Liverpool 2-0 Wolves

Premier League
Saturday 26 December 2009 - 5:30 pm
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Gerrard puts the reds in to the lead (Photo from fOTOGLIF)

Wolves travelled to Liverpool today, possibly in search of three points – but the Reds stood strong and clinched the win.

After defeat at Portsmouth, a win for Liverpool would be essential in the race for fourth – and for the most part Liverpool were the dominant force, with Wolves barely having a shot on goal all game.

Liverpool started well, hogging possession and making the visitors work for the ball. Almost immediately, Liverpool won a free-kick 25-yards out but Gerrard shot straight at the ‘keeper.

The game progressed with the Reds comfortably on top, but yet again there was absolutely nothing to show for it. For all Liverpool’s possession there were very few shots, and you could tell confidence was low by the players’ reluctance to shoot whenever they had space.

A relatively uneventful first-half ended as it started – with Liverpool dominating, but doing nothing with the ball.

An improved Liverpool side emerged in the second-half, with much more movement off the ball – and it almost paid dividends immediately when Aquilani found Benayoun unmarked in the Wolves box. But the Israeli miscontrolled it, and Wolves managed to clear.

Eventually the Reds found the net when Emiliano Insua crossed for Steven Gerrard, and the Liverpool captain headed the ball home into the top-right corner.

The Reds then doubled their lead after five minutes when Yossi Benayoun went on one of his trademark mazy runs through the visitors’ defence. The little Israeli shot, and the ball was deflected into the net.

With confidence seemingly restored for the time being, and the game looking to be all but won, Pacheco entered the fray and didn’t look out of place for a second. The little Spaniard found Torres in the box with two superb passes, but El Nino appeared to be having an off-day – and didn’t control either of them.

It was a game where Liverpool were also missing Mascherano, but you’d never have noticed – Wolves lacked any real attacking threat, and despite having an attempt tipped over the bar by Reina, they didn’t look as though they could score if they were playing all winter.

Order restored for the time being then? It looks that way.

4 comments on
Liverpool 2-0 Wolves

  1. its my first forum so i try and get to point im really fed up about the press and some fans getting on rafas back cant evrybody see its the players its about time the other reds were handed out some punishment never mind dropping them on the bench there still getting very well paid to have the privilige to play for lfc if they wanna play then try harder if you dont then they shouldnt get paid then when they go home and get a ear bashing from the missus they would listen to her because its plain to see they not listening to the bossits not cause the great xabi has sadly gone we still got the backbone of the team of last year so im reaching out to any of those players to email me if they dare and try and give me there account on why they dont seem to want to give every last drop of sweat and to give there all for lfc

  2. Ok we won but let’s all not be fooled…. Before the sending off we were heading for another draw or worse and wolves had the better chances in the first half in my opinion.

    At this point , with all our players back we only seem capable of playing one good half of football per game and thatt’s not good enough for any club at this level.

    Our defense minus carra + reina are abysmal at simple defensive exercise and clearance and continually panic whenever a ball comes close .

    In midfield we are loosing controle of games because this season mascherano ( up untill the last 4games) has been poor , Kuyt has gone back to running in circles and loosing the ball and gerrard ( or lack there of ) has been non existent ,both before and after injury.

    And then in attack, well NGog has put in an admirable effort in the absence of torres but should never have been expected to fill in totally but since the big mans returne somthing has been lacking and he has chosen to moan and sulk rather than get stuck in ( this has to be due to his injury) and oh how we could have done with another quality 20mil + striker.

    The seccond half effort from the lads was enough to put an avarage 10man wolves side to bed who should never have caused us any problems in the first place but with Villa away comming up the lads are going to have to learn to put in two 45min shifts if we are to come back with anything more than 0 points for our efforts.

    In short wake up Rafa and Wake up redmen !!!

  3. pacheo continues to impress again,put him up the pecking order please. a good result but wolves unlucky with that red card. torres continually roughed up. he deserved a goal

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