Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Liverpool: Diogo Jota scores winner before worrying Rui Patricio injury

Diogo Jota scores for Liverpool

Diogo Jota rekindled Liverpool’s Premier League top-four hopes with the winning goal on his return to Molineux in a game that ended with a worrying head injury to Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Jota, who joined Liverpool from Wolves in September, drilled a low first-time shot under Patricio to settle a tight contest.

It was a fine way for the Portugal forward to mark his first appearance back at his former employers and it sees the Reds climb to sixth, two points behind West Ham in fifth and five off Chelsea in fourth.

In a game of few clear-cut chances Mohamed Salah saw a late effort ruled out for offside.

However, more distressing for the hosts was the sight of Patricio leaving the pitch on a stretcher after a lengthy delay following a collision with his captain Conor Coady, while trying to prevent the Egyptian from scoring.

Patricio injury echoes Jimenez

The evening started brightly for Wolves who were hoping to win back-to-back games at Molineux for the first time this season.

And while they generally acquitted themselves well, all thoughts of their performance and the result faded late on with Patricio’s injury.

Sat in the stands, Wolves forward Raul Jimenez provided a painful reminder of what can happen on a football pitch and is still to return from the fractured skull he sustained against Arsenal in November.

There was a 15-minute delay until John Ruddy was brought on to replace the Portugal goalkeeper.

And it was all the more galling that his injury came attempting to prevent Salah from scoring when when he was offside, though it is unclear whether an earlier decision would have averted the collision.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 11Rui PatrícioSubstituted forRuddyat 90+11′minutes
  • 27SaïssBooked at 52mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 22Nélson SemedoSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 84′minutes
  • 8NevesBooked at 37minsSubstituted forDendonckerat 76′minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 37Traoré
  • 7Neto
  • 12Da SilvaSubstituted forFábio Silvaat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 18Gibbs-White
  • 20Vitinha
  • 21Ruddy
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 49Kilman
  • 75Marques

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 47Phillips
  • 19Kabak
  • 26Robertson
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraBooked at 42minsSubstituted forKeitaat 67′minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forMilnerat 67′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 20JotaSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 82′minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 8Keita
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Jones
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 46R Williams
  • 76N Williams

Referee:
Craig Pawson

Match Stats

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Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.

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