Liverpool won back-to-back games for the first time since January, Diogo Jota the hero as he netted against his former side in a 1-0 win over Wolves.
Wolves had a shout for a penalty in just the second minute, Alisson failing to claim an Adama Traore cross before bundling into Nelson Semedo, though referee Craig Pawson thought there was nothing doing.
Both sides would have goalscoring opportunities in the first period, Sadio Mane seeing a diving header drift narrowly wide, while Ruben Neves flashed an effort across goal for the hosts.
Liverpool would however take the lead with virtually the last kick of the half, some slick interplay between the front three eventually seeing Mane slipping the ball to former Wolves star Diogo Jota. The Portuguese drilled the ball low and seemingly caught Rui Patricio off-guard, the ‘keeper getting a solid hand to his former teammate’s effort but failing to prevent it from beating him at his near post.
Wolves had plenty of second-half forrays forward, but on so many occasions – and as has so often been the case this season – the move frequently broke down with a poor final ball and disappointing finishing.
There were worrying scenes towards the end of the encounter, Mohamed Salah racing in behind and slotting home – albeit from an offside position – only for Connor Coady to collide with his goalkeeper who was forced to be replaced, an incident which sparked memories of the horrific injury suffered by Raul Jimenez earlier in the season.
Nuno Espirito Santo provided a positive update after the game on the status of Patricio, confirming the player was conscious in the dressing room, and Jurgen Klopp said he had also received a ‘positive’ update from the Wolves staff.
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“It was an awful situation,” he told Sky Sports. “Diogo has spoken to the Wolves staff, they are rather positive. It was a proper shock.”
Speaking about the game, Klopp admitted there were plenty of areas his side could improve as his side earned ‘three dirty points’.
“It’s all about the result. A big fight,” he said. “If we want three dirty points, I’m fine with that. That’s how we have to get back on track.
“We had very good moments where we should have done better. Defensively the whole game was really good. I didn’t like the start, we weren’t active enough.
“We defended well, we counter-attacked. A lot of really good football moments where we could have done better. The goal we scored was beautiful. I thought the goalie would have saved it but it was in.
“A lot of good news tonight but most important, the three points and everything is fine.
“We want to go into the [international] break with a positive feeling and we have it.”
Next up for Liverpool is an away trip to Arsenal on April 3rd.