A Joel Matip own goal after six minutes was compounded by Craig Dawson’s first goal for Wolves in the 12th minute, and despite Mohamed Salah’s best efforts, Liverpool were unable to break through Julen Lopetegui’s defence.
Adama Traore tormented Liverpool’s inert defence to set up Ruben Neves’ 71st-minute goal, and the Molineux fans Ole-ed every every stroke of a stoppage-time possession in completely unanticipated way.
The predicted goal total was kinder to Liverpool, but that and the club’s present condition are worth nothing more than a handshake; the Reds are currently 10 points below the top four, the ten next to their name a wild guess given their status under Jurgen Klopp (even considered their terrible injury list).
Wolves began the day in the bottom three and finished in 15th place with 20 points. That puts you two points ahead of the bottom three, but the increasing trend is true.
Lopetegui’s Wolves prey on injured Reds.
Injuries undoubtedly begin the tale of this one, a 3-0 victory that was significantly tighter on the xG scoreboard but just as split in spirit.
Wolves, on the other hand, were extremely active, and Klopp must have pondered what could have been when Neves scored the third goal by racing through a group of lined-up Liverpool backs to snap home the end result of Adama Traore’s hard work breaching the lines and completing a trademark dribble.
Darwin Nunez is snakebit in front of goal for the Reds, and Cody Gakpo may get there. At the moment, Liverpool’s whole offensive strategy seems to be, “Let’s hope Mo Salah cooks today.”
The Egyptian has been alright all year, but Saturday was far from normal. Thiago Alcantara was one of the few players to stand out in a defeat that left the Reds with fodder for Europa League qualifying and nothing more. Perhaps the UCL path will become available to them.