Wolverhampton 0 – 1 Liverpool
Diogo Jota Wolverhampton chased the winner on his first return to Molino, but Liverpool’s 1-0 win was overshadowed by a late injury to goalkeeper Roy Patricio.
On his first return to his former club since his summer move to Anfield, Jota scored the decisive first-half stoppage-time goal quietly near the post that got goalkeeper Patricio but was unable to move away.
Mohamed Salah could have made Liverpool’s victory more comfortable had his late attempt not been ruled out due to offside, but that proved insignificant after Patricio sustained a late head injury that delayed procedures for 15 minutes before being transferred from the stadium on a stretcher.
Liverpool withstood the wolves’ rally late when the match finally resumed to sixth in the table after their second Premier League win in eight matches, but the victory was put to one side as ideas turned to Patricio’s luxury.
Wolves: Patricio (7), Polly (6), Coady (6), Saiss (6), Semedo (7), Nevis (6), Moutinho (6), Johnny (5), Neto (6), Jose (7), Traore (6)
Submarines: Silva (6), Dendoncker (5), Gibbs White (Unknown), Ruddy (Unavailable) /
Liverpool: Alison (7), Alexander Arnold (6), Phillips (7), Capac (6), Robertson (6), Vinaldom (6), Fabinho (6), Thiago (5), Mane (6), Jota (8) ), False (7).
Submarines: Milner (6), Keita (6), Oxlade Chamberlain (5).
Man of the Match: Diogo Jota
Jota restores Liverpool’s sense of victory. Patricio stretched
Liverpool traveled to Molino to try to avoid a seventh Premier League defeat at eight, but their attempt began in a nervous fashion.
Allison flopped through Adama Traore’s cross in the six-yard box before crashing into Wolves ‘defender Nelson Semedo while trying to collect the leak, but referee Craig Pawson was unimpressed by the hosts’ requests for penalties.
- Willie Polly substituted Leander Dendoncker in Wolverhampton’s only change after their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.
- Liverpool are unchanged from their Champions League win over RB Leipzig, as Diogo Jota faced the Wolves at Molino for the first time since his £ 45m move to Anfield last summer.
Semedo tied Alison in his first game save with a powerful shot near the post in a bright opening five minutes after Wolverhampton, but Liverpool quickly took control of the ball and opportunities followed.
Thiago and Giorginho Wijnaldum met in midfield to release Sadio Mane in the net in the 13th minute, but goalkeeper Patricio had to clear him off goal, and when he finally fired, Wolverhampton regained their bodies to block it.
Liverpool confined the wolves to fleeting glimpses of the goal on the counter and should have had a goal to show their superiority in the 38th minute but Mane could only aim a header far from the cross of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Robin Neves rescued Alison from a free kick before he hit a wide-angle shot as the second half approached, but the visitors’ lead in stoppage time in the first half.
One double match between Mane and Salah ended with hitting Jota on the left channel, and the Portuguese celebrated his return to Molino by pressing a shot into the close goal that Patricio would feel he should have saved after he got a hand. a ball.
Connor Cody and Salah exchanged efforts as the two sides raised the rhythm after the break. Traore was hit by a cross from Allison before Wolverhampton was denied a penalty for the second time when Alexander-Arnold’s shot at Joao Moutinho in the area went unpunished.
Traore stung Alison’s comfort before Patricio prevented Mane from clinching Liverpool’s victory at the other end. Salah seemed to have settled the points when he ran for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s pass and shot it into the net, but the attempt was canceled due to offside.
Wolverhampton goalkeeper Patricio suffered a blow to the head while trying to stop Salah from scoring, resulting in a 15-minute delay that effectively ended the hosts’ challenge and blotted out Liverpool’s return to winning ways.
Wolves lose to Liverpool again – match stats
- The Wolves have lost their last nine Premier League matches against Liverpool, the longest joint losing streak to a team in league history along with nine-game losing streak to Brighton between 1979-1989.
- Liverpool have lost only two of their last 100 Premier League matches in which they have scored the first goal (W84 D14).
- Liverpool have won four of their last five away matches in the Premier League (L1), and have also won their previous 15 matches on the road in the competition (D6 L5).
- Only Sheffield United (22) conceded the first goal in Premier League matches this season more than Wolverhampton (19 with West Bromwich Albion).
- Only Raul Jimenez (18) has scored more goals in the Premier League at Molino than Diogo Jota (11-level with Stephen Fletcher).
“Patricio is okay” – what the managers said …
Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo: “We just got an update, he’s fine. It’s been a collision with Caddy’s knee on his head. We’ve already spoken. All these situations when the head is worrying us. It’s okay and it’ll refresh.”
“We played well. We had chances, we defended well and played good football with some opportunities that we had to take advantage of. The building and formation were good and the players played a good game. There is a lot of things to improve but the positive attitude showed that we can compete.”
“The same goal we always achieve; improvement, good competition, trying to adjust some things, and we were able to maintain our performance from the first half to the second half – after the result. There is a lot of football to play.”
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp: “It was a terrible situation [with Patricio]. I spoke to Wolves, they are pretty positive. It was an appropriate shock.
“[On the game] It’s all about the result. Big fight. If we want three dirty spots, I’m fine with that. We had very good moments where we should have performed better. Defensively the whole match was really good.
“I didn’t like the start, we weren’t energetic enough. We defended well, we attacked the rebound. Lots of really good soccer moments. The goal we scored was nice. I thought the goalkeeper was going to save him but he was and was on.
“There is a lot of good news tonight but most importantly, the three points. We want to get in.” [international] Cut with a positive feeling and we have it. “
Man of the Match – Diogo Jota
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota became the second player to score goals for and against Wolverhampton in the Premier League after Stephen Hunt.
Liverpool travel to Arsenal on Super Sunday On April 4 at 4.30pm, before Wolverhampton hosts West Ham Day Monday Night Football 8.15 PM April 5 – Watch the two matches live on Sky Sports Premier League.