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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Liverpool: Divock Origi nets last-minute winner

By Joe RindlBBC Sport
Divock Origi
Divock Origi's strike was Liverpool's 39th winning goal scored in or after the 90th minute in the Premier League, at least 13 more than other side

Liverpool substitute Divock Origi scored a last-minute winner to sink Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux as the Reds continued their superb form in the Premier League.

With seconds remaining, Origi latched on to a Mohamed Salah pass, smashing the ball beyond Jose Sa in the Wolves goal.

His goal sparked wild celebrations from the visiting players, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ran straight to the centre circle to hug the striker after the full-time whistle.

Klopp then told BBC Radio 5 Live he thought Origi "was a legend", saying he hoped "people will write books about him" as he acknowledged the Belgian's cult hero status at Anfield.

The win meant Liverpool briefly went top, leapfrogging Chelsea, who lost 3-2 to West Ham in Saturday's early kick-off, but they returned to second after Manchester City beat Watford 3-1.

Defeat was cruel on Wolves, who had defended heroically for 94 minutes and were 60 seconds away from becoming the first team to stop Liverpool scoring this season.

Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp says it was great to win such a difficult game

Reds go top in dramatic fashion

Liverpool came into this match in blistering form, having scored at least twice in each of their past 18 matches and scoring 14 times in their past four.

But for most of the afternoon, it looked as if they would be denied in front of goal for the first time since drawing 0-0 with Real Madrid last April.

In the first half, former Wolves forward Diogo Jota headed a deep cross narrowly off target while Romain Saiss produced a superb sliding tackle to deny the Reds' Salah a tap-in.

And in the second period, Liverpool continued to dominate as Thiago was denied by a combination of Raul Jimenez and Sa before Jota missed a huge opportunity, seeing an effort blocked on the line by Conor Coady with the keeper stranded.

It looked as if that would be the game's best chance but the Reds kept up the pressure and were awarded for their attacking intent with just one minute of stoppage time remaining when Origi broke the deadlock with his fourth goal of the season.

Wolves firm in defence

Spirited defensive efforts have become a regular habit for Wolves who boast the third-best defensive record in the Premier League and were seconds away from a fourth clean sheet on the bounce.

Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Bruno Lage says conceding injury-time winner 'part of football'

As they were cheered on by a boisterous home crowd on a cold afternoon in the West Midlands, the hosts were content to sit back and rarely threatened going forward. Wolves managed just three shots compared to Liverpool's 17.

Bruno Lage may look towards his attackers as one area to improve upon going forward.

Wolves, who have Chelsea and Manchester City to face before Christmas, have now failed to score in eight of their 15 league games this season.

Defeat sees them remain in eighth, six points off the top four and 11 clear of the relegation zone.

Player of the match

OrigiDivock Origi

with an average of 7.38

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number16Player nameCoady
    Average rating

    6.49

  2. Squad number9Player nameJiménez
    Average rating

    6.38

  3. Squad number37Player nameTraoré
    Average rating

    6.35

  4. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves
    Average rating

    6.27

  5. Squad number11Player nameTrincão
    Average rating

    6.20

  6. Squad number23Player nameKilman
    Average rating

    6.17

  7. Squad number27Player nameSaïss
    Average rating

    6.17

  8. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri
    Average rating

    6.17

  9. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo
    Average rating

    6.16

  10. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho
    Average rating

    6.13

  11. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá
    Average rating

    6.13

  12. Squad number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan
    Average rating

    6.12

  13. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker
    Average rating

    6.06

  14. Squad number2Player nameHoever
    Average rating

    5.48

Liverpool

  1. Squad number27Player nameOrigi
    Average rating

    7.38

  2. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    6.95

  3. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    6.89

  4. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    6.71

  5. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    6.71

  6. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    6.65

  7. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    6.63

  8. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    6.61

  9. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    6.56

  10. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    6.50

  11. Squad number32Player nameMatip
    Average rating

    6.49

  12. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    6.49

  13. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    6.46

  14. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
    Average rating

    6.15

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 23Kilman
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 22Nélson Semedo
  • 8Neves
  • 32DendonckerBooked at 26mins
  • 3Aït-NouriSubstituted forHoeverat 90+2'minutes
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 89'minutes
  • 9JiménezBooked at 88mins
  • 26Hwang Hee-ChanSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 10Podence
  • 11Machado Trincão
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 21Ruddy
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 39Cundle
  • 64Bueno
  • 77Campbell

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 66mins
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forOrigiat 68'minutes
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 62mins
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 11SalahSubstituted forMilnerat 90+6'minutes
  • 20JotaSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 82'minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 5Konaté
  • 7Milner
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
30,729

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home3
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Mohamed Salah.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 1. Divock Origi (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

  5. Post update

    Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Rayan Aït-Nouri because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Trincão replaces Adama Traoré.

  10. Booking

    Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nélson Semedo tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by José Sá.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Maximilian Kilman.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Diogo Jota.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Moutinho replaces Hwang Hee-Chan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

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