Jurgen Klopp welcomed the return of the “passion” Liverpool have been lacking as a much-changed side beat Wolves 1-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay at Molineux.
Reds manager Klopp made eight changes to his starting line-up following an alarming 3-0 Premier League defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
Harvey Elliott was among the players who came into the side and the teenager proved to be the match-winner, scoring the only goal with a stunning long-range strike in the 13th minute.
A first win in four matches gives the holders an opportunity to exact revenge on Brighton in a fourth-round tie at the Amex Stadium.
It was anything but a classic all-Premier League tie after a 2-2 draw at Anfield ensured the two sides had to do battle again, but Klopp was not concerned about entertainment value.
He told BBC Sport: “It feels like ages ago we had a feeling of winning and playing well. We had to fight hard at the end, which we controlled for long periods. It is great and the reaction we wanted to see.”
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Klopp vowed he would not quit after the defeat to Brighton and urged his players to go “back to basics”.
The German was impressed with the way they responded to a painful loss last weekend.
“From the passion we showed, yes,” he said. “It is my job to help the boys and find the formation where they feel good from the start. Stefan Bajcetic and the whole midfield was really compact, so it was difficult for Wolves to find the key players like Joao Moutinho. I liked the game a lot.”
Elliott was named man of the match, but Klopp felt several of his players were candidates for the award.
He added: “It was good from Harvey Elliott, especially after an early knock to the ankle. He fought through, and the goal was exceptional.
“I had a few man of the match performances today. We played a really good first half, had good periods in the second, and in the end it was just passion to block the shots. A cup game, great.”