Diogo Jota strikes as Liverpool narrowly edge Wolves at Molineux

Diogo Jota strikes as Liverpool narrowly edge Wolves at Molineux

Diogo Jota's lone goal was enough to see Liverpool beat his former side, Wolves 1-0 on Monday night in an English Premier League clash at the Molineux Stadium. 

The striker, returning after months out due to injury scored in the dying minutes of the first half, and the goal proved all-important as the Reds sought to keep pace with the leading pack. 

It was a lively start for both teams, with Wolves having a second-minute penalty shout waved away after Alisson bundled into Semedo inside the box. 

Semedo then forced a good save in the fourth minute after latching on to a Traore pass from the edge of the box, even though the goal could have been disallowed as the winger was clearly offside. 

Liverpool then had their first real attack in the 13th minute, but it ended with Sadio Mane's ball getting easily blocked by the Wolves defense. 

Mane looked the likeliest to score for the visitors as he came close twice, with his 38th-minute attempt the closest. 

The Senegal international was unlucky to see his header from a Trent Alexandre-Arnold cross go inches wide of the post as the Reds came close again.

They were not to be denied though in the last minute of the opening half as Diogo Jota, returning from injury, came back to haunt Wolves. 

The Reds' striking unit combined well, with Salah and Mane playing neat one-two's before the latter swept the last ball to Jota, whose shot crept into the near post past Rui Patricio, who had a hand on it. 

Liverpool were the first to attack in the second period, coming close after eight minutes as Alexandre-Arnold floated in a wonderful free-kick, but Ozan Kabak could not get to the end of it and the hosts cleared. 

Alisson then came to Liverpool's rescue just after the hour mark, making a world-class save to deny Traore, who had created some space just inside the box.

Wolves felt they should have been given a penalty in the 65th minute after Alexander-Arnold shoved Joao Moutinho in the back, but Craig Pawson waved away the claims with no VAR review. 

The lively Traore came back again in the 73rd minute but was once again denied by Alisson with a brilliant save. 

Liverpool then had their second and third shots on target in quick succession going into the last 10 minutes, with Patricio denying first, Mane, before a fingertip save to deny Salah moments later. 

The Egyptian thought he had doubled his side's lead in the 86th minute, but his effort was flagged for offside.

There was a moment of concern late on as Patricio had to be attended by the medical team, following a collision with Coady's knee as the two tried to defend Salah's effort.

Wolves kept knocking but could not get past a determined Liverpool, who held on for maximum points, their first, following two successive defeats.