By Dominic Hogan For Mailonline
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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest from Molineux as Wolves host Liverpool in the Premier League.
Liverpool look flustered at the back after Neto somehow keeps a ball in play on the left on the slide.
Gomez has been all at sea at the back up against Neto, and the it doesn’t help that the winger is having one of the game’s of his life.
Liverpool eventually get the ball clear and build an attack through Salah and Gomez on the right.
The defender eventually swings a cross in for Gakpo, but the header is just a little too loopy and flies over.
Another chance for Wolves
Bellegarde and Neto combine for what feels like the 20th time already on the counter, with the Portugal winger flying onto it out on the left and finding the midfielder once again on the edge of the box.
It’s a poor first touch, and he goes for the shot but Szoboszlai does really well to block.
Wolves finishing this half as they started the first so it seems.
Good chance for Gakpo
Jota does well again – he’s warming into this one – and puts a ball in towards the penalty spot where Gakpo is waiting.
He’s only had about eight touches so far, and his ninth is the worst of the lot.
He goes to place it into the bottom corner, but gets it horribly wrong.
A difficult finish to attempt, to be fair.
Should be two
Neto does absolutely brilliantly to nutmeg Gomez and trevola a cross into the middle of the box for an unmarked Cunha.
But the Brazilian jumps even though the ball is coming in at head height, and manages to miss the flight of it completely, allowing it to crash into his thigh and into Alisson’s hands.
He had nobody around him and was six yards out – just head it! Impossible to miss.
O’Neil is fuming – he knows that 1-0 up is not a safe result against this Liverpool side
Biggest cheer of the day
Great work from Jota as he wriggles through three or four challenges before Gomes puts in a crunching tackle that yields a bigger cheer than Hwang’s goal did.
Well off target from Dawson
Viciously whipped in for Dawson, but he can’t get it on target.
He absolutely stormed onto that one, and clatters into the post for his troubles.
Salah is quickly on his bike to take down a long ball, but Sa clears up the danger.
Corner to Wolves
Another three-on-two with Bellegarde and Neto yields a corner.
Bellegarde again running through the midfield with so little pressure on him.
End to end now
Corner to Liverpool now, after Jota actually does really ell out on the left after a slide rule pass in behind the defence.
He flashes a delicious ball in but Gakpo is nowhere to be seen.
Ait-Nouri clipped it behind for the corner, which Dawson clears for Neto, who is on the charge, but Szoboszlai busts several guts to get all the way back and help out inside his box.
Szoboszlai clips it in towards the right hand side of the box, but the defence clear their lines with ease.
Ait-Nouri again in there making a nuisance of himself – he’s been brilliant so far today, especially quelling the threat of Salah.
Gomez gets a cross in with little conviction – Liverpool look a little short of ideas here.
A rare free kick for the Reds
They’re winning the midfield battles, so Liverpool have to go wide, where their two options are Salah, who is swarmed by three shirts every time he even looks at the ball, and Jota, who is given the classic returning player treatment from the fans.
Liverpool do have a very central free kick about 35 yards from goal to do something with now.
Midfield problems evident for Liverpool
It’s natural that rebuilding an entire midfield is going to have teething issues, and that’s very evident out there today.
The Reds are losing all the midfield battles and look very disjointed.
It will come with time playing together, but there are just so many gaps in there for Wolves to carve clean through.
Very little rhythm for the visitors in attack.
Chance again for Wolves
Every time Jota gets the ball there’s a chorus of boos.
It’s seeming to do the trick as he loses the ball and suddenly Wolves are back on the break.
Bellegarde and Neto once again combine with their progressive play, and Neto’s shot from the edge of the box curls just wide of the post.
The phrase ‘like a hot knife through butter’ springs to mind.
Few more Liverpool touches on the ball
It’s been a pretty breathless start so far here, but Liverpool are just starting to get a few more touches on the ball.
They’re yet to really trouble the hosts, but a few more touches will settle some nerves in those red shirts.
e certainly done their job in starting fast today, can they continue the torrent?
A first shot of the game for the Reds
Liverpool just haven’t been able to get going this afternoon and it’s all down to the brilliance of Wolves.
Ait-Nouri and Neto in particular have been very sharp.
Salah does well to wriggle free and get a cross into the box, and Jota gets on the end of it with three players around him.
He won’t want to see a replay of that, though. Way back in Row Z.
Brilliant pressure from Wolves
Wolves have started so brightly.
Semedo does fantastically on the right, swinging an early ball into Neto but Gomez just gets a touch on it to force Neto’s shot over the bar.
Liverpool aren’t clearing their lines at the moment and Wolves can keep the pressure on.
GOAL! Wolves 1-0 Liverpool
Hwang Hee-chan gets Wolves ahead!
Well you can’t say it is against the run of play – Wolves have been flying early on in this one.
It’s all down to the work of Pedro Neto who drives through half the Liverpool team before a brilliant change of speed takes him away from Szoboszlai.
He reaches the byline and cuts back for Hwang in the box, who finishes well from an angle.
What a start for the hosts!
An early booking for Mac Allister after Cunha gets a little tug in the shirt from the Argentine near the edge of the box.
It’s minimal contact, but there is a tug there and now Wolves have a dangerous opportunity…
… which they can’t take advantage of as Liverpool clear the set-piece.
Early corner to Wolves
Plenty for Wolves fans to cheer about already!
New man Bellegarde drives at Gomez and Matip and manages to win a very early corner for the hosts!
Liverpool flick it clear, before winning a goal kick
The moment’s silence is respectfully recognised, before the referee’s whistle is met with a huge roar that splits the ears.
There’ll be a moment’s silence to makr the tragic events in Morocco and Libya, that have seen thousands lose their lives.
