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Wolves player ratings vs Liverpool as Origi nets late winner

Divock Origi’s 94th minute goal saw Liverpool defeat gutsy Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Bruno Lage’s team matched title contenders Liverpool for 90 minutes before Origi – who was pursued by Wolves two years ago – fired home the winner.

As expected, Wolves were forced to spend most of the first half inside their own final third as Liverpool pressed and probed.

The Reds – who are the Premier League’s most prolific team by a country mile – struggled to penetrate Wolves for the most part.

Trent Alexander-Arnold had the first meaningful chance after being found superbly by Thiago’s exquisite lobbed pass, but the right-back’s volley flew into the South Bank.

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Alexander-Arnold, statistically the league’s most creative outlet, then put one on a plate for Diogo Jota, only for the ex-Wolves man to head wide at the far post.

Liverpool were moving through the gears and Mohamed Salah spurned a golden chance shortly before the half-time whistle.

Jota played a pivotal role in setting up the chance by dropping deep and threading a ball through to Andy Robertson on the left. Robertson fired a ball across goal and Salah was primed to tap in, but the Premier League’s top scorer somehow failed to connect.

First half chances were in short supply for Wolves, who failed to test Allison, but they carried a threat on the counter-attack.

Adama Traore wasn’t far away from connecting with Rayan Ait-Nouri’s left wing cross moments before half-time.

Wolves player ratings vs Liverpool as Origi nets late winner
Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers evades a tackle from Alisson Becker of Liverpool

Traore tends to cause Liverpool problems and he chased a hopeful long ball down to dispossess Virgil van Dijk near the corner flog. The Wolves winger spun back inside and set up Hwang Hee-chan, who dallied on the ball and lost it when he should have looked to test Alisson first time.

The game quickly resumed its first half pattern of Liverpool dominance. A combination of Raul Jimenez and Jose Sa blocked efforts from Thiago inside Wolves’ six-yard box after the Liverpool midfielder had been found by Salah’s mishit shot.

Now for the most incredible piece of goalkeeping – by Wolves defender Conor Coady.

Jose Sa raced out of his goal and ended up taking out his own teammate, Romain Saiss, leaving Jota bearing down on an empty goal.

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Coady and Max Kilman filled the goal-line and, somehow – and nobody knows how – the Wolves captain managed to block Jota’s shot.

Kilman produced his own piece of brilliant defending to stretch and divert substitute Origi’s goal-bound effort behind for a corner with five minutes to go.

From the resulting corner, the ball fell kindly to Sadio Mane but Sa was on hand to produce yet another sublime stop.

Liverpool still had one more trick up their sleeve though. Salah dashed down the right and pulled the ball back for Origi, who held off his marker and fired a shot past Sa.

The Wolves players dropped to their knees as Origi wheeled away in the 94th minute at Molineux. A defeat that Lage’s men didn’t deserve.

Jose Sa 9

He made a superb stop from Thiago from close range and showed bravery to throw himself at Mane’s feet midway through the second half.

The Wolves number one produced another stop to spectacularly deny Mane after the ball fell to the Senegalese eight yards from goal.

Sa stood little chance as Origi turned and buried him in stoppage time to break Wolves hearts.

Max Kilman 9

Stunning piece of defending to dispossess Mane out wide prompted ‘Kilman for England’ chants from the South Bank in the first half.

The centre-back is in imperious form at present and matched the composure of the best defender in the world at the other end.

Wolves player ratings vs Liverpool as Origi nets late winner
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Max Kilman clears the ball ahead of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane

Conor Coady 9

Coady produced the best piece of defending/goalkeeping you will see this season to deny Jota another goal against Wolves.

It looked as though the captain’s day would end in the first half after going down with injury, but he recovered to produce his best performance of the season.

Romain Saiss 7

It’s difficult to criticise a defender who has just helped his team frustrate the best attack in the country, but Saiss was fortunate not to cost Wolves on numerous occasions.

He tried to dribble out of defence twice in the first half and lost the ball in dangerous positions, only to be bailed out by his teammates.

Saiss did, however, throw himself in where it hurts in a display which oozed commitment, if not a lot of quality.

Nelson Semedo 6

Semedo was guilty of giving the ball away cheaply at times and needed to be bailed out by Kilman as Mane darted past him.

Wolves player ratings vs Liverpool as Origi nets late winner
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Nelson Semedo (left) and Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson battle for the ball

Ruben Neves 8

Neves was brought back into the team to provide fresh legs and he worked his socks off. He stuck with Liverpool’s runners and ensured their midfielders had very little influence on the game.

His tackle on Jota in the opening exchanges also drew huge cheers from the home crowd.

Leander Dendoncker 8

Battled alongside Neves in midfield to protect Wolves’ three centre-backs. Dendoncker’s physicality was required and he didn’t let Lage down.

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Rayan Ait-Nouri 9

You’d be pushed to find a better defensive performance from Ait-Nouri in his Wolves career.

His attacking influence was minimal, but that’s to be expected when Salah is lurking at the other end.

Ait-Nouri handled the Egyptian superbly and received an enormous round of applause after being replaced by Hoever in stoppage time.

Adama Traore 8

Traore was Wolves’ biggest threat, as we expected with Lage setting his team up to play on the counter-attack.

The Spaniard was a thorn in Liverpool’s side and two Reds players were booked for fouling him in the second half.

Wolves player ratings vs Liverpool as Origi nets late winner
Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers is challenged by Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool

Raul Jimenez 7

Jimenez chased down every lost cause and held the ball up reasonably well, despite limited support at times. He also contributed defensively with a good block to keep Thiago out.

Hwang Hee-chan 6.5

The South Korean’s goal drought extended to six games, but he was left to feed off scraps in fairness. Hwang failed to pull the trigger after being teed up by Traore early in the second half and lost possession.

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Joao Moutinho (for Hwang, 79) 6

Helped consolidate in midfield after being benched for the first time in the league.

Francisco Trincao (for Traore, 88) N/A

Barely had a kick in a short cameo.

Ki-Jana Hoever (for Ait-Nouri, 90’) N/A

Had to play Jimenez into the corner moments before Origi’s winner.

Not used: Ruddy, Bueno, Cundle, Campbell, Silva, Podence

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