Liverpool survive fierce Wolves attack, to clinch 2-1 win

Roberto Firmino celebrating his winner for Liverpool against Wolves
Roberto Firmino celebrating his winner for Liverpool against Wolves

Liverpool once again secure a victory at the end, this time over a spirited Wolves side at Molineux to maintain their 16-point lead a the top of the Premier League, with a match in hand.

At the end Roberto Firmino collected a pass from Jordan Henderson, who had scored the first Red goal at Molineux, and lashed a left-footed shot through past Rui Patricio in the 84th minute of the match.

Wolves matched Liverpool in every way statistically and looked like winning after Raul Jimenez header equalised in the 51st minute from a Tarore centre from right flank, cancelling out Henderson’s eighth-minute goal from a corner.

Liverpool, this season, have now won 22 of its 23 games and are unbeaten in 40 premier league games, stretching to last season. Liverpool can extend their lead by another three points by winning their game in hand, at West Ham, next week.

More than anything, Liverpool had during the days game, was Sadio Mane forcing off at 33rd minute of the match. His exit saw Takumi Minamino coming on as a substitute for his debut premier league match for Reds, becoming the ninth Japanese player to play in the English Premier League.

Asked if this was the toughest match his team had in current Premier League season, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “No. But it was a big one and was the toughest you could get for today for different reasons. He also added, “One thing is, of course, that Wolves are doing really well. They are really different to pretty much all other teams.
“They scored and then for 10 wild minutes Wolves … but then the game calmed down again and we could get control back a little bit.”

Klopp praised Wolves winger Adama Traore as “most of the time unplayable”, but also insisted that Liverpool had plenty of chances to kill the match off before Firmino’s late winner.
Red manager said: “The chances we had were incredible. We had four or five one-on-one situations with the goalie, which doesn’t happen every week. So we had brilliant moments and if we score there, game over. We don’t, that’s why it was 1-1. “