Saturday September 24, 2011 Day 6 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Johnson 11’ (o.g.)
  • Suarez 38’
  • Fletcher 49’

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  1. Improved Liverpool beat Wolves

    Improved Liverpool beat Wolves

    Liverpool's convincing first-half display was enough to seal a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Anfield in a thrilling Premier League clash. More

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    • Liverpool
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
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    • 90+3' FULL-TIME: Liverpool hold on! It should have been more convincing, but the Reds deserved the victory despite a spirited effort from Wolves in the second half. That's Liverpool's first win in the Premier League in September for two years!
    • 90+3' Carroll has what seems like an eternity in the box to add the third, but he just cannot quite find the space to get the shot away. It's the last action of the match.
    • 90+2' Liverpool playing these dying moments in the right half of the pitch. Suddenly Jarvis breaks for Wolves, but looking for a free-kick, he's denied by referee Kevin Friend.
    • 90+1' Kuyt tries to cut in from the right and get a shot away, but he's well shadowed by Berra - then Johnson does well to block Gerrard's dangerous low cross from the right.
    • 90' Three minutes of stoppages to play. Can Wolves salvage something from this game yet?
    • 89' Gerrard and Kuyt almost combine to strike on the break - the Liverpool skipper looks full of running and drive - impressive cameo so far.
    • 88' So much space at either end, it's remarkable we've not seen a goal since the 48th minute.
    • 87' Liverpool haven't put this game to bed, but time's running out for Wolves to get anything out of it.
    • 86' GERRARD! It wasn't all that close, but for just a moment it looked as if he'd mark his Anfield return with a trademark dipping half-volley from outside the area. Not quite - this one is a bit high and a bit wide.
    • 85' Throw-in on the left for Wolves, who are moving forward once more. They try to go right, but Guedioura loses the ball in a challenge with Enrique.
    • 84' Doherty does well to cut an attempted Gerrard through-ball for Downing.
    • 83' Guedioura looks to make a name for himself by trying a 25-yard volley. Not today - well over.
    • 82' Wolves also make their final chaneg - Guedioura replaces Hunt.
    • 81' Here it is - Gerrard on to huge applause from Anfield - first home game, remember, for him in some months. It's Suarez who makes way - he had a good game, ended with one goal - might have had a hatful on another day.
    • 80' Fletcher's shot from the edge of the area part-blocked by Carragher, and gathered by Reina. Gerrard substitution not made yet.
    • 79' Gerrard is going to come on for Liverpool to steady the ship in the final 10 minutes.
    • 78' Set piece move doesn't quite come off for Wolves - it ends with a Berra header, but too far out and it ends up comfortably wide of goal.
    • 77' Gerrard spotted warming up once again - there's no cheering now from the Anfield faithful - they're a little bit worried in the crowd.
    • 76' Deflected Enrique cross almost interests Kuyt on the right, but it's heaved away before the Dutchman can get there.
    • 75' The pressure building again - Liverpool have bossed the last five minutes - a slick counter almost ends up with Suarez to finish, but again, Wolves survive.
    • 74' Near post header from Suarez after a one-two with Downing - Johnson does just enough to block.
    • 73' SUAREZ AGAIN! SO CLOSE! His teasing run in the box creates space where there was none - his pass looks set to give Carroll the simplest of finishes, but a lunging block tips the ball just out of Carroll's path!
    • 72' It is nine years since Liverpool failed to win a Premier League match at Anfield after leading by two goals – drawing 2-2 with Birmingham in September 2002. (Infostrada)
    • 71' Dirk Kuyt is coming on - it's Liverpool's first change, and he's replacing Jordan Henderson.
    • 70' LUCAS CLOSE! Suddenly a slick counter from the home side - credit to Carroll, who holds the ball up so well in the area and then lays it back to the Brazilian, whose side-foot effort from outside the area whistles only narrowly past the psot.
    • 69' Adam heaves the ball out after Fletcher is muscled off a header. Still Wolves keep coming - and BERRA GOES CLOSE! High cross from the left, Berra gets to the header before Reina can claim, and nods into the side netting!
    • 68' Nearly something special - O'Hara flicks the ball up before volleying it into the box - a bit of a scramble, but Liverpool survive. It's got very scrappy, though.
    • 67' Kelly misses the ball against Jarvis, who makes a strong run down the left, as he slides in. Yellow card, and a dangerous free-kick from close to the corner flag.
