Diogo Jota’s strike on his return to Wolves helped Liverpool return to winning ways in the Premier League but the game was marred by a horrific injury to Rui Patricio late on.
The Wolves goalkeeper collided with defender Conor Coady while trying to prevent Mo Salah scoring – though the effort was ruled out for offside anyway – and needed over ten minutes of treatment before being carried off on a stretcher. After the game, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo offered a positive update, saying the Portuguese international was “okay and conscious”.
Jota, who moved to Anfield in a deal worth £45million last summer, scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time after sharp link up with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.
Victory lifted the champions to sixth in the Premier League table but still five points behind Chelsea in the race for the top four. Wolves missed the chance to climb to 11th, with Ruben Neves and Coady wasting their best chances.
After six defeats in their last seven league games Liverpool were desperate for a win. Their only victory in that wretched run had come at rock bottom Sheffield United.