Diogo Jota marked his return to Wolves with a profitable objective as Liverpool earned a 1-0 victory at Molineux on Monday.
Making his first look at his former dwelling since a £45million switch final yr, the Portuguese netted the decisive strike of a tightly contested recreation.
That ensured Jurgen Klopp’s aspect constructed on a restoration began in opposition to RB Leipzig within the Champions League to maneuver as much as sixth within the Premier League desk.
The hosts, in the meantime, continued an up-and-down marketing campaign with a twelfth league defeat that was additional soured by the late lack of goalkeeper Rui Patricio to a head damage, which prompted a 14-minute stoppage and the usage of a concussion substitution.
Rui Patricio is stretchered from the sector following prolonged therapy to a head damage. John Ruddy will end the sport in objective.
— Wolves (@Wolves) March 15, 2021
A fast begin from Wolves resulted in a powerful penalty declare inside the primary three minutes, Alisson maybe lucky to not be punished for bringing down Nelson Semedo after spilling an Adama Traore cross.
However after the hosts wasted quite a few promising counter-attacking alternatives, Liverpool started to develop in confidence and may have been forward when Sadio Mane was performed by means of on objective however didn’t kind his toes in time to shoot.
The sport continued in back-and-forth style thereafter, with Ruben Neves losing Wolves’ finest likelihood when he drove nicely broad following a cross to the again publish that gave him loads of time.
And that miss was punished seconds earlier than the half-time whistle because the returning Jota completed off a sweeping transfer involving Mane and Mohamed Salah together with his left foot.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s males began the second half as brightly as that they had the primary and would have hoped to see Conor Coady do higher than head over an inviting cross after a half-cleared nook.
They continued to pile strain on the champions, although, with solely a powerful hand from Alisson stopping a low Traore cross from being turned goalward.
Wolves struggled to create something extra significant throughout the rest of the match, nonetheless, and will have been overwhelmed extra comfortably had a good offside name not denied Salah 4 minutes from the tip of regular time in an incident that noticed Patricio maintain a regarding blow.
What does it imply? Reds restoration continues
If Liverpool hoped to make use of their development to the Champions League quarter-finals as a springboard to improved league kind, this was a perfect begin.
It nonetheless stays to be seen, nonetheless, whether or not Klopp’s males can enhance the house kind that has been the supply of their current ills.
Three factors however tonight our ideas are with Rui Patricio
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 15, 2021
Mane quietly stars for Reds
He maybe ended the sport wishing he had finished extra from some promising positions – not least his early one-on-one likelihood – however Mane was doubtless the star man in Liverpool’s assault at Molineux.
The Senegalese not solely brilliantly arrange Jota’s decisive objective, he additionally took a game-high 5 pictures and produced two key passes.
Thiago fails to construct on promise
After starring alongside Fabinho within the second leg in opposition to Leipzig final week, Thiago Alcantara reverted to the participant that has struggled within the early phases of his Liverpool profession right here.
The Spaniard picked up his customary reserving, misplaced possession on 16 events and conceded extra fouls than every other Reds participant (three) earlier than being subbed.
Key Opta Information
– Wolves have misplaced their previous 9 Premier League video games in opposition to Liverpool, their joint-longest dropping run versus a aspect of their league historical past alongside 9 consecutive defeats vs Brighton between 1979 and 1989.
– Liverpool have solely misplaced two of their final 100 Premier League video games through which they’ve scored first (W84 D14).
– The Reds have gained 4 of their previous 5 away Premier League video games (L1), as many as that they had gained of their earlier 15 on the highway within the competitors (D6 L5).
– Jota turned simply the second participant to attain each for and in opposition to Wolves within the Premier League after Stephen Hunt.
– Liverpool’s James Milner made his 158th Premier League look in its place, the joint-most within the competitors’s historical past alongside Peter Crouch.
A mix of the worldwide break and FA Cup scheduling means Liverpool are actually not in motion till they journey to Arsenal on April 4.
Wolves’ wait will go till the day after, one other Monday fixture at Molineux, this time in opposition to West Ham.