    • 66' Teasing cross in from Ward, and a good header from Jose Enrique to get the ball out of harm's way. Liverpool really need the comfort of a third goal.
    • 65' Wolves win a corner - they're continuing to pose a threat in the second half - much-improved.
    • 64' Enrique sends in a cross, Carroll's header attempt blocked - Henderson tries a volley from the edge of the area when it breaks his way, but doesn't make the necessary connection.
    • 63' Reina with a chance to leather the ball forward. As he so often does, Carroll gets to the header and flicks on towards Suarez. The Uruguayan can't quite get there thsi time.
    • 62' Bellamy warming up on the touchline. Liverpool's attack has looked dangerous but Bellamy made a good impression in the week. Changes coming?
    • 61' O'Hara tries a shot when the ball bounces favourably for a half-volley - but it's uppish and from that distance it sails over the top.
    • 60' Actually, it was a boot in the groin from Skrtel - and Fletcher fell awkwardly too. Painful, but he's back to his feet.
    • 59' O'Hara's deep ball almost picks out Fletcher, but Liverpool clear. Fletcher is down though, clutching his head. Looks to have been hurt going for the ball against Skrtel.
    • 58' Reina has to leave his area to heave a clearance away. Wolves have a throw in an attacking spot on the right hand side.
    • 57' A thrilling, breakneck second half at Anfield. Liverpool have almost been brilliant - but have nothing to show for it. Wolves still in the game, and look capable of scoring themselves.
    • 56' Caroll fouls Doherty, sliding in as he tries to pinch the ball on the Wolves byline. Reckless - and it's yellow.
    • 55' Reina's clearance charged down by Doyle! It could have gone anywhere, and though it's initially safe Wolves recover the ball and work it back into the box through Jarvis, and Doyle is very close to having a chance to level.
    • 54' Chances coming thick and fast, but the only goal comes for the away side. Steven Fletcher scored his fourth goal in his last five Premier League away matches for Wolves. (Infostrada)
    • 53' DOWNING! LIVERPOOL MISSING HUGE CHANCES HERE! Adam led the break, Wolves completely exposed with four attackers taking on two Wolves defenders - Hennessey makes a great save to deny Downing!
    • 52' CARROLL HITS THE POST! Hennessey was nowhere near it, and Downing's cross not put away.
    • 50' All happening in the second half - Liverpool had a chance to shut the door on Wolves - and for the moment they have not taken it.
    • 49' SUAREZ SHOULD SCORE! Not quite sure how he doesn't! Hennessey drops the ball in just the wrong spot under pressure from Carroll, but recovers to make a super point-blank save.
    • 48' FLETCHER SCORES FOR WOLVES! INSTANT REWARD FOR MCCARTHY! Wolves make a bright start - a useful cross from the left not quite cleared by Reina, and Enrique doesn't get rid either - Hunt lays it into the middle for Wolves and Fletcher lashes in. Game on!
    • 47' Doherty for Stearman, Fletcher for Edwards - looks at first glance as if Wolves have changed to a 4-4-2 - they have to attack to get something from this game.
    • 46' The second half begins! Wolves had made a double change.
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    • 45+2' HALF-TIME: Henderson's cross cleared, Lucas lays it off to Carroll, whose shot from the edge of the area is well wide. That's the final action of a half Liverpool ended up dominating.
    • 45+1' SUAREZ SO CLOSE! Downing the creator, causing havoc down the left and then sending in a low cross which is only half-cleared - straight into Suarez's path. He tries a low shot towards the far post, but it rolls wide.
    • 45' Two minutes of stoppages to play at the end of the first half. Mick McCarthy is going to have to be at his most inspirational to coax a result from this clash.
    • 44' All very easy for the Reds - Skrtel moves them forward, Downing and Henderson combine, Kelly surging down the right and Liverpool win a throw in an attacking position.
    • 43' Curiously, though, Wolves have enjoyed 52% of the possession. Cameras on Mick McCarthy suggest he wouldn't find that stat comforting.
    • 42' The free-kick doesn't take Liverpool very far, but they remain in total control of this one.
    • 41' Hunt brings Adam down in clumsy fashion - yellow card for the Wolves man - one of four in this half already.
    • 40' That was Luis Suarez's third Premier League goal of the season and third in last five Premier League matches at Anfield. (Infostrada)
    • 39' A Liverpool old boy, Fernando Torres, has just been red-carded for Chelsea - keep an eye on all the 3pm kick-offs here
    • 38' SUAREZ! GREAT GOAL! Wonderful feet from the Uruguayan, who picks up the ball after a ranging through ball from Enrique. He has to find an angle for a shot, shimmies left, then right, and drills it past Hennessey at the near post. Terrific.
