Jota fires Liverpool to sixth as Wolves are tamed in their own backyard!
Whilst Anfield continues to haunt the Reds in one of their most uncertain seasons, there is a statistic I would like to share with you. Liverpool might have lost six games on the trot at home, but when it comes to playing away, they have won four out of the last five in the league.
An encouraging stat, isn’t it?
The latest casualty is Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were conquered 1-0 at Molinuex last night, courtesy a solitary strike from Diogo Jota.
A much-needed boost for the Merseyside Club, as they climbed from eighth to sixth in the table.
With this win, Liverpool also stretched their unbeaten run against Wolves to nine games, the joint highest with Brighton who achieved this commendable feat between 1979 – 1989.
So, as the Reds showed some semblance of resurgence in the league, lets dig into how this win came about:
Diogo Jota, the difference maker in the first 45
Wolves started the game aggressively, creating their first opportunity in just the 5th minute. Nelson Semedo drilled an effort at Alisson, who did well to keep the ball out.
Liverpool had one of their own in the 13th minute, as Sadio Mane adeptly beat the Wolves keeper Rui Patricio. However, the Senegalese’s touch forced him wide, giving Wolves’ defence ample time to clear, as the forward’s rebounded effort also didn’t hit the mark.
The Senegalese had another opportunity to put Reds in front in the 38th minute. His header went just wide of the post after he was fed by a beautiful cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Just before halftime, Wolves squandered two more chances to go one to the good. A free kick was comfortably stopped by Alisson and another effort went wide of goal.
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Liverpool’s time would finally come in the second minute of the additional two. The Portuguese perfectionist, Diogo Jota, slotted one in after it took a deflection off his countryman, Rui Patricio. This after a good interplay between Salah and Mane allowed the Portuguese to get one over his previous club.
As the curtains drew on the first 45, Liverpool were certainly the happier side despite Wolves trying their best to draw first blood.
A second half of chances galore amid no goals
Wolves as in the first 45, started aggressively yet gain as Conor Coady’s header went just above the goal in the 49th minute.
About 15 minutes later, Wolves had another opportunity to draw level, as Traore tested Alisson with a powerful effort, but the Brazilian wall stood firm.
The Reds almost sealed the game in the 80th minute, as Mohamed Salah extracted a good save from the Wolves keeper, who just managed to deflect the Egyptian’s effort wide of goal.
Six minutes later, Salah was sure he made amends for the previous effort, as he slotted the ball in the back of the net only to be adjudged offside.
Liverpool were rather unlucky on this occasion, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lead up effort to feed Salah was worthy of every praise.
A minute later, Wolves were faced with more adversity as their keeper was stretched off the field after a sickening collision with defender Coady in his effort to save Salah’s strike.
As the whistle blew on the final 90, Wolves were dejected on not only losing the game but their keeper too, who unfortunately suffered a head injury courtesy the collision.
A confidence booster for the Reds
As I had mentioned previously, the Reds might not make it to the top four in the league this season, though the Champions League is still very much a possibility to conquer this year and as a result, play next season too.
This win will certainly add to their confidence as Liverpool should now focus on overcoming the next opponent in the Champions League quarterfinal.
So as the draw takes shape on 19th March, its imperative for Klopp and his men to beat all odds to be the numero uno team in Europe.
The Kopite in me just knows the Miracle of Istanbul will happen in 2021. Again!
‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’