Paul Doyle was on point at Molineux this evening. His report has landed, so you know what to do: click, click, click. All that’s left is to wish Rui Patricio a speedy recovery, and all of you sweet dreams. Thanks for reading this report. Nighty night.
Jurgen Klopp speaks to Sky, firstly about Rui Patricio. “What an awful situation. I spoke to one of the staff and they are rather positive. It was a shock.” As for the game? “It’s all about the result. A big fight. We wanted three dirty points, we’re completely fine with that as we try to get back on track. We had very good moments when we should have done better offensively, but defensively the whole game was really good. We defended really well, that was our main target. The goal we scored was beautiful. We got the three points and everybody is fine. A lot of good news tonight. We go into the break with a positive feeling.”
As for the game, he tells Sky Sports: “We played a good game. Competitive, we had chances, we defended well, and we played good football. We had some chances we should have taken advantage of. The building and the creations was good. The result was not good, but the actions were fantastic. A lot of things to improve, but our positive attitude shows we can compete.”
Nuno gives us a very welcome update on Rui Patricio. “He is OK. He is conscious, fully conscious, he remembers what happened, he is aware, the doctors tell me he is OK. It was a collision with Coady, a knee on the head, but he is OK. We speak already, thank God he is OK. He is going to recover so everything is OK.”
Diogo Jota scored on his first return to Molineux in Liverpool red, but his first thoughts are with his old team-mate Rui Patricio. “Life is more important, I hope it’s nothing too serious, we wish him a speedy recovery.” Then the game and his winning goal: “These teams defend well, and we need to take advantage when they are unbalanced. They were at that moment, and the quick triangulation from Sadio to Mo and back again, then to me on the left, a good movement, a good goal, and it helped for the victory we were looking for a long time in the league. We need to improve, and hopefully this will start of a run until the end of the season.”
Wolves had their chances, a couple right at the end there. But Liverpool hang on for a victory that they deserved on balance … just about. They leapfrog Everton and Tottenham into sixth place on 46 points, five behind fifth-placed Chelsea (51) who have played the same number of games (29). Their hopes of a top-four finish aren’t quite extinguished yet. Wolves remain in 13th on 35 points, but their main concern will be the health of keeper Rui Patricio, who took a nasty knock to the head/neck near the end of the match. Hopes and prayers.
90 min +18: Space for Traore on the right. His cross is way too long. Neto tries again from the other flank. Alisson clears. Traore tries again. Too long again. Dendoncker hoicks out for a goal kick, and …
90 min +17: Gibbs-White crosses dangerously from the left. Phillips, facing his own goal, hooks clear at full stretch. That’s excellent defending.
90 min +16: Wolves lump it forward in the Hail Mary style, but Alexander-Arnold calmly cushions a header back to Alisson.
90 min +15: Neto bustles down the left but Alexander-Arnold holds firm. He half-clears, but Wolves come again, Traore looping in from the right. The ball’s deflected towards Silva, who attempts a header from six yards but shoulders it instead. Alisson plucks from the sky.
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90 min +14: Salah, just inside the Wolves box on the right, tries to scoop a shot into the top left. It’s well wide. Had it been on target, Ruddy was stranded in no-man’s land.
90 min +13: Boly bundles Salah over out on the right. A free kick and a chance for Liverpool to load the Wolves box. Alexander-Arnold swings in, Oxlade-Chamberlain flicks goalwards, and Dendoncker is forced to eyebrow out for a corner.
90 min +12: All a bit low-octane so far, which is more than understandable.
90 min +11: The game finally restarts, Ruddy having replaced his stricken team-mate in the Wolves goal. There will be seven extra minutes played from this point.
90 min +9: Rui Patricio has finally been put onto the stretcher, and is carefully being carried off. May his god go with him.
90 min +7: The offside flag went up pretty quickly, in the old style, and that the new edict of pointlessly playing on with the flag kept down didn’t seem to be a factor here. Everything happened in a blur.
90 min +5: Players wait patiently, making sure they keep warm, passing and stretching.
90 min +3: The players of both sides congregate in the centre circle, as Rui Patricio continues to receive medical attention.
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90 min +1: They’ve announced seven added minutes, though Rui Patricio has yet to be stretchered off, the medical staff taking all the necessary time and care.
90 min: Ruddy prepares to come on for Rui Patricio. Wolves had used up all of their substitutes, but with the keeper having taken a sickening blow to the head, a concussion replacement can be made. That means Liverpool will get an extra sub, if they choose to make one. Both teams will obviously have a fair bit of injury time to play through.
87 min: While Salah was slotting home, Coady clattered into his own keeper. Rui Patricio is out flat, and lying stock still. Worrying signs.
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86 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain slips a lovely ball down the inside-right channel to release Salah on goal. Salah draws Rui Patricio and whips home. But it won’t count. Salah was clearly offside. No need for VAR.
85 min: Gibbs-White is immediately involved, sent into space down the middle by Silva’s clever flick. Gibbs-White tries to release Neto to his right, but Kabak is on hand to block and clear. A fine last-ditch intervention.
83 min: A cute turn in the centre circle by Milner sends Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah away on the attack. But they pause fatally on the edge of the Wolves box and the move peters out.
82 min: That’s Jota’s last act of the evening. The former Wolves man, this evening’s goalscorer, is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain. The sub is immediately involved, raking a long pass down the middle for Salah, who can’t control or wriggle free. Coady mops up.
80 min: Salah is sent into space down the inside right. He strides into the box and looks for the bottom left. Rui Patricio tips away. Mane comes back at Wolves down the left and feeds Jota, who whips towards the near corner. Rui Patricio swallows that one up.
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79 min: Mane looks to curl one into the bottom right corner from distance, but Rui Patricio is behind it all the way. Wolves go up the other end, Semedo crossing from the right. Silva wins a header on the penalty spot, but can’t generate enough power and it’s straight at Alisson.
77 min: Only Crystal Palace (13) and Newcastle United (12) have let in more late goals than Liverpool’s 11 this season. Mind you, Wolves have shipped ten themselves during the last 15 minutes of their matches, so it’s swings and roundabouts.
76 min: Wolves make their second change, replacing Neves with Dendoncker.
75 min: Liverpool may be leading, but they look exactly what they are: a team that have lost six of their last seven. Two-pass moves are at a premium. Wolves have a faint whiff of blood in the nostrils.