    • 37' Doyle can't hold the ball up, and his afternoon is getting progressively lonelier on his own up front for the visitors.
    • 36' Gerrard running down the touchline, and being applauded and cheered. Not bad when you're only warming up.
    • 35' CHANCE FOR WOLVES! Nice training ground move - Hunt lays it across for Edwards, whose shot is on target before it gets blocked by a melee of bodies in the penalty area.
    • 35' Enrique the latest to foul as the game just starts to get a bit bad tempered. "What foul was that for?" asks Carragher. It's right on the edge of the box for the Reds to defend - too close for a shot?
    • 34' Another yellow - this time for Liverpool's Lucas - no complaints on that one, he was late on Stearman, and he came in from behind.
    • 33' Yellow for Henry - a bit harsh, that one - he held off Skrtel strongly, before being fouled himself. But it's in the book.
    • 32' Wolves string a few passes together, but it ends as O'Hara plays a dummy on the edge of the area. Nobody on his team anywhere near - and Liverpool clear.
    • 31' Downing dangerous on the left - gets to the byline after a classy ball from Enrique, then pings a low ball into the middle for Suarez - he doesn't hit it cleanly, and a decent chance goes begging. But the build-up was impressive.
    • 30' Half an hour in - it's been ten minutes of Wolves, followed by a goal for Liverpool and 20 minutes of home dominance. Can Liverpool grab a second? Can Wolves get some foothold in the game?
    • 29' Downing and Enrique combine well before Suarez puts an outside of the boot pass into the area - not quite what he had in mind, and Hennessey grabs the ball.
    • 28' Hunt has the chance with the set piece, but clatters it into the wall. It bounces back for Henry to try a shot, but that's horrible. Twenty yards over the top.
    • 27' Good run from O'Hara - jinks through a couple of challenges to the edge of the area before Skrtel, who picked up two yellows last weekend, puts the boot in. And he was lucky to avoid another booking for that one.
    • 26' Adam not playing the best ball foward, cedes possession. Wolves move forward, but Stephen Hunt closed out by Enrique on one side. Wolves try the left, and are repelled with equal conviction.
    • 25' Jarvis puts in a cross as Wolves make a rare venture forward - who's there with the flying header to clear? Andy Carroll. He's had a very positive start to this game.
    • 24' Reina's clearances have been sensational today - he's picked out Suarez more than once, and does it again here with a first-time hit as Carragher lays it off.
    • 23' Downing tries a ranging ball for Suarez, but it goes just behind him and out for a throw.
    • 22' CLOSE! The Carroll-Suarez partnership almost comes off - with the Englishman playing provider. He moves down the left as the Uruguayan surges into the box, and his low, whipped cross is only half a yard in front of his team-mate.
    • 21' Suarez and Carroll link well before the play is spread to the right hand side. Kelly happy to be upfield, but this time Wolves clear the danger early.
    • 20' SUAREZ MAGIC! He gets on the end of a route one ball from Reina, controls well, but his back is to goal and he's heading towards the corner flag - no matter - he backheels the ball, nutmegs Johnson, and nearly fashions a scoring chance. Great stuff!
    • 19' Berra penalised as Liverpool try to negotiate a path down the right.
    • 18' Replays show that Adam's shot was likely to go wide without Johnson's intervention - it's going to be an uphill battle from here, you sense.
    • 17' Liverpool benefited from an own goal for the second time this season after Arsenal netted one in their 2-0 home defeat. This is the equal-most any club has benefited from – level with Blackburn this season. (Infostrada)
    • 16' Pressure building at the back for Wolves - Henderson sends in a teasing ball which Downing and Stearman both go for - another corner for the home side.
    • 15' Wolves have been rattled since that opening goal - suddenly it looks like Liverpool's afternoon - noticeably, Carroll has been a handful in the last few minutes as well.
    • 14' CARROLL CLOSE! Free header for the striker as the corner comes in - suicidal from Wolves - but they get away with it as the target man nods straight at Hennessey.
    • 13' If it goes down as an own goal it's Roger Johnson's third career Premier League own goal, and first for Wolves. His last came in Birmingham City’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on New Year’s Day 2011.
    • 12' Adam might want to claim that one rather than it be a Johnson own goal because the midfielder's strike was on target, but the deflection is the reason for the goal. Johnson not thinking straight on that one.
