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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool Live Commentary, 23/01/2020

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R. Jiménez (51)
J. Henderson (8)
Roberto Firmino (84)
Molineux Stadium


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Liverpool's quest for a Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble resumes on Sunday, when they travel to Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup. Meanwhile, Wolves have a nine-day break before facing Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Roberto Firmino's late strike secured a huge win for Liverpool, who restored their 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a narrow 2-1 victory at Molineux. Raul Jimenez struck for Wolves to cancel out Jordan Henderson's first-half effort, but it is the Reds who prevail and move ever closer to lifting the title.
90' + 2' CHANCE! Traore's deep cross reaches Jimenez at the far post. The Mexican has the presence of mind to lay the ball off for Jota, but he cannot sort his feet out quickly enough and sends his shot wide.
90' + 1' There are going to be four minutes of stoppage time at the end of this game. Is there to be one final twist for Wolves, or will Liverpool hold on?
90' Weathering the storm and getting the three points is a trademark quality for any title-winning side, as Liverpool could well have demonstrated here. As things stand, they will become only the fifth team in English Football League history to go 40 or more games unbeaten.
88' How quickly things change! Traore could well have been bearing down on goal to put Wolves ahead had Jota spotted him. Fast forward a couple of minutes and Liverpool regain their lead.
M. Gibbs-White
João Moutinho
Wolverhampton Wanderers
87' Wolves also make a change with Morgan Gibbs-White replacing Moutinho.
D. Origi
Mohamed Salah
85' Liverpool subsequently make their final change as Salah makes way for Divock Origi.
J. Henderson
84' Henderson demonstrated terrific awareness to pick out Firmino in space in the box.
Roberto Firmino
84' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! FIRMINO MAKES IT 2-1! The Brazilian may have just won it for Liverpool! Firmino is picked out by Henderson in the box after Salah was initially snuffed out. He cuts inside onto his left foot before lashing the ball into the far corner of the net.
82' IMPORTANT SAVE! Moments later, a chance suddenly opens up for Firmino in the box. However, Patricio is quickly out of goal to make a crucial block and deny the Brazilian.
81' LOOK BOTH WAYS! Liverpool are sloppy in possession as they gift it straight to Jota. Traore is in acres of space to his right, but the Portugal international only sees the other way and the Reds intercept his attempted pass for Jimenez.
79' Wolves have not beaten Liverpool at home in the league since August 1981. They have a very good chance of ending their wait for another success today, but must maintain their current performance levels.
Diogo Jota
Pedro Neto
Wolverhampton Wanderers
77' Neto is given a rest by Nuno as he is replaced by the returning Diogo Jota, who is given a rousing reception by the Molineux faithful.
76' It looks like there is activity on the Wolves bench and they could well make their first change soon. Nuno has used just 19 players in the Premier League this season - fewer than any other side.
74' WASTED! Traore has the opportunity to stretch his legs and gets away from Van Dijk. However, he appears to have a rush of blood and shoots early, but drags his effort well wide of the target. That was a good opportunity for Wolves to potentially edge their noses in front.
72' Fabinho's entrance has led to a tactical shuffle for Liverpool, with Minamino moving out to the right side of the three-man attack and Salah going through the centre.
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
70' A conservative change from Liverpool as Oxlade-Chamberlain goes off to be replaced by Fabinho.
70' JUST WIDE! At the other end, Salah bursts into life on the edge of the box following sloppy Wolves play. He skips away from Coady but is unable to keep his low shot on target.
68' GOOD SAVE! Jimenez springs the offside trap as Robertson is slow to step out and races through on goal. However, the angle is tight and Alisson is able to block the Mexican's effort.
67' The honours are still even as we enter the final quarter of the game at Molineux. As things stand, Wolves will become only the second team to deny Liverpool victory in the Premier League this season.
65' GOOD SAVE! Liverpool are looking a little rattled and Wolves are growing in confidence. Following a neat passage of play, Traore gets a shot on goal, but Alisson does well to beat it away to safety.
62' In scoring that equaliser, Jimenez becomes only the fourth Wolves player to find the net against Liverpool in the Premier League. The others were Kenny Miller, Stephen Ward and Steven Fletcher.
60' CHANCE! With Patricio stranded, the ball breaks kindly for Firmino after Minamino's initial shot is blocked. However, the Brazilian can only shoot straight at the Wolves keeper.
58' As things stand, this would be the seventh time that Liverpool have failed to record a Premier League victory on a Thursday. They have won just twice in their eight previous attempts.
56' Alisson is forced to punch Moutinho's free-kick clear, but the offside flag had already been raised.
A. Robertson
Yellow Card
55' Robertson has his name taken after bringing down Traore on the edge of the area. This is a great chance for Wolves...
53' That is goal number 20 for the season for Jimenez! What a second half we can look forward to at Molineux!
Adama Traoré
Wolverhampton Wanderers
51' Traore did brilliantly to pick out Jimenez with a delicious ball into the box.
R. Jiménez
Wolverhampton Wanderers
51' EQUALISER!!! JIMENEZ MAKES IT 1-1! Wolves hit Liverpool with a devastating counter. Having kick-started the attack and initially fed Traore down the right wing, the Mexican arrives to meet his cross and power home a header.
50' Interestingly, each of Liverpool's seven clean sheets in as many games have come since Gomez returned to the starting line-up. Before that, they had kept just two from a possible 15.
48' Seconds later, the ball breaks kindly for Neto at the other end. However, Gomez does well to make up ground and block.
47' GOOD SAVE! Sloppy play from Traore on the edge of his own penalty area is pounced on by Salah, whose powerful drive is beaten away by Patricio.
46' Off we go, again! Wolves get the ball rolling once more!
