Liverpool strengthened their position at the top of the Premier League table with victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday.Roberto Firmino netted a late winner after Raul Jimenez had equalised Jordan Henderson's opener as the Reds recorded a hard-earned 2-1 win over the Midlanders. The result meant Jurgen Klopp's side still haven't lost a top-flight game since January 2019 and have now moved 16 points clear at the top. But there was plenty that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at Molneux. Read More
Firmino gets them going One aspect of Liverpool's play that has changed during the past two years is their ability to greater manage games. Even if that involves booting the ball as far away from the pitch as possible in an attempt to waste time and slow the game down. Dejan Lovren did it at Swansea City the other year. Sadio Mane famously thumped one against Manchester City earlier this season. And Roberto Firmino followed suit at Molineux, blasting possession into the stands from the touchline during injury time. The Wolves fans fumed, the final whistle sounded seconds later. Nice one, Bobby...
Salah does it again From midway through the first half, you could sense Mohamed Salah fancied a goal at Molineux. He came close enough, seeing shots blocked, fly narrowly wide and one saved well by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio. But there was one incident in the second half when Salah should really have passed to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was still angry about it moments later when substituted, evidently making his thoughts clear as he took his place in the dugout. At least Sadio Mane knows how the midfielder felt. Klopp loves Traore
Wolves star Adama Traore hugs Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool's win at Molineux
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It hasn't exactly been hard to pick up on the fact Jurgen Klopp quite likes Adama Traore. The Reds boss bigged up the Wolves man before the Anfield meeting in December, and then followed it up with a post-match hug he normally reserves for only the very best opponents. Read More
And Klopp was at it again at Molineux, making a point of embracing the winger after the game following an impressive display. Andy Robertson probably needed one too after the tough time he was given by Traore. Might we see the Spaniard at Anfield again soon? Mane the missing man Not so much a moment missed as one that didn't even happen. When Firmino struck the winning goal six minutes from time, the Brazilian raced towards the corner flag and bit into his shirt - one of his many trademark moves - before being engulfed by his jubilant team-mates.
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Nice celebration, yes. But it just didn't feel the same without Sadio Mane on hand to replicate it.