    • 11' GOAL! LIVERPOOL AHEAD! HUGE SLICE OF LUCK FOR ADAM! The midfielder tries a shot from range and Johnson, trying to block with his head, ends up sending it past a stranded Hennessey in goal.
    • 10' Kelly and Suarez swap passes before Henderson tries to free up some space on the right - a good move ends when Kelly tries to play in a low cross and Berra knocks it out for a corner.
    • 9' Liverpool surge straight down to the other end and win a corner as Adam's long-range shot is deflected out. The game is just starting to warm up.
    • 8' FIRST GOOD CHANCE! O'HARA! A slick move featuring Jarvis on the left and a cut-back for O'Hara, but he's at full stretch and Reina in the end makes a comfortable save.
    • 7' Good contest between Jarvis and Kelly down the flank - Jarvis beats him for pace, Kelly beats him for positioning and has the last laugh, forcing him into an impossible position to get a cross in.
    • 6' First signs of life from Liverpool - Suarez on a teasing run down the left, Hennessy clears up in the Wolves goal.
    • 5' O'Hara's effort thunders into the Liverpool wall - and O'Hara picks up a booking as he challenges Carroll for a bouncing ball with his boot high in the air.
    • 4' Another set piece in a dangerous position for the visitors - this time O'Hara might fancy the shot.
    • 3' Reina picks out Henderson with a ranging throw out to halfway, but the momentum is lost. Advantage Wolves so far.
    • 3' Half a chance - Ward with the header from the set piece, glanced wide of goal on this occasion.
    • 2' First moments see Wolves on the front foot. Free-kick which O'Hara will whip in to the box.
    • 1' Play begins at Anfield!
    • 14:59 Final team huddle from the visitors from Wolves - they'll have kick-off.
    • 14:58 Manager Kenny Dalglish has lost consecutive Premier League matches on two occasions since he returned as Liverpool manager – the same number of back-to-back defeat suffered by his predecessor Roy Hodgson. Hodgson never lost three PL matches in a row as Liverpool manager. (Infostrada)
    • 14:57 Players out on the field - hands being shaken, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' belting out...
    • 14:56 Today's referee is Kevin Friend.
    • 14:55 Kick-off fast approaching. "Am not very convinced with this lineup," says Reds Rock!" henderson and­ carroll have been far from impressive while kuyt and­ bellamy are showing they need to start, lets hope it­ goes well this time"
    • 14:50 Match odds: They're level on points, but there's a clear favourite with the bookmakers. Liverpool are around 2/5 on to win this one, with Wolves a 9/1 shot, and the draw at 4/1.
    • 14:50 Match stats: Wolves have scored just two goals in the six Premier League meetings with Liverpool. If Wolves avoid defeat, it will be their longest unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League at five games on the road without a loss.
    • 14:50 Match stats: Since losing to Wolves at Anfield in December, Liverpool have lost just one of 12 Premier League home matches (W8 D3 L1).
    • 14:45 A reminder - live pictures of today's action can be found here in the Premier League gallery
    • 14:45 "put gerrard on 1st half game...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!", says Fakrol Ezwan in the comments section. That's a long shot, Fakrol! But it will be interesting to see how long Gerrard gets - he had 20 minutes in the Carling Cup in midweek and came through OK, but Kenny Dalglish insists there is no rush on his return.
    • 14:40 Mick McCarthy: "I've enjoyed competing against people with far greater resources all through my career as a player and a manager. We'll go up there and try to upset the applecart and keep being a thorn in everyone's side if we can. Winning at Anfield (last season) was one of our best results of the season - never mind just away from home."
    • 14:40 Dalglish on Carroll: Kenny Dalglish: "Andy (Carroll) is a professional footballer who understands what goes on in football," said the Reds boss. "He worked really hard at Tottenham. It was a bad performance and a bad day for us. We don't have a team, we have a squad. There will be times when someone will play and others won't. Sometimes you'll be lucky and sometimes you'll be unlucky. But the football club is more important than one individual - including myself."
    • 14:40 Liverpool and Wolves both in the top half of the table going into day's match, level on seven points from their opening five games. If results go their way, one of these sides could end the day as high as third - or as low as 17th... Latest standings
    • 14:35 The first Premier League clash of the day has just come to an end - Manchester City have overcome a determined Everton, and everyone's favourite sulky Italian scored. Read about it here!
