Liverpool’s late show fired Jurgen Klopp’s men to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 comeback win at Wolves. Andrew Robertson and Hugo Bueno’s own goal saw the Reds escape Molineux with a victory which looked unlikely at half-time.
Hwang Hee-Chan’s early opener gave Wolves the lead as the hosts dominated and only a woeful miss by Matheus Cunha stopped them going further ahead. Liverpool were wretched in the first half but slowly improved, levelling through Cody Gakpo before breaking Wolves’ resistance with four minutes left for a third comeback win of the season.
It was Robertson’s - who was captain for the day - first goal in 16 months and the defender celebrated in expected fashion. The result was wrapped up deep into added time when Hugo Bueno deflected Harvey Elliott’s strike beyond his goalkeeper. Read the game back below with our dedicated match blog!
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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 - 3 Liverpool FC
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Wolves 1-3 Liverpool: Reds go top as Saturday lunchtime curse ends
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Liverpool came from behind to beat Wolves and go top of the Premier League.
The Reds kicked off the weekend schedule knowing they went winless in six Saturday 12.30pm kick-offs last season, and that run looked likely to continue until captain-for-the-day Andy Robertson scored four minutes from time. Hugo Bueno deflected Harvey Elliott’s shot past Jose Sa for a third in added time.
The hosts dominated the first half at Molineux against an unusually sloppy Liverpool, with Hwang Hee-chan stroking in a 7th minute goal after a brilliant run from Pedro Neto, before Wolves missed a string of further chances.
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102min: Liverpool go top!
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98min: Gravenberch tries to mark his debut with a goal but Wolves pounce on him before he can get a shot on target.
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95min: Diaz now fires in low at Sa, who collects at the second attempt. Not long to go now.
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93min: Salah comes off, as Gravenberch makes his debut.
There were eight minutes added on, by the way!
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91min: Elliott makes certain of the result! He runs onto Salah’s shot and beats Sa via a deflection.
That’s three assists for Salah!
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86min: No one is following Robertson into the area, but Salah spots him and the captain slots home!
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84min: A superb block by Dawson to deny a blistering half-volley attempt from Diaz. He’s been superb.
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81min: Quansah twice goes down with cramp and Klopp is now bellowing into the fourth official’s ear about something. He’s being roundly ignored though.
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78min: Now Semedo is replaced by Traore.
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77min: Bellegarde is off for Doyle. He’s done so well today.
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73min: Oh, Semedo! He takes the ball off Diaz but did he take the man first? Liverpool fans want a second yellow, but replays show it’s a good tackle.
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72min: Semedo into the book for timewasting. Bit harsh.
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64min: Nunez almost has a tap in at the back post but doesn’t gamble on Diaz’s cross! Dawson misses it and Nunez just puts his head in his hands.
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63min: Nunez with his first chance to run at the Wolves defence, darting into the area before firing a cross at Salah which comes to nothing.
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60min: Doherty replaces Hwang as Silva comes on for Cunha.
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56min: That was Gakpo’s last touch. He is replaced by Elliott and Nunez comes on for Jota.
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55min: Liverpool are level. That was all rather easy.
Gakpo charges towards the area, Jota then sends Salah wide for a shot across goal with Gakpo slots home.
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52min: Diaz has made such an impact since coming on, and now Nunez and Elliott are warming up.
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50min: Cunha does so many things so well - most things, in fact - but cannot finish to save his life.
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47min: Almost the perfect start to the second half for Diaz as he flashes a half-volley the wrong side of the near post.
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46min: Back underway! Diaz is on.
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“Joe Gomez has been in the spin-dryer a couple of times this afternoon,” says Joe Cole on TNT Sports.
Pedro Neto has been such a handful, and then Liverpool defender cannot cope. Liverpool need answers to that particular problem.
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48min: There’s your lot for the first half.
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47min: Almost an equaliser! Salah fires through a group of players but his shot is blocked and then Jota’s follow-up is denied by Sa.
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46min: Two minutes added on.
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44min: Gakpo rises highest to Gomez’s cross to send a header at goal, but he gets underneath it.
