Jurgen Klopp is in favor of defending after Liverpool held Wolves in the FA Cup

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says his side’s defense looks worse than it really is – but that’s little consolation after another shaky performance in a 2-2 draw with underdogs Wolves opened up their FA Cup relegation chances.

Alisson Becker gave the opener Goncalo Guedes a sloppy pass, but the Brazilian goalkeeper’s hopes of keeping his first clean sheet in seven matches did not help.

Brilliant finishes from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah – his 173rd at the club, surpassing the great Kenny Dalglish on the club’s all-time list – turned the tide.

However, Liverpool’s defensive problems returned as Hwang Hee-Chan equalized within four minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute and Wolves could easily have won the tie.

“I understand how it looks after a while but it’s just open because we think we can win a challenge and then we don’t win it and then it’s really hard to deal with,” Klopp said.

“It’s not like they had chance after chance now; what causes it to us is a lot of effort to fix it at the end and if you are already there so you can win where you are then you don’t have to run back and try to solve the problems there. “

Liverpool have conceded the first goal in more than half of their games this season and have only kept eight clean sheets in 27 games.

Klopp was asked if this was a concern for him.

“Not generally, but in moments. It doesn’t apply, you watch the match and then you see what happens.

“Whatever you play, high-line, deep-line, ball-oriented, man-oriented – you have to win challenges. There is no alternative.

I already mentioned it in the dressing room and I will mention it again because the next team we face is Brighton, who are famous for playing good football.

“If you’re not defending there properly, then why should we go there?”

Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui has no illusions that cup competitions are second to none for survival in the Premier League, but he has enjoyed his introduction to English football.

Since taking the lead in his first match, a home Carabao Cup draw with Gillingham after the World Cup restart, the former Spain coach has only lost once – to Manchester United 1-0 – in his five games in charge.

A big week lies ahead with a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Nottingham Forest followed by six-point relegation to West Ham, and a well-deserved draw against Liverpool added confidence.

However, this did not distract Lopetegui from the task for which he was brought in – namely, saving the 19th-ranked team from relegation.

Julen Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui enjoyed his first FA Cup management experience (Peter Byrne/PA)

“I like it very much. It’s impossible not to enjoy this environment and these kinds of games,” he said after leaving Anfield with a draw.

“This is England. This is the cup. (But) the real situation is that we are in a bad position in the league and that is the main thing.

“We need to change that to achieve what we want. We have to be mentally strong, believe in ourselves and work hard for every game.

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