Liverpool scored two late goals to claim a come-from-behind victory against a battling Wolves side at Molineux and go top of the Premier League.
Andy Robertson marked his 200th Premier League appearance by putting the Reds ahead for the first time in the 85th minute, before substitute Harvey Elliott’s shot was deflected by Hugo Bueno for an own goal to seal the victory in added time.
Cody Gakpo brought Liverpool level early in the second half when he converted Mohamed Salah’s fizzing cross shot.
The home side dominated the first half and deservedly opened the scoring when Hwang Hee-Chan fired in at the far post after excellent wing play from Pedro Neto.
The victory gives Jurgen Klopp’s side a point clear at the top of the table ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
Resilient Reds bounce back again
Liverpool once again demonstrated their resilience as they recovered from a slow first half to win after conceding the opening goal for the third time in five Premier League matches this season.
They offered little attacking threat in the first 45 minutes, with their midfield constantly outplayed, before the break.
Klopp called on Luis Diaz to replace the subdued Alexis Mac Allister at half-time, before bringing on Elliott and Darwin Nunez 11 minutes after the restart.
The substitutes made an impact as Liverpool transformed, with Diaz heading just wide of Robertson’s volleyed cross just 90 seconds after coming on.
The Colombian was then involved in the equalizer as some neat interplay on the edge of the area eventually allowed the ball to reach Salah, whose drilled cross shot was collected by Gakpo.
Nunez then almost gave Liverpool the lead, but his shot was well blocked by a combination of goalkeeper Jose Sa and defender Max Kilman.
Wolves looked more and more on their feet and it was the visitors who looked more likely to score.
They duly did so five minutes from time when Robertson, captain in the absence of the suspended Virgil van Dijk, raced onto Salah’s searching pass and scored with a side-foot from six yards.
Elliott wrapped up the victory late on, but had the goal disallowed when his shot was judged to have been sufficiently deflected by Bueno to be scored as an own goal by the Wolves defender.
Neto plays but Wolves are out of gas
Wolves manager Gary O’Neil will have reason to be optimistic despite a fourth defeat in five games this season, leaving the Black Country side at the foot of the Premier League.
The home side were excellent in the first half, with midfielders Joao Gomes and Mario Lemina nipping at the Liverpool players’ heels and feeding debutants Jeanricner Bellegarde and Neto to launch quick counterattacks.
Neto in particular was excellent and set up the opener by getting past three Liverpool players and breaking into the box, before crossing for goalscorer Hwang.
Another dazzling wing play saw him nutmeg Joe Gomez and deliver an inviting cross for Matheus Cunha, who mistimed his jump with the goal at his mercy.
Cunha must have regretted that failure as Wolves faded badly in the second half against a resurgent Liverpool, failing to get a shot on target.
Next weekend’s trip to fellow veteran Luton is already looking like a crucial encounter.
- 22Nélson SemedoBooked at 71 minutes
- 3Ait-NouriReplaced byGoodhas 65′minutes
- 8Joao Gomes
- 5LeminaReplaced byTraorehas 78′minutes
- 11Hwang Hee-chanReplaced byDohertyhas 60′minutes
- 27BellegardeReplaced byDoylehas 77′minutes
- 12Matheus CunhaReplaced byFabio Silvahas 61′minutes
- 9Fabio Silva
- 78QuansahReplaced byKonatehas 83′minutes
- tenMac AllisterReserved at 4 minutesReplaced byDiazhas 45′minutes
- 17JonesReserved at 90 minutes
- 11SalahReplaced byGravenberchhas 90+3′minutes
- 18GakpoReplaced byNuñezhas 56′minutes
- 20JotaReplaced byElliotthas 56′minutesReserved at 90 minutes
The match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 3.
Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 3.
Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nélson Semedo attempted a through ball but Fábio Silva was offside.
Attempt saved. Luis Díaz (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved. 70′ +1′ Corner, Ibrahima Konaté.
Delay. They are ready to continue.
Replacement, Liverpool. Ryan Gravenberch replaces Mohamed Salah.
The match is interrupted following an injury to Craig Dawson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Curtis Jones (Liverpool) receives a yellow card for excessive celebration.
Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) receives a yellow card for excessive celebration.
Own goal from Hugo Bueno, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 3.
Failed attempt. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses the right. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.
Failed attempt. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right from the heart of the six yard box misses to the right.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Maximilian Kilman.
Aim! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 2. Andy Robertson (Liverpool) left-footed shot from the center of the area to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Craig Dawson.
Attempt blocked. Luis Díaz (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the penalty area. 70′ +1′ Corner, Harvey Elliott.
Attempt blocked. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the penalty area. 70′ +1′ Corner, Luis Díaz.
Delay. They are ready to continue.
Replacement, Liverpool. Ibrahima Konaté replaces Jarell Quansah due to injury.
The match is interrupted following an injury to Jarell Quansah (Liverpool).