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41min: Neto is at the centre of everything. He carves open another chance, this time for Bellegarde to bring down on the edge of the area but the new signing can’t quite get the ball under control.
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38min: Down the left for Liverpool and another good chance as Robertson whips in a low cross, but Gakpo gets it all wrong and trickles harmlessly wide.
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34min: How have Wolves not scored again?! Neto spots Cunha free at the back post, and he just needs to nods in but get his jump all wrong and heads against his knee.
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33min: Jota picks the ball up and tries to find a pocket of space but Wolves give him no time on the ball. A brilliant tackle from Gomes, which he celebrates.
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31min: Another Wolves corner, another Dawson header which is wide. Why is Jota marking him at set-pieces?!
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29min: Bellegarde looks so good, very powerful, and kicks off another Wolves attack which ends in a corner. Dawson heads wide.
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28min: A smart break by Wolves through Neto, who runs 40 years before eventually being crowded out inside Liverpool’s area.
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27min: Down the left this time for Liverpool and a bit more joy as Ait-Nouri is needed to direct Jota’s fine cross at Salah behind.
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26min: Liverpool just look a bit out of ideas. Down the right again, this time with Gomez but his cross is simply deflected into Sa’s grateful arms.
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23min: Salah and Szoboszlai again move it quickly down the right, but the latter’s pass toward Jota in the centre is wayward and Wolves can clear.
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21min: Just over 20 minutes played at Molineux and Liverpool’s 12.30pm curse is alive and well. Wolves deservedly lead and Liverpool have done absolutely nothing.
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17min: Liverpool still yet to click once. Gakpo makes a neat run in behind but Jota’s pass is too heavy and Sa can collect.
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15min: Wolves win another corner and again they beat Liverpool in the air, but Lemina’s flick is way off target.
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13min: First half-sight of goal for Liverpool as Salah spots Jota inside the area, but the pass is slightly behind him and he has three Wolves players around him... so skies his shot above the bar.
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10min: Now Neto is spotted at the back post by Semedo, but Gomez is in the right place to nick it off the forward’s toe.
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7min: You can’t say they haven’t been pushing! Hwang Hee-Chan is in acres at the back post to slot home - but surely Alisson should be doing better?
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5min: First booking of the game goes to Mac Allister on Cunha near the edge of the Liverpool box, but there really doesn’t look much in it. Seems harsh.
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4min: Up the other end Szoboszlai tries to make something happen on the right wing, but his whipped low cross toward Salah is easily smothered by Sa.
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3min: A fast start from Wolves, who win a corner inside a minute which Neto gets a flick on but Liverpool clear. Bellegarde looks lively.
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1min: ...and we are underway!
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A moment’s silence for the lives lost recently in Morocco and Libya.
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Almost time. The teams are in the tunnel.
Gary O’Neil to TNT Sports
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"Liverpool coming is always a big occasion so looking forward to the game today. Hwang Hee-Chan has scored a couple for us this year. He has taken his chances well and I felt he may add something for us today.
"Liverpool are a good side. I've watched their first four league games and they were excellent. They are in a very good spot this year and I think they will be very close to the top of the league.
"Of course with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Virgil [Van Dijk] out you would rather play them without them."
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The final prep has been done, the teams are back in the dressing room. Not long now.
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"We have to see, it's all early days for all the teams. Things cannot be settled yet so you have to work really hard to get game ideas on the pitch."
He added: "The South Americans came back really late. We need them as substitutes. That's the two offensive changes.
"Ibrahima Konate only came back two days ago, we could have forced it, but Jarell Quansah came on twice and did really well. We trust him so I hope he can enjoy it."
Debut for Wolves
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It's two changes for Wolves, including a debut.
Deadline day signing Jeanricner Bellegarde comes into midfield, as Hwang Hee-Chan is also recalled. Fabio Silva and Pablo Sarabia are on the bench.
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So, there was a surprise in the Liverpool XI after all!
Liverpool hand 20-year-old academy defender Jarell Quansah a first start for the club with Ibrahima Konate only fit enough for a place on the bench and Virgil van Dijk suspended. Joe Gomez covers at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold injured.
Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz are on the bench with Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo partnering Mohamed Salah up top.
Lineups in full
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Wolves XI: Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Ait Nouri, Bellegarde, Lemina, Joao Gomes, Pedro Neto, Matheus Cunha, Hwang
Subs: Doherty, Traore, Silva, Hugo Bueno, Kalajdzic, Doyle, Sarabia, Gomes, Bentley
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Gomez, Quansah, Matip, Robertson, Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Jones, Salah, Gakpo, Jota
Subs: Endo, Konate, Diaz, Nunez, Elliott, Tsimikas, Gravenberch, Bajcetic, Kelleher
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...and here are the hosts.
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Here’s how the Reds look.
🔴 #WOLLIV TEAM NEWS IS IN!
Here’s how we line up at Molineux this afternoon:
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Team news is imminent, sounds like there are few surprises in the starting line-up including no Gravenberch.
We will know for sure in less than 15 minutes.
Klopp hopes momentum cotinues to build
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hopes his squad can pick up the momentum they had before the international break.
"We would've loved to have carried on after the Aston Villa game, which was a really good game," Klopp told reporters on Friday.
"I think 30-odd hours ago, Alexis Mac Allister played in Bolivia, landed yesterday morning at four o'clock. So, let's see where we can pick up.”
Liverpool bolstered their squad in the close season, adding Argentina's Mac Allister, Hungary's Dominik Szoboszlai and Japan international Wataru Endo after losing midfield stalwarts Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Arabia.
"The quality of the players, I'm really, really happy, the potential we have is really good," Klopp said. "And I love working with them, they are open. It's nice for a manager as well, to know they didn't hear it already 500 times before, that some messages are new.
"(This is) year one of a new team, we want to become a new team and not a replica of the other team and that is what we're working on."
‘Liverpool in a real good place'
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Wolves boss Gary O'Neil expects Liverpool to be title challengers again.
Jurgen Klopp's side finished fifth last season, 22 points behind champions Manchester City, and were never in the title race. But after three wins from their opening four matches O'Neil believes Klopp will have Liverpool in the hunt for the Premier League this term.
He said: "I'll be very surprised if they're not right at the top this year. Of course, as with most people, Man City will be the favourites I'm sure but Liverpool have added a lot of really good players in the summer.
"I would expect them to improve significantly on the points tally they achieved last season. They've got 10 points from four games with some difficult fixtures in there as well.
"Managing to win at Newcastle when you're down to 10 men is an incredible effort. I know how tough it is, as everyone does, to go away to Newcastle and get a result with 11.
"So to be 1-0 down and be as good as they were with 10 men shows that they're in a real good place."
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Wolves are up against it today, but did win this fixture last season.
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Liverpool are flying high and full of confidence, and will know being first up in the weekend running order means they can go top of the league with victory at Molineux. Wolves have impressed in fits and starts, and good for a goal in any game, but it will be a tall order to stop this rampant Reds team.
Liverpool to win, 3-1.
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Joe Hodge remains a doubt for Wolves with a hamstring problem.
Tommy Doyle should be available after missing the defeat at Crystal Palace with a knee issue.
Debut for Gravenberch?
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Liverpool will this afternoon be without Trent Alexander-Arnold. Deadline day signing Ryan Gravenberch, meanwhile, will be eligible to make his debut but is most likely to be named on the bench.
Jurgen Klopp, who has batted back suggestions he wants the Germany job during the international break, has also been without Thiago Alcantara for several months ahead of his potential return when Premier League action resumes.
One player certainly out of the lunchtime trip to Molineux is Virgil van Dijk after his suspension was lengthened to two games for improper conduct following his red card at Newcastle.
Liverpool earned a comfortable 3-0 win over Aston Villa before the break and have both Darwin Nunez and Ibrahima Konate fit.
Where to watch
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TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on TNT Sports, with coverage beginning at 11.30am.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the TNT Sports app and website.
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Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Wolves and Liverpool.
The Reds can go top of the table with a victory, though Manchester City a couple of hours later will have something to say about that.
Kick-off is at 12.30pm BST. Stick with us.