joe Gomez intervened to stop Wolverhampton striker Raul Jiménez from scoring a shot on goal.

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A late draw gave Wolves’ Matheus Cunha the chance to fly over the bar, leaving FA Cup winners Liverpool firmly on their first clean sheet in six games.

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Positive sides

Liverpool needed a response after a disappointing loss to Brighton over the weekend and there were clear signs of improvement this evening. The Reds pressed much better as a team in a game in which they were much harder to break.

Negative

Manager Jurgen Klopp’s team could have done more in terms of creating chances. Aside from Elliott’s long-range goal, the Reds haven’t done much.

Manager rating (out of 10)

Jurgen Klopp, 7 years old. A heavily redesigned squad has given Liverpool strength, although many of the players Klopp has given an opportunity to in this match will give him a headache when choosing in the future.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes are not ranked)

GC Kevin Kelleher, 6 — Ireland’s quiet 45 minutes of opening showed that Kelleher was mostly a spectator from the start. Was hoping to get a hand on a Ruben Neves free kick in the second half to keep him out of harm’s way.

D. F. Ibragimovich, 7 — He was aggressive in this match and did not leave Wolves forward Raul Jimenez enough room to act, causing the Mexican international to drift.

DF Joe Gomez, 7 The 25-year-old man appeared confident when called and was in a good position to react quickly in moments of danger. Switched to right-back in the 66th minute when James Milner was substituted.

DF Konstantinos Tsimikas, 6 Tsimikas showed intent when in possession of the ball and sought to bring the ball into the attacking zone. He was also active with his overlapping runs down the left flank and silenced Wolves striker Adama Traore on a couple of occasions.

DF James Milner, 6 — The 37-year-old has worked hard at both ends of the field and kept his opponent quiet. In the 65 minutes in which he starred, his flank received little attention. Nat Phillips replaced him in the 66th minute.

Midfielder Stefan Baicetić, 7 — An encouraging performance from an 18-year-old who made smart decisions while interrupting play in the middle of the field. The Spanish youth international looked even better in the second half, throwing in a number of key problems that helped his team launch attacks.

MF Thiago, 8 years old — Thiago again appeared to be Liverpool’s brightest midfielder that evening, displaying consistent performance in which he dictated play from midfield.

MF Nabi Keita, 7 years old — Positive play by Keita in his first start of the season. He pressed well from midfield and often found the right moments to dribble into Wolves territory.

FW Cody Gakpo, 6 — So far, this is Gakpo’s brightest performance of his Liverpool career. The Dutch international led the line well for his team and although he missed the score sheet, which was undoubtedly what Liverpool brought him in for, he impressed with his late work, which allowed him to bring others into the game.

FW Fabio Carvalho, 6 — Carvalho has been impressive during periods where he has kept himself simple and has often managed to maintain Liverpool’s periods of possession. Replaced Curtis Jones in the 66th minute.

F.W. Harvey Elliott, 8 A powerful shot from outside the penalty area did not leave the goalkeeper José Sa no chance. Worked hard to come back to help protect when needed.

Substitutes

Mohamed Salah (Gakpo, 65″) 6 — Came out instead of Gakpo and led the line, but he didn’t have a chance to do anything.

Curtis Jones (Carvalho, 66″) 6 — Often made the right decision in possession and came back to deal with Nelson Semedo’s overlapping streaks.

Nat Phillips (Milner, 66″) 6 — Called a free kick from a dangerous position shortly after entering the field, but there seemed to be little contact.

Fabinho (Baisetich, 75″) N/A — He helped defend until the end of the game, when he came out instead of Baisetic.