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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Wolves 1-2 Liverpool

Bloody hell, we won't play too many games as intense and tight as that this season. Somehow the lads found a way to get all three points again.


Wolves haven't given us a single easy game since they got promoted but this season they've gone up a level again. Primarily due to the presence of Adama Traore.


The young winger bullied Andy Robertson all night, who'll have bruises after the match, both physical and emotional. He'll likely never have a harder game but he'll learn by the time we see him again.


But Wolves are a top side, besides Traore. They worked hard, looked dangerous and played like an established Premier League team.


After going a goal ahead, Liverpool had the chances (mainly through Mo Salah) to go further in front. But Wolves kept going, before eventually getting the equaliser.


As we've all said before though, you can't write off this team. Ever. And so it was written in the stars that we'd score again, this time with Bobby Firmino who grabbed the winner late on. 2-1.


Alisson - Like on Sunday, he made some good saves. Nothing out of the ordinary but he was where he needed to be, when we needed him. Best in the world, and he showed why once again tonight. 8


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Had a tough night. Wasn't given half the time or space he normally gets in the opposition half. But defended better, and he and Gomez always looked in control (one incident aside) throughout down the right side. 6


Joe Gomez - Appears to have recaptured his immense form from the start of last season. Was imperious tonight, showing great turns of pace on several occasions to save his team mates, after a series of mistakes. Always in control. Great to watch, particularly that last foot race with Traore, where he came out on top. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - Wasn't all that troubled but did slip at one point and let Traore in. Wasn't responsible for Jimenez's goal, it was more a collective switching off. Spent a lot of his night shouting at those around him. 7


Andy Robertson - Wow. A rough night for the Scottish left back. He won't have many more games as bad as that this season, but it was a future top class winger he was up against, who has troubled more experienced players than him this season. The less said, the better. 5


Jordan Henderson - Another match, another MOTM award. Brilliant from the captain, and scored the opening goal with a header (although it was sort of off his shoulder as well). Seemed to revel in the heat of battle that was taking place against the likes of Neves and Moutinho. He and Wijnaldum looked to be enjoying themselves, even if there was a bit of panic around them at times. 9 Man of the Match


Gini Wijnaldum - How much ground did he cover tonight? Does counting even go that high? By 60 minutes he looked tired, but by the 90th he was chasing lose pass-backs to the Wolves keeper. He ran tirelessly, covered every part of the pitch and was still finding time to double up with Andy Robertson late on. 8


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Much like Sunday, the pace of the game was a bit much for him at times, and was passing him by a lot. A pearl of a ball in to Mane in the first half, that should've end in a goal was a highlight. His last action was to remonstrate with Salah after the forward opted to shoot, rather than lay Ox off for a shot. 6


Sadio Mane - Went off early in the first half as a precaution. NA


Mo Salah - He worked away on Sunday, eventually getting his goal. But tonight he was frustrating everyone, including himself. Greedy, profligate and always under or over-hitting passes. It wasn't his night. 6


Roberto Firmino - As always, it was a display of selflessness from Bobby but he was infuriating at times. He's guilty of 'overplaying' at times, when simple passes will do. But we were glad of him in the final 10 minutes, when he stepped around a tackle in the Wolves box before knocking a shot pace the keeper for the winning goal. 7


Subs:


Takumi Minamino - Solid. Unspectacular. At this stage, minutes are all that matters. There's no tougher league to settle into than the Premier League, and he'll not have a more intense introduction than he did tonight. 6


Fabinho - Came on for the Ox in the second half and helped settle us down after the home side levelled. Glad to have him back. 7


Divock Origi - Not on for long. NA



 

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