Article by Jack Gill (@JackLFCGill)
Liverpool face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday in the final game of the season where the Premier League title. Whilst we are not yet sure whether or not the Reds will be lifting the title, it has been a fantastic season nonetheless and its such a shame to see it end, though part of me can’t believe that we may finish second in the league on 97 points and that would be extremely difficult to comprehend.
Ahead of the Sunday’s game, here are the top 5 games between The Reds and The Wolves in recent history…
21st December 2018: Wolves 0-2 Liverpool
Earlier on in the season, Liverpool beat Wolves at the Molineux by two goals to nil but it wasn’t plain-sailing for the Reds and Wolves gave them some problems but Liverpool held on and ensured that Alisson had 11 clean sheet in his first 18 Premier League appearances.
The Reds took the lead just before the 20th minute mark. After clever play on the right hand side between Mane and Fabinho, the Brazilian pulled the ball back for Mo Salah, who finished brilliantly to continue his brilliant record of goal involvements against newly promoted sides.
Virgil van Dijk was superb against Wolves and added a goal to his performance in the second half when Salah turned from scorer to provider and produced a brilliant ball into the box to Big Virg, who poked the ball past Rui Patricio and made it 2-0.
The win made sure that Liverpool were on 48 points halfway through the season, the highest points tally LFC have ever been on after 18 games!
31st January 2012: Wolves 0-3 Liverpool
After a goalless first half, Liverpool ran riot in the second half. Andy Carroll got the first for LFC, seven minutes after the break with a lovely finish after a great ball in from the left by Charlie Adam.
Nine minutes later Craig Bellamy doubled our lead and finished into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, after a brilliant solo run from the Welshman.
The third goal for Liverpool came courtesy of Dirk Kuyt, who beat Wayne Hennessey after playing a good one-two with Charlie Adam on the right-hand side.
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24th September 2011: Liverpool 2-1 Wolves
This was the last time Wolves played at Anfield in the Premier League and on this occasion, they went back to the Black Country without any points as the Reds claimed a 2-1 victory.
The Reds were ahead just after the ten minute mark and it was an opposition player they had to thank as Roger Johnson headed the ball past his own goalkeeper to divert a Charlie Adam shot from distance into the back of his own net.
Andy Carroll had received criticism in the build-up to the game and had a brilliant opportunity to put Liverpool two goals ahead but he missed his chance to get his goal as he headed straight at Wayne Hennessey.
Liverpool’s lead was doubled by Luis Suarez in the 38th minute after brilliant play from the Uruguayan who caused problems by twisting and turning through the Wolves defence and making it 2-0 from eight yards out.
Wolves fought back though and four minutes after a double substitution at half-time by Mick McCarthy, they pulled one back as Stephen Hunt pulled it back to Steven Fletcher who finished well having only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes.
This led to the game opening up and Berra came closest for the visitors with a header but Liverpool held on to ensure the three points belonged to them.
22nd January 2011: Wolves 0-3 Liverpool
Another 3-0 win for the Reds and on this occasion Liverpool had a certain El Nino and some brilliance from Raul Meireles to thank.
The first goal of the game came ten minutes before the break and Fernando got his first goal of the game. Raul Meireles found himself onside and was played in behind the Wolves defence with a brilliant ball from Dirk Kuyt. The Portuguese midfielder squared the ball to Torres who put it away to put ensure the Reds would go into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes after the half-time interval, Raul Merieles got himself on the scoresheet and it was an absolute beauty. Meireles was 25 yards out when a defensive header came looping towards him and the Portuguese midfielder thundered a volley over Wayne Hennessey and into the back of the net.
The game looked as though it was going to finish 2-0 but Liverpool got a third in the closing stages of the match as El Nino got his second of the day, finishing well after being laid off by Dirk Kuyt.
26th December 2009: Liverpool 2-0 Wolves
A boxing day clash between the two sides that finished with the Reds the winners again. There were no goals in the first half, in fact, there were no goals until Steven Gerrard’s header after 62 minutes which put the Reds ahead. It was a brilliant header from Gerrard who rose above the Wolves defence and headed home to put the Reds a goal to the good.
Eight minutes later, it was 2-0 when Yossi Benayoun’s shot was deflected into the back of the net. The Israeli found himself at the back post completely unmarked and when the ball fell to his feet he was able to finish calmly past Hahnemann, despite the American getting a glove on the ball before it hit the net.
Well there we have it, the top five fixtures against Wolves in the last decade. This one may not be as entertaining but it could be one of the most important games Liverpool have ever played as we continue our push for the Premier League title!
Up the Reds!
Article by Jack Gill (@JackLFCGill)