Wolverhampton Wanderers dragged themselves out of the relegation zone as they thrashed Liverpool 3-0 at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday evening.
The result piles more misery on Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool’s stuttering season continues. The Reds came into the game after their last week’s disappointment in the FA Cup when they were dumped out of the competition by Brighton.
Wolves make rapid start
Wolves came out quickly off the blocks and took the lead in the 5th minute when Hwang Hee-Chan’s cross deflected off Joel Matip to beat Alisson and hit the back of the net.
More sloppy defending from Liverpool ensured Wolves doubled their lead six minutes later. Craig Dawson took advantage to smash home after the Reds’ defense failed to deal with a cross from the right wing.
Julen Lopetegui’s side outplayed their opponents in the middle off the pitch as Matheus Cunha and Mario Lemina dominated the ball and looked at ease to deal with any threat from the Reds.
Wolves could been 4-0 up by halftime had Alisson not denied Cunha and Dawson then headed over with the goal at his mercy.
Darwin Nunez did force an acrobatic save from Jose Sa after Dawson’s goal but apart from the effort from the Uruguayan Liverpool offered nothing in the first 45 minutes. Klopp’s side did look better after the restart but couldn’t make it count despite dominating possession. Mohammed Salah shot just wide at the hour mark before Nunez hit straight at Sa after a wonderful cross-field pass from Trent Alexander Arnold five minutes later.
Wolves soaked up the pressure and scored from a counterattack in the 71st minute. Ruben Neves latched on to a fine pass from substitute Adam Traore after continuing his deep run from midfield and the Portuguese took a touch before firing into the back of the net.
Raul Jiminez could have made it 4-0 in the dying minutes of the game, but the striker’s fort was off-target.
Huge three points
As Wolves secured huge 3 points, Liverpool have now lost three consecutive games in the Premier League for the first time since April 2012. The Reds now sit 10th in the League standings with 29 points from 20 games and are 13 points off from a Champions League berth.
Klopp expressed frustration after the defeat saying, “We better change it. That’s true, 100%. I have no words for it really, I’m sorry.”
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