Wolves 0-3 Liverpool

Liverpool recorded their first win since Kenny Dalglish returned to the helm, courtesy of goals from Fernando Torres (2) and Raul Meireles.

Dalglish’s Liverpool side showed huge improvement and were unrecognisable from the side that lost the corresponding fixture just over three weeks ago – under then manager Roy Hodgson.

Torres opened the scoring on 36 minutes, tapping in from Meireles’ pass. The two players in particular were impressive throughout, showing energy and quality in the final third. The Portuguese midfielder in particular got forward well and showed a new dimension to his game which was stifled under Hodgson.

It was Meireles who doubled the lead with an absolutely stunning volley shortly after the interval. A long ball was headed up into the air and Meireles struck it on the way backdown into the top corner. You won’t see much of a sweeter volley all season.

The gloss was applied late on as Wolves pressed to get back into the game. Liverpool built the attack with a 30 pass move before Kuyt broke through and the ball dropped kindly for Torres to hammer home from close range for 3-0.

Former Liverpool youth player Adam Hammill came on for Wolves and looked lively, supplying some great crosses into the box.

Liverpool move up to tenth, albeit maybe only temporarily.

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Lucas, Meirles, Poulsen (Shelvey 73), Kuyt, Maxi (Aurelio 81), Torres.
Subs not used: Gulacsi, Cole, Pacheco, Spearing, Kyrgiakos.
Booked: Meireles, Poulsen, Torres.
Goals: Torres (36, 90+1), Meireles (50).

Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, Milijaš, Hunt, Fletcher (Hammill 72), Berra.
Subs not used: Hahnemann, Mouyokolo, Craddock, Jones, Davis, Vokes.

Referee: Martin Atkinson