Liverpool overcome big injury worry to tame rampant Wolves... justRoberto Firmino struck another late winner for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s men opened up a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Wolves on Thursday. The European champions’ now 14-game winning streak in the league seemed set to end as Raul Jimenez cancelled out Jordan Henderson’s early opener.
***LISTEN! The greatest ever COMEBACKS in sport – The Professor & Barney PodcastON YOUR PHONE? CLICK HERE TO LISTENSUBSCRIBE: iTUNES | SPOTIFY | GOOGLE PODS***That was the first goal Alisson Becker had conceded in the league for two months and the Brazilian had to be at his best to then turn a Traore drive to safety and stand up bravely to block from Jimenez. Firmino looked to have missed the chance to claim all three points when he fired into Patricio’s legs with just the Portuguese number one to beat.
Liverpool then suffered a major blow as Mane pulled up and had to be replaced by Takumi Minamino. READ MORE: IT’S UNITED’S WORST SEASON FOR 30 YEARS. BUT OLE’S FUTURE ISN’T EVEN UP FOR DISCUSSIONSOLSKJAER HAS BECOME MOYES. REPLACING HIM MUST BE PART OF UTD’S THREE-STEP PLANTHIS 16-YEAR-OLD MAKES $227-A-WEEK. UNITED WANT TO SPLASH OUT $57M ON HIMJUST A GAME? STAGGERING AMOUNT PL CLUBS SPEND ON FOREIGN STARS REVEALEDThe Senegalese has scored 15 goals this season and could now be a doubt for the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League last 16 tie at Atletico Madrid in less than four weeks’ time.
Defeat leaves Wolves still six points off the top four in seventh. Set-pieces have been one of the keys to Liverpool’s success and just like against Manchester United on Sunday, a well-worked corner got the visitors off to a flying start. Wolves’ attention was taken by the towering presence of Virgil van Dijk and instead it was Henderson who met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s near-post delivery with a header that rebounded onto his shoulder and past goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Most sides would have been disheartened by that early blow, but Wolves showed why they are contenders for a top-four finish by immediately putting the European champions on the back foot. Matt Doherty should have levelled from Wolves’ own smart corner routine as the Irish international was perfectly picked out by Ruben Neves but headed wide.
Mane’s absence is unlikely to sway the momentum of the title race, but his presence was missed as Liverpool struggled to regain control in the second half. Jimenez and Adama Traore were left on the bench when the sides met in late December just two days after Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had come from behind to beat Manchester City and Wolves’ two most dangerous attacking weapons made a huge difference. Traore had a lucky escape when he conceded possession on the edge of his own box a minute into the second period and was bailed out by a fine Patricio save to parry Mohamed Salah’s driven effort. However, the Spaniard’s pace was too much for a Liverpool defence that had kept seven consecutive Premier League clean sheets to handle moments later. Traore’s run down the right pulled Van Dijk out of the centre of the defence and his pinpoint cross found Jimenez to bullet home his 20th goal of the season.
Matchday Live Extra will provide expert analysis, as well as bring the latest team news and build-up ahead of the Premier League match. Click here to watch live on Wolves TV Click here to watch live on Wolves App Click here to watch live on YouTube Click here to watch live on Twitter Kick-off time and stream start time Wolves vs Liverpool kicks off at 7. 45pm with the Matchday Live Extra stream beginning around 45 minutes ahead of kick-off at 7pm. Live broadcast coverage Wolves vs Liverpool will be broadcast live across the UK on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website on Tuesday evening, with coverage starting at 7.
How to watch Wolves vs Liverpool - liveWhere to watch Wolves vs Liverpool online Supporters can watch all the build up to Wolves vs Liverpool for free on Matchday Live Extra online via Wolves TV, the Wolves App, Wolves' YouTube channel and the official club Twitter account - @Wolves. The 45-minute pre-match show will be available to view live ahead of kick-off, with host Mikey Burrows joined by former Wolves heroes Andy Thompson and Michael Kightly.
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