Two minutes to go!
With Van Dijk and Alexander-Arnold out, Robertson leads the Reds out to take on the hosts.
Nunez and Dias come out with the right back, as Jota returns to his old club alongside Gakpo and Quansah at the back.
Man City loanee Tommy Doyle is on the bench for the first time for Wolves, with the hosts making two changes on the pitch.
It’s been a very long two weeks, but the Premier League is back now.
Well, it will be in two minutes.
The Wolves fans are up for this one, if the cries of ‘Hi-Ho Wolverhampton’ are anything to go by…
Last minute predictions
Some last minute predictions?
What do we think is going to unfold out there today?
Liverpool struggle to win lunchtime games, but they’ve beaten Wolves 12 times in their last 13 games in the league.
To throw another spanner in the works, though, Wolves have only scored 12 in their last 23 against Liverpool in the Premier League.
Will they buck the trend today, with Liverpool lacking Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk, or will it be more of the same for the Reds?
We’re about to find out – they’re on the way out from the tunnel.
Memorable day for one youngster
He might not be in the side but he’s certainly making an impression on one young Wolves fan…
The secret for Wolves today
Liverpool are obviously the favourites going into this one – as they are against almost any team in the league.
But how do Wolves win? Well, the obvious answer is goals obviously, but they also need to try and keep the goals out their own net.
The stats show that Wolves only actually won twice in their last 37 games in which they’ve conceded at least one.goal.
In their last 14 games when they’ve conceded, Wolves have lost every one of them.
One of Liverpool’s new signings to make a good impression already is Alexis Mac Allister.
The Argentine lifted the World Cup and got Brighton into Europe for the first time, but claims Klopp’s ‘desire’ to take him to Anfield proved decisive in his move.
For more on what Mac Allister had to say about his summer switch, check out the story below.
O’Neil staying optimistic
Gary O’Neil has been talking about what it’s like taking over on the cusp of the first game of the campaign.
Remember, Julen Loptegui left the club three days before the start of the season, leaving O’Neil with little enough time to get going.
He seems optimistic about his side’s ability to test the backline today with the visitors missing ‘Trent and Virg’.
He makes a good point, though. If you’re going to take on Liverpool, it might as well be without two of their biggest stars.
Salah competing in a league of his own
But despite all the talk, Salah has shown that he’s been able to ccast it all aside and focus on his own game.
He’s now on a run of 10 consecutive goal contributions after his exploits last time out.
The last player to do that for Liverpool was… well … Salah.
His last run – between August and December 2021 – lasted 15 games – will he make it 11 today?
There was a lot of speculation about Salah’s future at Liverpool at the tail end of the transfer window.
But Klopp was quick to shut down any talk of a January exit to Al-Ittihad yesterday – and even pointed out there’s still four months or so to go until talk really needs to pick up once more about his talisman’s future.
Read more on what the German had to say below.
Horror show form Crouchy
It’s a huge day for Quansah – but maybe one to forget so far for TNT Sport’s Peter Crouch.
He may have been a world class striker in his day, but Crouchy hasn’t given the best account of himself there in the crossbar challenge…
Big day for Jarell Quansah
Wolves’ poor home record against Liverpool
So we mentioned that Wolves managed to pull off an impressive 3-0 win last time these two met at Molineux.
That was actually the end of a long and arduous run of six home losses on the trot, but it’s been an even longer wait for consecutive wins over the Reds at home.
The last time Wolves managed back-to-back victories was between February 1980 and August 1981, when they managed a trio of wins.
Will we see a big shock tonday?
So Darwin Nunez drops to the bench for the lunchtime kick-off.
There’s one former Reds legend though who can tell you that a tough start at Anfield is not the be all and end all of a Liverpool career.
Peter Crouch told Mail Sport that he sees plenty of similarities between himself and the young Uruguayan.
Two changes for the hosts, three for Liverpool
So two changes for the hosts, who bring in Bellegarde and Hwang after a defeat to Palace last time out.
For Liverpool Gravenberch starts on the bench, with Mac Allister starting despite playing in the high altitude of La Paz in midweek.
Trent comes out with injury for Quansah at the back, while Diaz and Nunez are replaced by Jota and Gakpo
A fifth meeting already in 2023
We’ll find out who’s lining up in just a sec for these teams, who have had more than their fair look at one another in 2023.
Four times they’ve met already, having been forced to play a replay in January and meeting twice more in the league.
Liverpool edge the head-to-head in that spell with two wins and a draw, but Wolves did pull off a 3-0 mauling of their own at Molineux… which is where this one will be played today.
The Reds have however dominated the last 11 meetings, winning nine including a a run of seven victories on the bounce.
He could get his debut today – we’ll find out in less than 10 minutes – but Ryan Gravenberch has already amde a splash at Liverpool.
Since his £35m move from Bayern Munich on deadline day, the midfielder rejected the chance to represent the Dutch U21s in the international break.
Klopp mentioned in his presser yesterday that it allowed the youngster to get to grips with his new home, but the Dutch management weren’t best pleased with the call from Gravenberch…
The 12.30pm game has been… trying for Liverpool fans over the last 12 months, shall we say?
Jurgen Klopp didn’t particularly warm to questioning about his side’s form in the early kick-off last term.
The Reds failed to win any of their six lunchtime games on a Saturday in 2022-23 (three draws, three losses) and will be looking to break that streak today.
Read below for more on that below
It’s match day!
Good morning everyone and welcome today’s coverage of Wolves vs Liverpool from Molineux.
The international break always seems a little longer than two weeks doesn’t it? But we’re back with a bang as these two square off in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
We’ve got plenty to bring you for this one, so stick with us til 12.30 as we build up to the Premier League’s return fixture.