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Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Jota strike sinks former club to end dismal run

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iogo Jota’s strike on his return to Wolves helped Liverpool return to winning ways in the Premier League but the game was marred by a serious-looking injury to Rui Patricio late on.

Jota, who moved to Anfield in a deal worth £45million last summer, scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time after sharp link up with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

Victory lifted the champions to sixth in the Premier League table but still five points behind Chelsea in the race for the top four. Wolves missed the chance to climb to 11th, with Ruben Neves and Coady wasting their best chances.

After six defeats in their last seven league games Liverpool were desperate for a win. Their only victory in that wretched run had come at rock bottom Sheffield United and keeper Alisson Becker’s uncertain form continued as he dropped Adama Traore’s cross before clattering into Nelson Semedo inside the opening two minutes.

He made a smart low stop to deny Semedo soon after, although Traore was offside in the build-up, before Liverpool swiftly went through the gears after 14 minutes.

Georginio Wijnaldum slipped Sadio Mane through but, when the forward rounded Patricio, he was pushed wide and the chance was gone.

It was the cue for the visitors to try to up the tempo, yet they were vulnerable on the break, with Traore twice breaking loose only to be let down by his final pass.

Liverpool were on top but could not find a way past Wolves as their play routinely broke down on the edge of the area, the Reds still missing the verve which swept them to last season’s title.

Wolves attacks were rare but Nathaniel Phillips needed to glance a header away as Willian Jose lurked at the far post with 32 minutes gone.

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