Webp.net-resizeimage (4) (1)

Wolves 0-1 Liverpool Match Report

With Jota back at Molineux on his birthday, Wolves fans feared the worst. But those in attendance were pleasantly surprised with the fight on display as they fell late on to title-hunting Liverpool. Origi added to his ever-growing portfolio of clutch moments for the reds, inflicting damage in the dying moments, following a titanic defensive performance against one of the best teams on the planet. More importantly, the West Midlands teams put rivalry aside, as we remembered Arthur Labinjo-Hughes in a matchday tribute during the 6th minute.


After spending three days quietly concerned for how many Liverpool would put past us, the team was released, and confidence came from nowhere. Following his suspension, Neves returned for Moutinho, whilst Adama kept his place in the starting eleven. Much to the relief of Wolves fans, Liverpool were hugely off their game offensively, conceding possession too easily and not creating enough in terms of goal-scoring opportunities. Wolves held the ball well in spells whilst nullifying the likes of Salah, Mane, and the returning Diogo Jota for the first 20 minutes or so. Klopp’s men demonstrated their class soon afterwards, with arguably the best midfield in the world currently, Thiago and Henderson had the pack chasing side to side. 


Unfortunately, despite the spells of possession in the first half, Wolves were unable to fashion any openings to test Alisson properly. There was a clear tactic was to utilise Adama as the out-ball, once enough Liverpool pressure had been soaked and possession was regained, a long ball was fired up to Traore, to engage in a tussle with either of the reds centre halves. Thanks to his freakish physical attributes, this worked a few times as a worried Van Dijk resorted to putting the ball into touch. 


Again though, similarly to the Burnley match, Wolves’ positives remained in the defensive areas, with this art of defending episode provided by yours truly: Conor Coady. Saiss and Kilman were exceptional once again, with Saiss preventing an almost certain tap in from the form-man right now, Mohamed Salah. But our captain will receive the majority of my praise with one of the greatest goal line clearances anyone will see. Jota capitalised on a moment of miscommunication from Saiss and Sa, finding himself running in on an open goal with only a helpless Kilman and Coady to beat. What came next epitomised the word sacrifice, with Conor Coady leaving everything on the goal line.

Key moments


Aside from Jota’s back post header, and the square ball with Saiss doing enough to prevent Salah, the back five were immense in keeping Liverpool’s world class talent quiet for 45 minutes. The second half became a game of maintaining a compact defensive unit and using Adama’s pace and physicality to generate counter opportunities. Managing to weather the storm for 94 minutes, Van Dijk reached Salah with a long-range pass, and the Egyptian’s touch took it way away from Hoever, who then found Origi, smartly finishing on the turn to send the Steve Bull lower into pandemonium. 


Man of the match – Rayan Ait Nouri

You could choose any of the back five as the MOTM and there wouldn’t be many qualms. However, many hail Mo Salah as the best player in the world right now, many said how Rayan Ait-Nouri would be his next victim. Salah was lucky that our Algerian star boy got injured because I highly doubt Liverpool would have won if it would not have been for the 20-year old’s substitution. Rayan shushed the Premier League legend for 93 minutes, tackles and interceptions galore. Boss. 




Defending brilliantly is wonderful, and the greatest teams often leave you with little choice in the matter. However, our attacking display was abysmal today, we were extremely one dimensional and Alisson had nothing to do all game. Wolves wasted possession cheaply, the front men lacked cohesion and the ball would not stick. Manchester City will dominate possession, replicating the defensive performance of today will help, but being more efficient in the final third must improve. Five shots on target in three games is embarrassing. Additionally, the concept of a substitution is to give an advantage to your team in the latter stages, ours seem to be aiding the opposition recently and this is no fault of Bruno, our squad depth is nothing short of comical. A message to FOSUN – January investment has to happen.

Sam Beeken is part of the Talking Wolves editorial team – you can follow him here


Wolves v Liverpool: History and Analysis

It’s Premier League finale weekend, and everything is still to play for with the Premier League title still up for grabs on the last day of the season.  Manchester City take on Brighton who have already confirmed another season in the Premier League while Liverpool take on Wolves who have already confirmed 7th place.  This doesn’t mean Wolves don’t have anything to play for, and you can bet they’ll be wanting to beat Liverpool this weekend. After Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal making it to the two European Cup Finals, Wolves and Manchester City have become the only two teams in history to have beaten all 4 European competition finalists in one season.

History of  Wolves v Liverpool

Wolves come into this game, with the chance to put it beyond doubt that Liverpool go another season without winning English footballs greatest prize. Wolves have met Liverpool on 103 occasions, winning 36 of them compared to Liverpool’s 50. The first game between the two sides was on 29th September 1894, when they met in League Division One, with Wolves getting a 3-1 victory at home.  The return fixture in the same season finished in a 3-3 draw. Wolves and Liverpool met nearly every season between 1894 and 1906, mostly in League Division One, with one game being in the FA Cup. There was a void between 1906 and 1923 where the two sides didn’t meet at all, but either side of that gap the same result, a 2-0 loss to Liverpool, both at home. From then until 1984 the sides played regularly, at least every decade.  There was then a 20 year void where between 1984 and 2004, the two sides didn’t meet in a competitive game (there was a friendly between the two sides at Molineux in the 1990’s). Liverpool and Wolves have met 3 times in the last 3 years, with Wolves coming out victorious in 2 of them, but the most recent League game ended in a 2-0 loss at Molineux.

Wolves v Liverpool Analysis

Wolves come into the game unbeaten in their last 4 with wins against Arsenal, Watford and Fulham and a draw with Brighton, and one loss in the last 5 being the 3-1 loss to Southampton. Liverpool come into the game with 4 wins out of their last 5, two of those being a 5-0 win against Huddersfield and a 4-0 win against Barcelona.  Their only loss in those 5 games was a 3-0 loss away from home. Liverpool will be up for the game knowing they have to win to have any chance of confirming a first Premier League title, but Wolves will be no push overs, and even though they have confirmed 7th, they will be wanting to end the season on a high, and what better way than denying Liverpool their dream. Nuno may use this opportunity to give some younger players a chance to play against a big team knowing there is nothing really at cost.  However, the main core of the team is likely to remain the same and with the current run, you have to expect them to give Liverpool a game. Liverpool come into the game after a 4-0 win against Barcelona and with Firmino out injured, and Salah just back fit in the nick of time (convenient heh?).   For this reason and knowing Liverpool will be going into this match confident, and they may underestimate Wolves after just beating Barce convincingly.  When Wolves are underestimated, their opponents get punished. Wolves will want a win to sign off in style, honestly this is a game I just can’t choose as form goes out the window.  You can never bet against Wolves these days, so I’m going to predict that Wolves will knick it in the last minute 2-3. Prediction: Liverpool 2-3 Wolves   Adam Carr