Wolves 0-3 Liverpool | Race for Fourth Place Hots Up |

By Jonathan Carroll

To compare Liverpool’s record versus lower league opposition this season makes for grim reading for all of the clubs supporters. Entering into Tuesday nights game, most Liverpool fans held high hope following wins over the two Manchester teams that Wolves could be duly dispatched. Post big game let downs have been a story of Liverpool’s season, winning tougher games on paper and faltering against the lower teams such as Swansea, Norwich and Bolton to name a few. Thankfully, Kenny Dalglish’s men didn’t disappoint Tuesday night.

In a first half that saw Liverpool and Craig Bellamy in particular test Wayne Hennessy in the Wolves goal the home team offered little in reply. The second half saw the redmen come alive with Charlie Adam clipping a superb ball to the back post for Andy Carroll to dispatch. The big striker was celebrating the one year anniversary of his move to Merseyside and his goal was the perfect antidote.

Soon after Craig Bellamy picked up the ball inside the opposition half, Wolves defenders continued to back off and the stocky Welshman took the invitation to have a shot on goal which Hennessy failed to get a strong hand to and the ball rolled over the line to make it two nil to the visitors.

The game was over as a contest soon after Jose Enrique won a tackle on the top of his own box, played a cross field ball to Dirk Kuyt who exchanged passes with Charlie Adam before finishing low past Hennessy. The goal was Kuyt’s fiftieth as a Liverpool player. The true value of Dirk Kuyt may never be realized until he is no longer a Liverpool player. Most supporters now take for granted the high workrate, continuous effort and dedication for the club on the pitch in every game he plays. Yes Kuyt has bad games but what player doesn’t?

Most notably of late we have seen the growth of Jordan Henderson, a young player who now demands the ball, instructs others to be in position and has the makings of a Steven Gerrard replacement of sorts. Charlie Adam also had one of his better games setting up two of the goals. Entering into Tuesdays game I must admit that I worried whether Adam could be trusted defensively, the inclusion of Jay Spearing allows Adam to play higher up the field where he is more comfortable as an attacking midfielder. A lot of work and discipline is yet needed on the defensive side of his game if indeed he is to be played in a more central role the rest of the season.

The post big game let down wa avoided and Andy Carroll once again put in a fine performance. I must confess to being a fan of the big striker and would love to see him improve and make his stay at Anfield a success. Liverpool’s current form is quite encouraging and there’s also the return some boy called Suarez next week. To quote @liam_tomkins “If Suarez can’t pick the lock, and Carroll can’t smash the door down, Bellamy will be on hand to race around the back and let us in”. That’s a front three, if playing to their full potential can create problems for any team.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 01 Hennessey
  • 11 Ward
  • 14 Johnson
  • 16 Berra
  • 32 Foley
  • 04 Edwards Booked
  • 07 Kightly (Hunt – 62′ )
  • 15 Frimpong (Milijas – 84′ )
  • 17 Jarvis
  • 22 Jonsson (Ebanks-Blake – 62′ )
  • 10 Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 31 De Vries
  • 03 Elokobi
  • 05 Stearman
  • 12 Hunt
  • 20 Milijas
  • 09 Ebanks-Blake
  • 29 Doyle

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 7
  • 02 Johnson – 7
  • 03 Jose Enrique – 7
  • 05 Agger – 8 (yellow card) (Carragher – 81′)*
  • 37 Skrtel – 7
  • 14 Henderson – 8
  • 20 Spearing – 7
  • 26 Adam – 7 (yellow card) (Shelvey – 81′)*
  • 09 Carroll – 8
  • 18 Kuyt – 7(Aurelio – 90′ )*
  • 39 Bellamy – 8  (yellow card)

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni
  • 06 Aurelio
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 34 Kelly
  • 19 Downing
  • 33 Shelvey
.                                             Match Statistics

Possession                  42%                                  58%

Shots on Target             1                                      14

Corners                          5                                       4

Fouls                              6                                       8

Referee: Taylor
Attendance: 27,447

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One thought on “Wolves 0-3 Liverpool | Race for Fourth Place Hots Up |

  1. Compared to last season this is the point where Liverpool really improved and began to make a climb. Hopefully they can do the same this year, and with their improved “starting” position maybe this year they won’t just miss out on the Top 4 slots.

    Suarez has one game remaining I believe, and he will come back with something to prove. A man with his desire to thrive will want to make up for the time he missed as a way to apologize to teammates and fans for an extended absence.

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