Substitute Divock Origi scored
an injury-time time winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers to send Liverpool
top of the Premier League on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s men missed a host of chances
to take the lead and just when it seemed they will prove costly, Origi latched
onto Mohamed Salah’s cutback to emphatically drill home in front of the frantic
The win takes Liverpool above Chelsea, who
lost 3-2 at West Ham for their first away loss of the season earlier today. The
Reds can, however, end the day in second place if Manchester City beat Watford in
the late kick-off.
The defeat was heartbreaking for Bruno Lage’s
men, who were staunch in defence for much of the game and 60 seconds away from
becoming the first team to stop Liverpool from scoring this season.
One of the most potent attacks in Europe,
Liverpool had scored 43 times in 14 games before today, averaging over three
per game and having netted 14 times in their last four matches. But it seemed
they would be denied for the first time since a goalless draw with Real Madrid in
In the first half, former Wolves forward Diogo
Jota narrowly headed wide a Trent Alexander Arnold cross from deep before
Romain Saiss’ superb sliding tackle denied a tap-in for Salah.
The Reds maintained their dominance in the
second half, with Thiago’s effort denied by Raul Jiminez and goalkeeper Jose Sa.
But the biggest chance fell to Jota around
the hour-mark, as a mix-up between Sa and Saiss led to the keeper being stranded
near the right corner flag, with the Portuguese running clear on goal. However,
with an empty goal being guarded only by two defenders, Jota fired his shot
into Connor Coady.
Mane also fired wide when a loose ball from
a corner fell kindly in his path and it seemed Liverpool will have to be
content with a point.
But in injury time, Salah broke free on the
right flank and found Origi with his cutback, with the Belgian making no mistake to bury his fourth goal of the season.