Liverpool travel to Molineux Stadium for a critical match against Wolves.
The Reds need to start stringing together some wins before any chance of a top 4 finish is gone.
Jurgen Klopp rolls out the same line-up used last week against RB Leipzig. Will it work?
The first half was a total snoozefest where Wolves looked the better side. Until…Diogo Jota fires a left-footed shot in at the end of stoppage. Liverpool go into the half up 1-0.
That goal ends up being the decider. Liverpool hang on for the 1-0 win.
End with this: best wishes to Wolves’ goalkeeper Rui Patricio. He went down with what appears to be a very serious head injury late in the match after colliding with Conor Coady. Hope all is well with him.
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Wolves
Jurgen Klopp (8) –
Runs it back with the same line-up he used vs RB Leipzig last week. Is the Phillips-Kabak CB combo Liverpool’s best hope moving forward?
Seems that way! Liverpool are conceding possession more now and aren’t super sharp…but…they’re winning again. And that’s ultimately what matters. Klopp maybe has found the right adjustments for the squad he has.
Alisson (8) –
Comes up with two big clearances in the first five minutes. Makes all the required saves and clearances. Put under pressure at the end of stoppage. Strong showing.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (6.5) –
A little quiet. Wonderful flick to Mane in the 38th though that should’ve put the Reds up 1-0. Finds Kabak’s head on a free kick that came close to putting the Reds up 2. Still not firing on all cylinders but not bad.
Ozan Kabak (8) –
Really good defending on Adama Traore to shut down a dangerous situation in the 14th minute. Good effort on a header on Trent’s free-kick. More good defending in the 85th to run down Neto. Is Kabak a good defender? Are we ready to go there?
Nat Phillips (9) –
Best CB in England? Kidding kidding. But really playing well. Comes up with a HUGE clearing header in the 32nd minute to stifle a dangerous cross. A critical clearance towards the end of stoppage helps save the clean sheet.
Andy Robertson (6) –
Something is lacking with Robbo lately. Maybe needs a game or two off.
Thiago (6) –
Earns an unfair yellow towards the end of the first half (though that’s what you get for all of the dumb yellows earlier in the year). Won a couple of tackles and aerials, but otherwise fairly quiet. Subbed off in the 67th.
Gini Wijnaldum (5.5) –
Lots of short passes and hustle but nothing else. Subbed off in the 67th minute.
Fabinho (7) –
Winning tackles and aerials. Taking more daring passes. Like the anti-Gini. Connecting fewer but trying to create bigger chances. A risky yet calm clearance at the end of play too.
Mo Salah (6) –
Pretty quiet. Some fancy footwork in the box sets up a TAA-Mane connection that should’ve put the Reds up 1-0. Least effective of the front three. Should’ve come off instead of Jota. However, one step offside in the 86th that would’ve put Liverpool up two on a clinical finish. Really his only sparkling moment of the night. Although he does fire one just wide in stoppage too.
Diogo Jota (8) –
Feels like this is the match where he gets on the scoresheet again.
And look at me nailing that prediction! Jota puts Liverpool up 1-0 in the closing moments of first-half stoppage.
Jota really works well with Mane and Salah. The link up play gets better as the match goes. Almost gets a brace in the 80th. Comes off for Ox (wtf?) in the 83rd.
Sadio Mane (7.5) –
Poor first touch on a breakaway in the 13th minute that continues our frustrating trend of “wasting opportunities.” Simply not composed in the final third. Sends a header just wide in the 38th minute. Makes up for it with an assist on Jota’s opener. Really comes alive after that. Springy. Fast. Constant threat.
Naby Keita (5) – Comes on in the 67th minute. Doesn’t do much.
James Milner (6) – Comes on in the 67th minute. Workhorsing it to save the clean sheet.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (NR) – On late for Jota.
MAN OF THE MATCH
NAT PHILLIPS IS THE FREAKING MAN!