Jota haunts Wolves as Liverpool get back to PL winning ways
Diogo Jota came back to haunt Wolves on his return to Molineux, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 for Liverpool that leaves them 5 points off the top 4.
After six defeats in their last seven league games, Liverpool’s bid to end this dismal run of form began in uncomfortable fashion. After failing to catch a routine cross, Alisson went crashing into Nelson Semedo in the six yard box. With Craig Pawson unruffled by the very few penalty claims, the host’s may believe they were unlucky to not get a penalty.
Following a nervy opening two minutes, Brazil’s number one made up for his blunder as he denied a low driven shot from the adventurous Semedo on the edge of the Liverpool box. Despite this bright opening from Wolves, Liverpool soon began to dominate possession, and chances followed.
The first warning sign for Wolves came in the twelfth minute as link up play between Thiago and Wijnaldum released Sadio Mané through on goal who took the ball too wide of Patricio, allowing the Wolves defenders to get back and put a stop to the Reds’ attack.
Another big chance went begging for Klopp’s men as Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was enjoying a lot of the ball, put one of his trademark crosses onto the head of Mané who narrowly headed wide.
As the interval drew closer, Neves forced Alisson into a save from a free-kick, before arrowing a second attempt wide of the Liverpool goal.
On his return to Molineux, Jota was able to show off his goalscoring prowess on the stroke of half time. Similar to Salah’s goal against Leipzig in midweek, lovely link up play between the front three set Jota away on the left, who powerfully squeezed his shot in at the near post.
With Jota scoring against his former club on the stroke of half time, Coady nearly returned the favour against his boyhood club immediately after the interval as he headed just over from a Roman Saiss cross.
Referee Craig Pawson waved off another penalty claim by Wolves as a slight push by Alexander-Arnold on the back of Moutinho wasn’t punished. Liverpool were unable to sustain any threatening possession in the second half providing Wolves with numerous opportunities to grab an equaliser.
Traore saw his long range shot sting the hands of Alisson moments before Patricio denied Mané from doubling Liverpool’s lead. The Portuguese keeper was called into action seconds later as Salah found himself goal side and if it wasn’t for the fingertips of Patricio, the Egyptian would’ve extended his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts.
Salah thought he’d sealed the victory for the Champions after Oxlade-Chamberlain fed him through on goal and he smartly finished past the onrushing Patricio. A correct offside call denied the forward.
In his attempt to deny Salah, Rui Patricio suffered what looked to be a nasty head injury after colliding with the knee of a full speed Connor Coady. An injury that led to a 15 minute delay and took the gloss off a return to winning ways for Liverpool.
Nuno on Patricio: “We have just had an update, he is OK and is going to recover”.
Patricio (7), Jonny (6), Semedo (7), Coady (6), Boly (6) Saiss (6), Neves (7), Mourinho (6), Neto (6), Willian Jose (6), Traore (7)
Subs: Silva (6), Gibbs-White (6), Dendoncker (6), Ruddy (N/A)
Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (8), Kabak (7), Philips (7), Robertson (7), Fabinho (7), Thiago (7), Wijnaldum (7), Salah (7), Mané (8), Jota (8)
Subs: Milner (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Keita (6)
Man of the Match: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Jürgen Klopp believed his side had to defend well and were in a big fight in their 1-0 victory over Wolves - “It’s all about the result. A big fight. If we want three dirty points, I’m fine with that”
Written by Thomas Barnes