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Wolves knock Liverpool out of FA Cup

Wolves' Richard Stearman (centre) celebrates his goal. Credit: PA

Talk of a crisis may be premature but Liverpool's season is certainly in freefall after an FA Cup exit to Wolves heaped more scrutiny on Jurgen Klopp and his players.

The Sky Bet Championship side's deserved 2-1 victory at Anfield, coming just three days after the Reds' EFL Cup semi-final defeat to Southampton, only added to the growing despondency which has descended on the Merseyside club this month.

This year has not been kind to Liverpool with just one win - over League Two Plymouth in a third-round replay - in eight matches and the writing was on the wall after just 52 seconds when Richard Stearman headed home a free-kick, albeit it from an initial offside position.

When an unmarked Andreas Weimann ran through the middle to easily round Loris Karius just before half-time the anger felt by the home crowd could only be exceeded by an agitated Klopp.

Divock Origi sparked a frantic last five minutes and then had a shot cleared off the line, but it was too little, too late.

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Coutinho walking in footsteps of Liverpool legends

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Credit: PA

Philippe Coutinho wants to put his name alongside some of the greats to have played for Liverpool after committing his long-term future to the Merseyside club earlier this week, signing a five-year deal.

"No need to wait. I know. I live this every day, I can smell it. I see the ambition of the club, my team-mates, the manager. I am living it, seeing it. Wait to sign? No. No. Now is the right time," the 24-year-old Brazilian told the Daily Mail.

"My football is here. My heart is here. I don't think about any other club. Not at all.

"I understand what Liverpool means. We can say (Kenny) Dalglish, (Ian) Rush, (Alan) Hansen, (Graeme) Souness, (Luis) Suarez, (Steven) Gerrard. I've been here quite a few years already, it's not like I am new. I understand.

"To have signed a new contract at this club, my goal is to be thought of one day in the same way as these players. They are legends. You define the success of a player by his loyalty or his titles. Or both. In order to be part of this group, I have so much to do.

"I want to win titles. Five years is my new contract… it gives me that opportunity."

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