Caoimhin Kelleher says Liverpool players were pleased with a ‘hard-fought’ win over Wolves last night.
The Reds got themselves into the fourth-round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Molineux. That gave them their first win of 2023 at the fourth time of asking. And speaking to LFCTV after the match, Kelleher was asked whether the gritty nature of the victory was important.
“I think that’s what we were saying in there,” he replied. “It was kind of a hard-fought away win. Coming away here it’s not easy. Sometimes you just have to grind out results and I think that’s what we did tonight. We showed some great character to get the result and get a clean sheet.”
The young goalkeeper is absolutely right. Too often this season Liverpool have been a soft touch. But under intense pressure from a desperate Wolves side, they stood up to be counted.
Liverpool finally show up
In many ways, this was the performance that Liverpool had been crying out for for a little while.
Earlier in the season, poor results have been followed with uncompetitive wins giving a false sense of security. Think the 9-0 and 7-0 wins over Bournemouth and Rangers respectively.
Although good wins in isolation, they perhaps only served to paper over deeper cracks in the Liverpool armour. Inevitably, further collapses followed these handsome outliers.
But last night was the opposite of that. Coming off the back of perhaps their worst game of the season at Brighton, Liverpool had to show a response.
The Wolves crowd’s tails were up after some perceived injustice at Anfield in the original fixture.
With a weakened side out from the start, it had the makings of another difficult away trip for Liverpool.
To the Reds credit though, they rode out a difficult start and put their stamp on proceedings. Too often this season Liverpool have been physically weak and apparently uninterested.
Last night they were back to their old selves. Snapping into challenges and pressing high up the pitch, they resembled the Liverpool we’ve become used to in recent years. The result is always the most important thing in the cup, but Kelleher and co have every right to be pleased with their performance too. Keep it going now, Reds.