Will Liverpool continue their charge towards the Premier League title by restoring their 16-point lead at the top of the table, or can Wolves respond and put an end to their 39-game unbeaten run?
Jordan Henderson's goal separates the sides at half-time. It has not all been plain sailing for Liverpool in the first half, however, following the injury that forced Sadio Mane off early. Wolves are still very much in the contest, although Matt Doherty spurned a golden opportunity to equalise - heading wide from close range.
45' + 2' GREAT BLOCK! A clever header from Firmino releases Salah in full stride. The Egyptian skips away from a couple of challenges and lets fly with his left foot, but Doherty slides in to make a crucial intervention.
45' There are going to be two minutes of stoppage time at the end of this first half.
44' As previously mentioned, Liverpool can equal their club top-flight record of eight straight clean sheets today. They also achieved the feat between December 1922 and March 1923, as well as October to December 2005.
42' Van Dijk demonstrates his quality once again as he tracks the run of Jimenez brilliantly, before making a crucial block from the Mexican's strike.
40' Jimenez is looking for his 20th goal of the season for Wolves in all competitions. The Mexican recently became the club's all-time leading marksman in the Premier League with 23.
38' Wolves go on the attack and Neves deep ball to the far post finds Jimenez. The Mexican cuts inside onto his right foot, but can only drag his eventual shot wide of the target.
35' Mane and Liverpool will be hoping it is nothing too serious as his game ends prematurely. The Reds will not want to lose the services of the African player of the year for too long.
T. Minamino
S. Mané
33' After picking up a knock, Mane is unable to continue and goes off to be replaced by Takumi Minamino.
32' A real concern for Liverpool as Mane goes to ground twice in quick succession. They will not want to lose him for the latter stages of this season.
30' The hosts look to make something happen down the left with Jonny leading the charge. However, he gets no change out of Van Dijk, who shows great strength to see the ball behind for a goal kick.
28' Wolves will not be too worried about trailing just yet. This season, they have earned 18 points from losing positions in the Premier League - five more than any other side.
26' Neves looks a little sore as he makes his way to the touchline. However, he should be alright to continue in this game.
24' There is a concern for Wolves as Neves stays down following a heavy challenge with Mane. The hosts will be hoping it is nothing too serious for the Portugal international.
21' Liverpool always look so dangerous on the counter. Mane almost latches onto another long ball forward, but Coady does well to get a challenge in and eventually earn a goal kick.
20' The noise levels at Molineux raise a notch as Traore uses his enormous strength to hold off several attempted Liverpool challenges. However, the momentum ends when his attempted pass to Neto lacks the neccessary execution.
18' At the other end, Mane picks out Salah with a terrific diagonal ball. The Egyptian steps inside a challenge, but Wolves quickly recover numerically to block his eventual shot.
17' Wolves threaten again as Traore sits an inviting ball into the box. However, it does not quite break for Jimenez as Van Dijk and Gomez stand firm.
15' The hosts may trail but they are still very much in the game. They have enjoyed 42 per cent of the possession inside the opening 15 minutes and just need to stick with their opponents if they are to get anything out of the contest.
13' Wolves have only scored once at home against Liverpool in the Premier League. That came courtesy of Kenny Miller's late equaliser in a 1-1 draw back in January 2004. What an opportunity that was for Doherty to end the unwanted record.
11' CHANCE! What an opportunity for Wolves! Doherty beats the offside trap as he ghosts in to meet Moutinho's ball to the far post, but can only head wide of the target from a tight angle.
10' Liverpool have the lead and recent history suggests they are unlikely to let it slip. You have to go back to April 2017 for the last time they scored first in a Premier League match and lost.
T. Alexander-Arnold
8' Alexander-Arnold was the provider with a typically inviting delivery, which Henderson met to put the Reds in front.
J. Henderson
8' HENDERSON!!! 1-0 TO LIVERPOOL! The Premier League leaders strike first! From the resulting corner, Henderson arrives to meet Alexander-Arnold's delivery. Patricio gets a hand to his header, but is unable to keep it out.
7' Following a lengthy delay, Alexander-Arnold steps up to the set piece, but his delivery deflects behind for a corner.
5' A scare for Liverpool as they nervously clear Moutinho's low free-kick into the area. Moments later, they are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Wolves area after Coady upends Salah.
3' Liverpool quickly settle into their rhythm but they are put on the back foot as Wolves look to counter. Jonny gets the better of Gomez, but his cross is blocked.
1' Michael Oliver is our referee today. He blows his whistle and Liverpool get the match underway.
The teams are making their way out onto the field and kick-off is just moments away.
Can Wolves be the team to end Liverpool's unbeaten record? They must upset the history books in order to do so, having lost each of their last six Premier League meetings with the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp also sticks with the same starting line-up from Sunday’s win over Manchester United. Today, the Reds are aiming to equal a club top-flight record by earning an eighth consecutive clean sheet.
After watching his side come from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 on Saturday, Nuno Espirito Santo names an unchanged starting 11. Diogo Jota returns from a dead leg on the bench as does Willy Boly, who is back in the matchday squad for the first time since October.
SUBS: Adrian, Joel Matip, Neco Williams, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson (captain), Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
SUBS: John Ruddy, Willy Boly, Max Kilman, Morgan Gibbs-White, Ryan Giles, Diogo Jota, Benny Ashley-Seal.
WOLVES (3-4-3): Rui Patricio; Leander Dendoncker, Conor Coady (captain), Romain Saiss; Matt Doherty, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Jonny; Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto.
Runaway leaders Liverpool are aiming to restore their 16-point cushion at the top of the Premier League table with victory today. Meanwhile, a point for Wolves would be enough to lift them up to fifth place.
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