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Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Origi the late, late hero in vital win

It doesn’t get much better than that. After such a frustrating afternoon, up popped Divock Origi to fire in a late winner to beat Wolves 1-0 in this season’s Villa moment.

Wolves 0-1 Liverpool

Premier League (15), Molineux
December 4, 2021

Goals

Origi 90+4′ (assist – Salah)


The Wolves fanbase is a strange one. Having been convinced Liverpool were fleeced for £45 million in the Diogo Jota deal, they booed his every touch, while a chorus of ‘sign on’ came immediately before a minute’s applause for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

On the pitch, the Reds were the most dangerous side in a slow start to proceedings, though Bruno Lage’s five-man defence had more success than that deployed by Ralph Hasenhuttl a week previous.

Adama Traore, amid whispers of a January move to Anfield, was a threat going forward for Wolves, while Liverpool’s momentum was stalled by the strong winds at Molineux.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 4, 2021: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The first big chance of the game came for the ex-Wolves striker, but despite his ability in the air Jota was unable to power his header on target following Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s cross.

An even bigger opportunity presented itself with an overlap from the otherwise quiet Andy Robertson, whose low cross looked destined for a tap-in only for Romain Saiss to deny Mo Salah with a lunging tackle.

Alisson was required to make a big save to keep the scores level heading into the break, diving at the feet of Traore to deny the winger after a low ball from Rayan Ait-Nouri.

HT: Wolves 0-0 Liverpool

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 4, 2021: Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traoré (C) gets away from Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (L) and Thiago Alcantara during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The second half began at a much higher intensity, with Alexander-Arnold required to produce some fine defending to thwart Hwang Hee-chan after Traore got the better of Virgil van Dijk.

At the other end, Alexander-Arnold and Thiago were involved in a smart free-kick routine that ended with Salah’s volley landing in the path of the midfielder, with three pinballing efforts eventually going out for a goal kick.

The pressure seemed to get to Jota as Jose Sa presented him with a golden opportunity at an open goal, and after doing all the hard work of getting into position, he produced one of the most shocking misses imaginable, powering at Conor Coady’s bollocks on the goal-line.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 4, 2021: Wolverhampton Wanderers' captain Conor Coady clears the ball off the line from a shot by Liverpool's Diogo Jota during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On came the first substitute, but it wasn’t the shaken Jota who made way, instead the captain Jordan Henderson coming off for Origi as Liverpool shifted to a 4-2-3-1.

Origi was bright from the moment he came on the pitch, and he was soon followed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as, with the Reds continually frustrated, the manager felt the need to change things up in pursuit of an unlikely goal.

Eventually it came, with less than a minute left to play, and it was Origi who converted, spinning to fire home and clinch a vital win.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 4, 2021: Liverpool's Divock Origi scores an injury tinme winning goal during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having seen Chelsea lose to West Ham earlier in the day, Liverpool accepted the gift of top spot in the Premier League, with Origi the hero in Wolverhampton.

The late goal evokes memories of a similarly dramatic winner in the Midlands in 2019 at a similar stage of the season…


TIA Man of the Match: Divock Origi

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Wolves: Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Ait-Nouri (Hoever 90+2′); Traore (Trincao 89′), Hwang (Moutinho 79′), Jimenez

Subs not used: Ruddy, Podence, Silva, Cundle, Bueno, Campbell

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson (Origi 67′), Thiago; Salah (Milner 90+5′), Mane, Jota (Oxlade-Chamberlain 81′)

Subs not used: Kelleher, Konate, Phillips, Tsimikas, Williams, Minamino

Next match: AC Milan (A) – Champions League – Tuesday, December 7, 8pm (GMT)

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