    • 14:30 Get involved and let me know your thoughts on the game! Either leave a comment below or tweet me: @markjpatterson
    • 14:25 So Dalglish keeps his word and eases Gerrard back into first-team action - he starts on the bench. Looks as if Liverpool will be 4-4-2 with Carroll and Suarez up front. For Wolves a couple of changes from the team that lost to QPR last weekend - Elokobi drops to the bench, Kightly misses out altogether - in comes Stephen Hunt and David Edwards.
    • 14:20 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Carroll, Suarez Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Flanagan, Bellamy /// WOLVES: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Henry, Hunt, Edwards, O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Fletcher, Hammill, Milijas, Guedioura, Doherty
    • 14:20 Both sides in need of a win today - Liverpool and Wolves both had good starts to the season, but come into the game on the back of successive losses in the Premier League.
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE text commentary from Liverpool's Premier League clash with Wolves at Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' Carroll has what seems like an eternity in the box to add the third, but he just cannot quite find the space to get the shot away. It's the last action of the match.
    • 86' GERRARD! It wasn't all that close, but for just a moment it looked as if he'd mark his Anfield return with a trademark dipping half-volley from outside the area. Not quite - this one is a bit high and a bit wide.
    • 73' SUAREZ AGAIN! SO CLOSE! His teasing run in the box creates space where there was none - his pass looks set to give Carroll the simplest of finishes, but a lunging block tips the ball just out of Carroll's path!
    • 70' LUCAS CLOSE! Suddenly a slick counter from the home side - credit to Carroll, who holds the ball up so well in the area and then lays it back to the Brazilian, whose side-foot effort from outside the area whistles only narrowly past the psot.
    • 69' Adam heaves the ball out after Fletcher is muscled off a header. Still Wolves keep coming - and BERRA GOES CLOSE! High cross from the left, Berra gets to the header before Reina can claim, and nods into the side netting!
    • 53' DOWNING! LIVERPOOL MISSING HUGE CHANCES HERE! Adam led the break, Wolves completely exposed with four attackers taking on two Wolves defenders - Hennessey makes a great save to deny Downing!
    • 52' CARROLL HITS THE POST! Hennessey was nowhere near it, and Downing's cross not put away.
    • 49' SUAREZ SHOULD SCORE! Not quite sure how he doesn't! Hennessey drops the ball in just the wrong spot under pressure from Carroll, but recovers to make a super point-blank save.
    • 48' FLETCHER SCORES FOR WOLVES! INSTANT REWARD FOR MCCARTHY! Wolves make a bright start - a useful cross from the left not quite cleared by Reina, and Enrique doesn't get rid either - Hunt lays it into the middle for Wolves and Fletcher lashes in. Game on!
    • 45+1' SUAREZ SO CLOSE! Downing the creator, causing havoc down the left and then sending in a low cross which is only half-cleared - straight into Suarez's path. He tries a low shot towards the far post, but it rolls wide.
    • 38' SUAREZ! GREAT GOAL! Wonderful feet from the Uruguayan, who picks up the ball after a ranging through ball from Enrique. He has to find an angle for a shot, shimmies left, then right, and drills it past Hennessey at the near post. Terrific.
    • 35' CHANCE FOR WOLVES! Nice training ground move - Hunt lays it across for Edwards, whose shot is on target before it gets blocked by a melee of bodies in the penalty area.
    • 22' CLOSE! The Carroll-Suarez partnership almost comes off - with the Englishman playing provider. He moves down the left as the Uruguayan surges into the box, and his low, whipped cross is only half a yard in front of his team-mate.
    • 20' SUAREZ MAGIC! He gets on the end of a route one ball from Reina, controls well, but his back is to goal and he's heading towards the corner flag - no matter - he backheels the ball, nutmegs Johnson, and nearly fashions a scoring chance. Great stuff!
    • 14' CARROLL CLOSE! Free header for the striker as the corner comes in - suicidal from Wolves - but they get away with it as the target man nods straight at Hennessey.
    • 11' GOAL! LIVERPOOL AHEAD! HUGE SLICE OF LUCK FOR ADAM! The midfielder tries a shot from range and Johnson, trying to block with his head, ends up sending it past a stranded Hennessey in goal.
    • 8' FIRST GOOD CHANCE! O'HARA! A slick move featuring Jarvis on the left and a cut-back for O'Hara, but he's at full stretch and Reina in the end makes a comfortable save.
    • 14:20 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Carroll, Suarez Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Flanagan, Bellamy /// WOLVES: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Henry, Hunt, Edwards, O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Fletcher, Hammill, Milijas, Guedioura, Doherty

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