Liverpool annihilate Wolves 4-0 as Kopites return to Anfield
The sight last evening at Anfield was one of pilgrims returning to their sanctum after a long absence.
Amid 10 months of absolutely zero attendance thanks to the pandemic, the Merseyside club finally reopened its doors to the loyal Kopites who had been more than eager to witness the Reds play in person.
The Kop buzzing with spectators was a moment to celebrate albeit only 2000 of them present, but the bigger thing was the football heavens had finally paved a way for their fans to march right in.
The Reds knew the expectation was more than usual, as their supporters were back cheering for them in the stands and boy they did not disappoint!
Wolverhampton Wanderers, the visiting team, were not only beaten but annihilated 4 nil on this momentous occasion.
So, lets dig into how all this came about!
Despite Wolves coming very close to opening the scoring in the 4th minute, the Reds looked the more opportune side to get the lead. They created a fitting chance in the 12th minute, after a good interplay between Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino that resulted in Andrew Robertson firing in a cross to the Senegalese striker who unfortunately headed it off target.
Wolves then created another opportunity to score. Their number 10, Daniel Podence, induced a fine save from the young Reds Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who got the nod ahead of the injured Alison to a great ovation from the returning fans in the Kop.
The Liverpool fans finally celebrated their first goal in the 24th minute with a masterclass from the ever-reliable Mohamed Salah. He hit the ball past the Wolves goal-keeper after pouncing on a mistake by defender Conor Coady.
The first-half ended with Liverpool finally getting onto the right side of VAR, as the penalty decision given in favour of Wolves was reversed. Referee Craig Pawson saw no physical contact in the D to stick to his decision of giving a penalty.
The players marched back into the tunnel as Liverpool looked in command with a 1-0 lead at the stroke of half time.
The Reds confidently consolidate their lead in the second half
At the onset of the second half, Liverpool had an immediate opportunity to go 2 to the good with Sadio Mane’s short inducing a smart stop by the Wolves keeper, Rui Patricio.
The second goal came in the 59th minute for the Merseyside club after a brilliant shot on target in the top corner of the net by the Dutchman, Georginio Wijnaldum.
Liverpool further cemented their lead in the 69th minute after a dazzling goal from the towering defender Joel Matip who headed in a mouth-watering cross from who else, but Mo Salah.
Fans back in Anfield, Liverpool back in the groove!
The fun didn’t end there for the Kopites, as they witnessed a fourth in the 78th minute. It was an own goal from Wolves defender Nelson Semedo, who deflected the ball in his net from Sadio Mane, who capitalised on a brilliant cross from the returning Reds superstar Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Kop soars with roars amid a Reds celebration
As the curtains drew on the game the final score read Liverpool 4 – 0 Wolves.
So thrilled were the fans in the Kop that their roar made every Liverpool player including Manager Jurgen Klopp jump with excitement.
Fans are back, Liverpool is playing well, what more can I ask for?
Top of the table with a resurgent Tottenham side under Jose Mourinho boasting possibly the best front duo in world club football of Son and Kane, makes me even more excited for this battle of the ages between Liverpool and Spurs with when that happens.
Till then, we march on to conquer Fulham next weekend in an away game and now with fans physically present in the stadium, it’s no longer only in spirit that we say ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’