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Twitter reacts to Liverpool's second cup exit this week

29 January 2017

It is also Southampton's first final in any competition since 2010 and a first major final since their 2003 FA Cup defeat against Arsenal.

"But the cup is a brilliant thing to go and play in".

In the league, they are now in fourth place and ten points adrift of Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp was at a loss to explain Liverpool's performance in the shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Anfield.

The home side may well opt to make some changes of their own, having played late on Wednesday before an early Saturday kick off, but I have no doubts that they will be keen on fielding a strong side against us with a comfortable mid-table finish in the league looking likely.

Let's forget the cup competitions, as squad rotation and prioritising the league has played a big part in their exit from those.

Yet it was a testament to Southampton's skill in finding and developing talent that they were comfortably the better side over the two legs of the last-four clash and could have won by a far greater margin.

The onus on Klopp and his assistants is to tweak their style and get back to winning games on the bounce again so that confidence returns. Middlesbrough, in sixteenth position, have conceded three less than that.

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'You learn about situations and players all the time.

Simply put, you can not win the Premier League if you concede too many goals.

Divock Origi grabbed an 86th-minute consolation for the hosts to ensure a frenetic end to the match, but Wolves defended grimly and threatened constantly on the counter-attack. It's all well and good scoring contributing when the team is playing well, but senior players like Lallana, Hendo, Coutinho et al need to show up when the team is struggling, and that isn't happening right now. Players get exhausted, form dips and shortcomings in the squad become highlighted. If they suffer injuries or players are not performing, problems occur and then escalate.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he said: "Sturridge is a completely different player now to when he first came to Liverpool".

Are Liverpool stuttering? Is their title challenge over? Although it does look that way, they can not be written off just yet.

Liverpool have lacked such a player since Sadio Mane departed for the African Cup of Nations.

"You look at the two benches [above] and when you see Shane Long coming on you think: "that's better than what Liverpool have got on the bench" - in terms of a forward coming on".

Klopp nonetheless congratulated Southampton for their win in the midst of his rant about the Reds' profligate finishing.

Twitter reacts to Liverpool's second cup exit this week