Before anything else, I just want to wish Rui Patrício all the best – the Portuguese suffered what is said to have been a horrible injury late on in Liverpool’s win away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and was stretchered off after a long time down on the pitch.
All the best to him and his family from myself and everyone associated with The Kopite and this fanbase.
As for the football, Liverpool won a Premier League game for what feels like the first time in a decade. The performance was nothing special – and efforts to see the game over the line laughable – but the Reds did at least create chances en-route to a victory.
Sadio Mané was a livewire, but should have done better with two first-half opportunities before Diogo Jota opened the scoring against his former club.
Mané and Mo Salah combined before the Senegalese slipped Jota in, and Patrício will have been disappointed that he was unable to turn the ball away.
Still, it was the kind of goal that Liverpool’s No.20 has a habit of scoring, while their regular No.9 does not. A conversation for another day, perhaps.
As for the second half, Wolves never looked out of the game and possibly should have scored an injury-time equaliser when young Fábio Silva failed to find a connection in the Liverpool box. That was the result of a three-on-one overload at Liverpool’s back post in the 100th minute, which is not something you ever want to see from a defensive standpoint.
Ultimately, though, Liverpool did just enough to come away with the points, on a game marred by the Patrício injury that we can obviously only hope is not as bad as first feared. Early news from the Wolves camp hints that it’s not as bad as first feared, which is superb news.
Ali 6 – Struggled to deal with any balls into the box, and was lucky not to concede a penalty after falling into Nélson Semedo in the opening minutes. Dealt much better with long-range strikes from both Adama Traoré and Rúben Neves, though.
Trent 7.5 – Two instances of absolutely sensational defending at his back post in the second half.
Natty P 7.5 – Dominated the air, once again, and one acrobatic clearance saved the Reds from conceding a late equaliser. Man of the match.Embed from Getty Images
OK 7.5 – Arguably the Turk’s best game in a Liverpool shirt, after a nervy first 10 minutes.
Robbo 6.5 – Passing was very poor at times. Some good surging runs and defensive interventions, however.
ThiaGOAT 6.5 – The sublime to the ridiculous. Moments of world-class play on display alongside some uncharacteristically ugly touches. Taken off as he was still flying into challenges while on a booking.
Fabs 7 – Best player on the pitch for a while but some sloppy mistakes as time dragged on.
Gini 5.5 – Not involved enough, frankly. And that included being caught out of position defensively on occasion, which is unlike the Dutchman.
Mo 6.5 – Did not seem to want to press or track Jonny Otto, but the Egyptian’s first-touch pass helped engineer the winner and he was unlucky not to score late on.
DioGOAL 7 – Goalkeeping error though it may have been, the goal was well-taken on the Portuguese’s first return to Molineux.Embed from Getty Images
Sadio 7 – Missed two big chances, but otherwise looked the danger man throughout. Wolves could not live with the Senegalese when he ran at them and he did brilliantly to set up the winner. Some really poor touches mixed in with everything, though!
Milly 5.5 – Couldn’t seem to do anything right.
Baby Keith 6 – Pushed upfield too much as Liverpool should have looked to see the game out.
Ox 7 – Superb work set up the Salah offside goal, which very sadly saw Patricio pick up his injury. Looked sharp.
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