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Premier League 2020-21 Summary: Wolverhampton vs Liverpool

Liverpool Fc (The Reds) ended their 2 Match Winless Streak in the Premier League following their narrow 0-1 win over the hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc.

For the Reds away clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc; Jürgen Klopp opted to name an unchanged side that defeated the visitors RB Leipzig in the Second Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Round of 16.

This meant that Fabinho continued to play in his favoured position as Defensive Midfielder with Thiago Alcântara and Georginio Wijnaldum as Attacking Midfielders.

Klopp also continued to show faith in the Centre Back Pairing of Nathaniel Phillips and Ozan Kabak.

Divock Origi however was absent from the Matchday squad due to an unspecified muscle injury.

Roberto Firmino was deemed unfit to play as the Brazilian could not recover in time from his knee injury.

The Reds were a slightly sloppy during stages of the First Half with too many passes and touches going astray.

And the visitors were given an early scare by the hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc (The Wolves) very early in the game.

Alisson Becker fumbled a cross and collided with Nélson Semedo in the 2nd minute but surprisingly, there was no appeal for a Penalty from the Wolves and no mention of a VAR check.

Moments later after being assisted by Adama Traoré, Nélson Semedo shot was saved by Alisson in the 5th minute.

Thiago picked up a Yellow Card for his foul on Adama Traoré in the 42nd minute.

With just seconds away from the Half Time, Jota gave the lead for the Reds following a neat assist from Mané but his former Wolves Teammate Rui Patrício should have done better with his stopping.

Despite the chances being squandered, the First Half ended with the Reds leading 0-1 and the first time in 9 games.

Conor Coady came close providing an equaliser but his header went high in the 49th minute after being assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross following a corner.

An onslaught from the hosts during the Second Half was expected but how the Reds stood up mattered and the Second Goal could ease the nerves for the visitors.

To provide more midfield stability, Georginio Wijnaldum and Thiago made way for James Milner and Naby Keïta in the 67th minute.

In search of an equaliser, João Moutinho intercepted the long ball from Nathaniel Phillips in the 73rd minute and immediately passed the ball to Adama Traoré but the Spaniard struck his shot straight to Alisson.

The hosts were denied any equalising Goal again as Fábio Silva had his header saved by Alisson after an assist from Nélson Semedo with a cross in the 79th minute.

Mohamed Salah had his shot from saved by Rui Patrício following an assist by Keïta in the 80th minute

Diogo Jota had his shot saved by Rui Patrício after an assist by Mohamed Salah in the 80th minute.

In the 82nd minute, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Diogo Jota.

Salah had his Goal disallowed as the Egyptian was caught offside after a pass from Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 86th minute but meanwhile, Rui Patricio went down after colliding with Conor Coady.

Since, the Wolves used three of their substitutions, so John Ruddy was brought on as a concussion substitute.

The 7 added minutes after normal time came into effect after John Ruddy took over the Goalkeeping duties for the hosts.

Salah missed his effort to the left side of the post after being assisted by Keïta late in the game.

The hosts had another chance to equalise but Fábio Silva had his header saved by Alisson late in the game.

With the Wolves unable to find an equaliser, the Reds held on to clinch an 0-1 win over the hosts Wolves.

The result meant that the Reds have climbed up to sixth in the table and are in the hunt for the Top-4 spot.

 

Reds Team Performance Ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)

Defence:

Alisson Becker – 6: Apart from the early spill in the First Half, the Brazilian made decent saves and handling as expected.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6: Provided a good cross but Mané could not capitalise with his header. Defended well with crucial interceptions and provided decent crosses.

Ozan Kabak – 8: Made the necessary challenges on Willian José and Adama Traoré. Defended astutely overall.

Nathaniel Phillips – 8: Unfazed by the Wolves attack and won his Ariel duels.

Andrew Robertson – 6: Did not do well with his challenges with Adama Traoré and was not effective going forward.

Midfield:

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5: Provided a fine pass which Mané did not take advantage but overall struggled to make his presence felt in the game.

Fabinho – 9: Another brilliant performance playing in his usual position. The Brazilian had to plug a lot of holes in the midfield and made crucial interceptions to disrupt the counter attacks from the Wolves.

Thiago Alcântara – 5: Clearly struggled with the pace of the game and was not sharp enough with his passes. Picked up a Yellow Card but that did not stop the Spaniard to try to intercept and dictate the game.

Forwards:

Sadio Mané – 7: Heavily involved the Reds attacks and provided a neat pass that resulted in the opening Goal.

Diogo Jota – 8: Scored the opening Goal for the Reds.

Mohamed Salah – 6: Tried to make an impact on the game and had very little joy.

Substitutes:

James Milner – N/A: The Veteran was introduced to provide more midfield stability.

Naby Keïta – N/A: The Guinean was introduced to provide the Reds with quality passes to the final third.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A: Brought on to see off the game.

Coach:

Jürgen Klopp – 7: The German Coach persisted with his same Team that beat the visitors RB Leipzig in the Second Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Round of 16.

The timely substitution of Thiago was also spot on which thereby avoided the risk of being send off.

Much needed away win for the Reds and after the March International Break 2021, Klopp will hope some of his injured Players will also return.

 

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