Liverpool snatched victory against Wolves at Molinuex on Saturday afternoon thanks to a late winner from Divock Origi, sending them back to the top of the Premier League
Liverpool have returned to the top of the Premier League following a dramatic 1-0 victory against Wolves at Molinuex on Saturday.
Substitute Divock Origi scored a 94th minute winner for the Reds to secure three precious points on a tricky afternoon in the West Midlands.
Liverpool have now won five consecutive games in all competitions, gaining momentum ahead of an important run of fixtures.
Here, Mirror Football rounds-up the main talking points on a nervy afternoon for Liverpool fans.
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What a substitution! Klopp threw on Origi to get the winner – and he got the job done with just seconds to spare.
He’s never been a regular for Liverpool, but he always seems to get those crucial goals. And his winner against Wolves could be crucial come May.
“It was a brilliant finish from Divock Origi,” said Jermaine Beckford on Final Score. “The first touch from Mo Salah took him to the byline, back across the box and it’s a finish that we’ve become accustomed to seeing from Origi.”
Quiet first half
Liverpool are usually one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the Premier League, but the first half at Molineux wasn’t a classic.
Neither side managed a shot on target, with Wolves failing to register their first effort until added time.
Liverpool’s slow start was a surprise, as Jurgen Klopp deployed his strongest XI available – including Ballon d’Or contender Mohamed Salah.
“It’s a tactical game, one for the tacticians to enjoy, because there aren’t too many major events happening in the game,” said Fara Williams on commentary.
Jota’s cold feet
Diogo Jota has been in great form since joining Liverpool from Wolves in September 2020, scoring 17 Premier League goals, but he had a difficult afternoon against his old club.
The Portuguese forward missed an open goal just after the hour mark, as Conor Coady blocked his effort on the line.
Just to make matters worse, it was Jota’s 25th birthday! He’ll be hoping for better days throughout the next 12 months.
“Brilliant defending from Conor Coady don’t get me wrong,” said Beckford. “But how has Diogo Jota missed this massive, massive opportunity?
“He’s managed to pick the ball up and run towards goal and you’re saying it’s a guaranteed goal. I don’t know how but Coady’s found himself in the right place at the right time. Brilliant.”
Speaking of Coady, it’s only right to admire a stunning display from the former Liverpool star.
The Wolves skipper produced a defiant performance at Molineux, recovering from a nasty ankle injury in the first half to lead his team.
Some Reds fans will remember Coady from his time at Anfield, making two appearances before joining Huddersfield in the summer of 2014.
He went on to move to Wolves 12 months later and has been a revelation since, earning eight England caps to date.
“I don’t know how but Coady’s found himself in the right place at the right time,” said Beckford on his block. “Brilliant.”
Title credentials reaffirmed
But their victory against Wolves has propelled them back to the top of the Premier League, leapfrogging the Blues after they – ironically – lost 3-2 to West Ham on Saturday.
Man City can move into pole position with a win at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening, a result most expect them to achieve.
Nevertheless, Liverpool have made a step in the right direction at Molineux and have a great chance of regaining their spot at the top of English football.
Robertson’s brings his 200 up
Andy Robertson made his 200th Premier League appearance against Wolves – and he will be delighted with the result.
The Scotland captain’s English career began in the summer of 2014, when he joined Hull City from Dundee United.
Robertson suffered relegation that season but was back in the Premier League 12 months later, suffering a second drop with the East Yorkshire outfit.
Liverpool signed him for a reported £8million in the summer of 2017 and, after a slow start, has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the world.
Robertson’s position has come under threat following the emergence of Kostas Tsimikas, but there’s no doubting the Scot’s quality.