Comeback kings Liverpool beat Wolves to extend unbeaten run

16 Sep 2023
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Strikes from Gakpo and Robertson plus an own goal give Reds a 3-1 win at Molineux

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Liverpool came from behind to win for the third time in their five Premier League matches so far this season, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at Molineux and spending a few hours at the top of the table.

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How the match unfolded

The scoreline didn't tell the whole story of the match as Liverpool were poor in the first half and deservedly went 1-0 down in the seventh minute.

Pedro Neto produced a wonderful piece of skill on the left to ease past Joel Matip before putting in a low cross for Hwang Hee-chan, who scored his third goal of the season, while Neto registered his fourth assist. 

Neto was Wolves’ most dangerous player in the first half and should have got another assist when he delivered an inch-perfect cross for the unmarked Matheus Cunha, who somehow failed to head into the gaping net at close range.

Wolves were made to rue their missed chances.

Liverpool served warning of their intentions just before half-time as Jose Sa fumbled Andrew Robertson’s cross and the ball broke to Mohamed Salah, whose shot was brilliantly blocked by Rayan Ait-Nouri before Sa saved Dominik Szoboszlai’s follow-up. 

The Reds then equalised in the 55th minute when Cody Gakpo tapped in at the far post for his first league goal of the season. Salah's cross was the Egyptian's 200th Premier League goal involvement for Liverpool.

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The visitors went close when substitutes Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez combined cleverly inside the box, with the latter being thwarted by Sa.

And the turnaround was completed five minutes from time when Robertson, captaining the side in his 200th league match for the club, ran on to another Salah cross to finish past Sa. It was Robertson's first goal since May 2022, with that strike also coming against Wolves.

In stoppage time, Salah played the ball across to Harvey Elliott, whose shot from the edge of the box deflected off Hugo Bueno and went in off the post for an own goal.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in 16 league matches, winning the last four, and sit third in the table after Manchester City beat West Ham United to reclaim top spot later in the day.

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