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3 talking points as Liverpool defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers

Liverpool returned to winning ways in Premier League with an impressive win against Wolves to move back to European spots

Liverpool was forced to dig deep as they saw off Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux to return to winning ways. The Reds have lost six of their last seven in the league but Diogo Jota‘s first-half strike was enough to seal the three points. Wolves’ worst fears were realized when their former player returned to score the decisive goal.

The front three all of the Reds all combined as Jota’s shot beat Rui Patricio, although the goalkeeper should’ve done better. In the second half, Mohamed Salah was played through on goal but the combination of Conor Coady and Patricio ensured that the Liverpool forward did not find the back of the net.

A seemingly innocuous clash between the teammates soon turned serious, as cameras panned in on Rui Patricio lying motionless on the field. Medical attendants promptly attended to him, with oxygen administered to the Wolves goalkeeper on the field before he was taken off. Backup goalkeeper John Ruddy took his place in goal as a concussion substitute.

This saw the game stretch beyond the 100-minute mark and a late surge saw Wolves fashion several notable chances in the dying stages of the game but Liverpool held on for the victory. The win moves the Reds up to sixth on the table, while Wolves remain in the 13th spot.
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It seemed written in the stars that Jota would come back to Molineux and score. The Portuguese star opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time against his former club. He has come in for Roberto Firmino over the past couple of games and already looks to be stamping his authority on a starting berth.

With Liverpool set for a reshuffle this summer, there have been whispers that the Brazilian could make way. The Reds front three is not firing on all cylinders as it has done in recent years and Jota can only be ignored for so long given the form he is in. Very much a different player to Firmino, but in this evidence, he is equally as effective.