Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui has called Harvey Elliott’s goal for Liverpool last night ‘very strange.’
Elliott scored the only goal of the game as the Reds won 1-0 in the FA Cup third-round replay at Molineux. It was a lovely strike from the youngster and worthy of winning the tie.
But speaking to wolves.co.uk after the match, Lopetegui clearly wasn’t convinced by Elliott’s 25-yarder.
“We started well, but after the goal, a very strange goal, I think we were out of the match in 20 minutes,” said the Spanish coach. “But then we changed some things and we improved, and in the second half, I can’t say anything about my players because they put all on the pitch and it was a pity for us and for our fans.”
Liverpool thankful to Sa error
To be fair to Lopetegui here, it was quite a strange goal from Elliott. There was nothing inherently wrong with what the 19-year-old did, he carried the ball well and struck it beautifully from range.
Rather, it was more the positioning of goalkeeper Jose Sa that took a little bit away from the goal.
Sa shouldn’t have been beaten by the shot, simple as that really. He’s a top goalkeeper who was rated good enough to be in Portugal’s World Cup squad recently.
It was a nice, clean hit from Elliott but it ended up near enough in the middle of the goal.
Neither in the top of the net nor in the corner, there have to be question marks as to how it sailed over Sa’s head into the net.
As far as comparisons go, it wasn’t dissimilar to Moussa Djenepo’s recent strike against Manchester City. Part dink part screamer, both goals should maybe go down as goalkeeping erorrs.
Not that Liverpool, or Elliott will care. They’re through to the next round and on-course to defend their trophy.
After a dismal couple of performances all that mattered was getting the job done. With a helping hand from Sa, it eventually was.